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Rice to hold volleyball reunion matches

  Brother Rice will hold its annual reunion for former Crusaders volleyball players, as well as alumni matches on Friday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in the school’s South Gym.
  All Rice volleyball alumni are invited to play in the matches and attend a post-event reception. There is no need to RSVP.
  “This event has been an annual tradition in our program for many years,” Crusaders coach Br. Paul Ickes said. “I always enjoy welcoming our alumni players back to campus, and I am really looking forward to showing them our new trophy cases.”
  For more information on the reunion, contact Br. Ickes at (773) 428-1957 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Not at a loss

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Coach unfazed by Spartans’ slow start

  Winning isn’t the only thing for Jason Rhodes.
  Sure, the Oak Lawn coach prefers it to losing, but at least in the early portion of the Spartans’ 2013-14 schedule, Rhodes isn’t using it as his sole measuring stick. With an inexperienced roster at his disposal, Rhodes knows that practicing patience is vital.
  “The reality is, we’ve got four seniors, but only one played much [last year], so there’s a learning curve,” he said. “They just have to get used to playing at this level. They’re going to get there, but it’s nothing like they’ve seen before.
  “I’m less concerned about the outcome right now than the [developmental] process. We’re getting better every time out.”
  Evidence of that was presented on Friday, when Oak Lawn hosted Lemont in a South Suburban Conference crossover game. The Indians’ lineup included 3-point specialist Mike Wisz, who drilled 10 long balls in one outing last season.

Staying on course

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs keep rolling forward, still unbeaten

  The post-Hillcrest letdown that John Chappetto feared never materialized.
  Oh, there were moments during last week’s practice sessions where Richards players seemed to lack an emotional edge, but it was nothing that game-night competition couldn’t remedy.
  While neither Bremen nor TF South represented the same kind of imposing obstacle for the Bulldogs to clear as the Hawks had the week before, Richards didn’t let its guard down and managed to take care of business smartly. Against the Braves last Tuesday, for example, the Bulldogs used a 22-11 scoring advantage in the opening quarter to gain the upper hand, which eventually translated into a resounding 64-36 South Suburban Conference crossover victory.

Feast, then famine

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders whip Vikings, fall at Fenwick

  Along with death and taxes, one of life’s certainties through the years has been that Brother Rice basketball teams will include plenty of good shooters.
  Before the 2013-14 season concludes, the current batch of Crusaders may very well take their place alongside other great Rice marksmen of the past. For the moment, though, accuracy rates as more of a four-letter word than an eight-letter one.
  Neither of the Crusaders’ outings last week featured them in ideal offensive form. On Tuesday, that didn’t matter, seeing as how visiting St. Laurence endured even greater struggles and ultimately dropped a 58-38 verdict in the Chicago Catholic League neighborhood showdown.

The great eight

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Chargers’ depth sinks three foes 

To reach the heights this season, Stagg must display depth.

  Everyone on the Chargers’ schedule knows the kind of damage Max Strus can inflict upon them. Appropriately, more and more opposing game plans are being designed with the idea of lessening the 6-foot-6 senior’s impact as much as possible.
  Lincoln-Way East was particularly effective at doing exactly that Friday night in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter. The Griffins devised a scheme that shackled Strus and limited him to seven points, which came on one field goal and five free throws.