The De La Salle Collegiate alumni basketball tournament was a great success once again. Alumni ranging from the classes of the 1970s to as recent as 2018 joined together for an action-packed day at the Bill Fox Gymnasium filled with competitive basketball, bonding, and a great deal of fun.
The winners of the alumni basketball tournament Joseph Novak family trophy was the 2017/2018 combined team, which consisted of the following players: Justin Fischer, Luke Pfromm, Kole Gjonaj, Keith Larson, Ryan Anderson, Brendan Kraiza, and Giovanni Plumaj. They defeated the team put together by the classes of 2010 through 2013 in the championship game.
“I really think the alumni tournament is important and it is a fun way to reconnect with your past teammates and past alumni,” said Justin Fischer ‘18, the current starting point guard at Lake Superior State University. “Everyone plays hard and it is really fun. Hopefully, we can keep this tournament going for a long time.” Fischer was a three-year varsity basketball player at De La Salle from 2015-2018 and was one of the leading contributors on the 2018 team that advanced to the Final Four of the MHSAA state tournament.
In a touching tribute to the late John Schmid, a business teacher at De La Salle Collegiate from 1975 to 2005, the 70s/80s game was dedicated to his life and the impact Schmid had on the men when they once roamed the halls of De La Salle. Schmid, unfortunately, passed away on January 24, 2020, after a battle with Lou Gerhig’s Disease.
The two teams held a moment of silence for Schmid prior to the tip-off of their game. Classes from the 1970s through the 1980s, 2002, 2003, 2009, also participated in the event. The tournament was sponsored by Joe Thomas, '02 Thomas Financial and DJ Hill, '89 of Jet's Pizza.
The alumni basketball tournament is open to former De La Salle basketball players for an opportunity to compete for the Joseph Novak Family Trophy.