WARREN, Mich. (March 29, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate alumni Mickey Davey and Giovanni Rescigno have been elected for induction into the Detroit Catholic High School League Hall of Fame.
The two former Pilots will be enshrined at an induction ceremony on June 10 at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township.
A distance runner, Davey, graduated from De La Salle in 2015. He was a standout cross-country and track star for the Pilots, earning seven regional, five Catholic League, and four Macomb County championships.
“He was a very hard worker. Dedicated to the sport; self-motivated, and went out and gave it his all every meet, every practice,” Pilots track coach Dominic Reid said.
Now a senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Davey is one of the Falcons’ top distance runners. A two-time all-Mountain West selection, the Troy native clocked the fifth-fastest 10,000-meter time in Air Force history (29:15.24) to finish 10th at last year’s Stanford Invitational.
An electrical engineering major, Davey was a national AP Scholar at De La Salle, where he graduated among the top five in his senior class.
Davey still holds De La Salle track records in both the 1600-meter run (4:15.36) and 3200-meter run (9:11.23).
Reid believes both marks won’t be passed anytime soon.
“It’s going to take another special athlete to break those records,” he said.
Rescigno was a two-sport athlete during his days at De La Salle, but it was football where he excelled most. A 2014 graduate, he quarterbacked the Pilots to a 6-4 record in his senior season, passing for 1,238 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Rescigno accepted a scholarship to Rutgers University, where he played in 23 games over the past three seasons.
“The hall of fame is a well-deserving honor for Gio,” Pilots basketball coach Greg Esler said. “He represents what a student athlete should be: class, caring and lots of talent.”
Rescigno played basketball for the Pilots until his senior when he decided to concentrate on his football career.
“I wish he would have gone out his senior year,” Esler said. “That hurt us. But he scrimmaged with us his senior year and some of his practices with us were legendary. He would go out and hit six threes in a row. Amazing kid. Great versatility, but a better person than player.
“I really believe he could have gone to a Division II school to play basketball. He was athletic and could shoot the three, plus he played physical.”
A team captain last season, Rescigno received the Paul Robeson Award for performance, leadership and dedication to the Scarlet Knights’ football program.
De La Salle is represented by 26 former athletes already enshrined in the league’s hall of fame. They are Bert Bondi, Giancarlo Brugnoni, Jack Brusewitz, Alan Budnick, Don DeDonatis, Sean Dobson, Chris Haag, Matt Handzo, Bruce Irvine, Allen Jefferson, Douglas J.S. Jolly, Matt Julien, Keith Karpinski, Tim Lieckfelt, Patrick Mahoney, Alex Marcotullio, Jerry McCabe, Shane Morris, Jason Okroy, Mike Peplowski, Alex Pierse, Tim Poley, Michael Schypinski, Vincent P. Thomas, John Vitale and Don Zelinski.