By Tom Cagney ‘16
Brother Rice’s scholastic bowl team has definitely had a year to remember. With a flawless 9-0 season behind them, the Crusaders turn to face the new challenges in front of them at regionals.
“The season started a little shaky,” said varsity coach Michelle England. “Our practices would not suggest that we were going to end the season undefeated. Our first match against Fenwick suggested otherwise, however.” This was the first of nine victories for the Brother Rice team, a streak that would be unbroken by any competitor this season.
With all-stars Aidan Raftery and James Loughney as a base, the Crusaders were a force to be reckoned with. Mrs. England described them admiringly: “James knows geography information that makes me drop my jaw. Aidan just knows a wide range of topics. His brain reacts to the questions and he makes connections more quickly than most of the players.”
Aidan Raftery looks at things realistically. Looking back on the relaxed and low stress practices, he doesn’t believe that the Rice team is as competitive as some of the teams they will be facing at regionals. “We have a chance at regionals,” Aidan said, “but it will be difficult.” He has the highest regard for his teammates and knows what the team is capable of, but he doesn’t want to get his hopes up to high in anticipation for what’s to come.
The Brother Rice varsity scholastic bowl team will go to regionals on Monday, March 7. It’s predicted that Rice will hold one of the top seeds in the competition, but it will not be certain until the seeding meeting. As for the competition itself, England is optimistic: “As long as the players show up, we have a very strong chance of winning a couple matches at regionals.” With the competition right around the corner, the biggest question the Crusaders have to ask themselves is how much they want the trophy.