22 Student Athletes Recognized on 2014 National Signing Day

Posted: February 5, 2014


Bloomfield Hills, MI, February 5, 2014 –Brother Rice High School honored its scholar athletes who plan to take their athletic careers to the next level.  22 seniors took the opportunity to sign or go definite with their plans to compete after graduating from Brother Rice High School. The 2013 MHSAA state champion football team will send 13 of its players to college playing fields. Six baseball players, 2 swimmers and thus far 1 lacrosse player have also committed to being student athletes next year.  There are also at least 6 other scholar athletes with invitations to play at the next level, that were not yet ready to make an announcement for today’s event.

“This is one of the largest groups of athletes we’ve had on a National Signing Day in recent history,” said Athletic Director Reg Cavender. “It’s a real testament to the success of our academic and athletic programs.”

The school’s principal, Brother Michael Segvich, CFC was impressed by the quantity and quality of these impressive young men. “At Brother Rice we try to develop more complete men.  By focusing on the development of our boy’s souls, minds and bodies we find that many of them have great success in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.  These student athletes have worked hard both on and off the field while here at Brother Rice. They have been nurtured and have learned how to compete in the classroom and in their sports. I see great things for them in the future.”

Newly appointed, Head Varsity Football Coach Dave Sofran ‘96 was on hand to applaud 13 of his players:

Jason Alessi ’14 St. Regis Football Yale
Sage Baltrusaitis ’14 Shrine Football West Point
Austin Brown ’14 Walnut Creek Football Robert Morris University
Chris Carter ’14 Orchard Lake Football University of North Dakota
Josh Flye Orchard Lake Football Siena Heights
Jack Grisan ’14 Abbott Football Saginaw Valley State University
Jeremy Hickey ’14 St. Regis Football Eastern Michigan University
Shaun Jones ’14 Hilbert Football Notre Dame College
Corey Lacanaria ’14 St. Regis Football Ball State University
Dominic Perkovic ’14 St. Regis Football Columbia University
Alberto Sandoval ’14 Spiritus Sanctus Football Cornell University
Brian Walker ’14 Abbott Football Notre Dame College
Damaris Woods ’14 Avondale Football Saginaw Valley State University


Varsity Baseball Coach Bob Riker ’85 introduced his players:

Ryan Donnelly ’14 Our Lady of Victory Baseball Washington College
Freddie Jehle ’14 Derby Baseball Siena Heights
Sammy Stevens ’14 Sacred Heart Baseball Georgetown University


In addition, there were six athletes that took advantage of the early signing period last fall and were introduced by their coaches Ajay Chawla ’93 for lacrosse and Mike Venos for swimming.

Ty Kiafoulis ’14 Our Lady of Sorrows Baseball University of Michigan
Randy Righter ’14 Abbott Baseball Bowling Green University
Matthew Ruppenthal ’14 Bloomfield Hills Baseball Vanderbilt University
Liam Reaume ’14 Queen of Martyrs Lacrosse Binghamton University
Bradford Jones ’14 Bloomfield Hills Swimming Bellarmine University
Joe Krause ’14 Hart Swimming Notre Dame University


Brother Rice High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men. Inspired by the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother Education, the school fosters the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and physical development of its students. The Brother Rice Community promotes excellence through an environment conducive to life-long personal growth, responsible moral choices and critical thinking.  For more information please visit brrice.edu