The Brother Rice 6-4 tennis team held its own on Monday, May 6, as they defeated St. Laurence 3-2. Sean and Colin Burton (Christ the King) scored a perfect match winning 6-0, 6-0; along with Jimmy Gallagher (St. Catherine) and Jack Gorman (Christ the King) who aced their Viking opponents 6-0, 6-0. Jeremy Tryban (Prairie Junior High) secured our teams’ win with a victory in singles 6-4, 6-1.
Brother Tom Collins, photographer extraordinaire, got some fantastic tennis shots as the tennis team was picture perfect against St. Rita, defeating the Mustangs 5-0. The doubles team won their matches again, but the stars of the day were in singles. Liam Millerick secured the shutout by winning a third set tiebreaker 10-6, and Jeremy Tryban won in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. Arvydas Jarulis also won at three singles.
Brother Rice Tennis hosts a championship tennis tournament on Friday, April 26.
There is so much to be proud of for Brother Rice tennis team! BR’s number one doubles team of Sean Burton and Colin Burton battled back from 0-3 down in the first set vs. Illiana Christian to win the set 6-4.
Then battling back from 2-6 down in the Super Tiebreaker to close the gap to 8-9, the number two doubles team of Jimmy Gallagher and Jack Gorman bounced back from a tough super tiebreaker loss in the second round to WIN a super tiebreaker vs. Illiana Christian (leaving some skin on the court in the process).
Number three doubles team T.J. Saas and Daniel Rooney won in straight sets vs. Marist to help Brother Rice earn a 3-2 win over one of its biggest rivals.
2013 Brother Rice Tennis season begins with open tryouts on March 1, and Coach Grogan has very high hopes for the season this spring and believes he has the right crop of players that can make it to the state championships. Last season, the Crusaders finished 5th in the Chicago Catholic League with a 9-4 record, placing fifth in the sectionals, and sent senior James Habisohn to the state qualifier. Other important players who have moved on to college are Jack Rooney and Antanis Siliunas, leaving a definite gap in the leadership department on the varsity level.
“My biggest hope for this season would definitely have to be trying to get as many players as possible to qualify for state,” Coach Grogan said. “Our toughest opponents are definitely Loyola and Ignatius for sure.” However, the coach believes his team is ready for anything this season and has a bright perspective on the future. For the past several years, the tennis team has had anywhere between 7-10 seniors along with other juniors on a squad. This season the only two seniors on the team are the dynamic twin duo of Sean and Colin Burton, who Coach Grogan wants to push as a strong doubles team, along with juniors Jack Gorman and Jimmy Gallagher as his other important doubles tandem. “We really want to focus on sending our doubles team downstate and hopefully have as many players as possible qualify,” he said.
Some keys to success Coach Grogan feels will propel the tennis team to a successful season include, “practicing with the determination to improve,” focusing on doubles competition, and the return of Jack Gorman after suffering a serious knee injury last year. Finally, Coach Grogan felt that the team philosophy this year is that, “If you can handle pressure in practice, then you will be able to handle it in the game.”
Confidence would best describe the attitude of Coach Grogan and his team, who feel ready to take the court by storm this season. Tryouts begin on March 1, with open intramural play at the Oak Lawn Racquet Club until then. The first meet of the season will take place at home versus Richards High School on March 13.
Brother Rice High School is seeking an assistant coach to join its tennis program. We are looking for an enthusiastic tennis instructor who can teach tennis to high school students. This talented individual must have a strong work ethic, committed to exercise, teamwork and helping others.
Applicants must be skilled in teaching tennis at a wide range of levels, from beginner players to tournament players. Applicants must be willing to submit to a background check, fingerprinting, and Archdiocesan Virtus training. Applicants must have, or be pursuing, either a teacher’s certificate or a coach’s certificate.
The stipend for this position is based on experience and Brother Rice High School’s schedule B.
Inquiries should be sent to Phil Cahill, Athletic Director, Brother Rice High School, 10001 South Pulaski Road, Chicago Illinois 60655, 773-429-4300 Ext. 146, email@example.com
Brother Rice tennis is back on the roll again with senior James Habisohn qualifying for the IHSA state finals. Before last year Brother Rice qualified players for 12 consecutive years to the state finals. Now James Habisohn has brought Brother Rice back to its tennis preeminence by placing third in a field of seventeen at the University Lab High School tennis sectional. State tennis finals begin on Thursday, May 24.
The Brother Rice Tennis Crusaders began practicing this past Friday in preparation for their opening match on March 21, and as always, Coach Marty Grogan and the team are setting their sights high in the highly competitive Chicago Catholic League.
Competition will be as tough as ever this year for the Crusaders, with perennial powers such as Loyola, St. Ignatius, and Fenwick all looming on the Crusaders’ schedule, but the Crusaders look to remain competitive behind the leadership of senior captains James Habisohn, Antanas Siliunasn and Jack Rooney. Habisohn will lead the way for the Crusaders as the number one singles player for the varsity squad. He hopes to end the season at the state tournament in Arlington Heights in May. Siliunas and Rooney anchor the varsity team on the doubles side and will also seek a spot in the state tournament after falling one match short of qualifying last year.
The twin tandem of Sean and Colin Burton and fellow juniors Pat Greve and Zach Saragosa round out the varsity squad, also looking to make an impact as they move their way up the ranks. Sophomore Jim Gallagher also seems poised to claim a spot on the varsity roster after losing his doubles partner Jack Gorman to injury for the season.
Due to less-than-favorable conditions at Brother Rice, the Crusaders practice and play at the Mt. Greenwood Park tennis courts. However, the tennis program will still host its two annual tournaments, the BR Elite Tournament on April 14 and the BR Championship on April 28. Other highlights of the tennis schedule include the prestigious Oak Park River Forest Tournament in March and the Catholic League Tournament on May 11.
The first match of the season is March 21 at home against Richards.
Sessions 1 & 2:
Sullivan Park – 99th and Kostner
Session 3 & 4:
Beverly Park – 103rd and Western
Please contact Coach Marty Grogan with any questions.
Update: Monday morning tennis camp sessions will be held in the Mother McAuley gym due to the inclement weather.