With high-scoring forwards Timmy Kirkwood, Brett Bagus and Ryan Hanacek returning for their junior seasons, first-year coach Paul Manning had a pretty good indication in June when he accepted the job that Brother Rice was going to be competitive.
His intuition proved correct.
Brother Rice (9-4-1, 21 points) sits in third place in the Catholic League standings behind Providence and Benet. Additionally, the Crusaders have defeated a pair of state powerhouses in Glenbrook South and Benet.
“We’re doing well,” said Manning, who succeeded Jamie Pembroke behind the bench. “I’m very proud of the boys. They’ve been focused. We could be doing even better. We lost a couple of games in overtime. We win those games and you never know where we’d be.”