We are adding a 5K Alumni Fun Run to the end of our DLS Speed, Strength and Running summer camp. The camp runs from July 9-12 at the BRAC from 8:30-12 pm.
DETROIT – This week, De La Salle’s International Baccalaureate students continued their summer service projects by helping facilitate Field Day at Maybury Elementary School in southwest Detroit.
In conjunction with Summer in the City – a non-profit organization bringing diverse groups of people together to invest their energy in Detroit – 14 De La Salle students helped organize the Tuesday event. The seven seniors and seven juniors coordinated event stations that consisted of a giant rainbow parachute, a dance party, a temporary tattoo station, button-making, soccer, and cooking s’mores.
The De La Salle students (hometowns in parentheses) who participated in this week’s service project were seniors Joe Pierce (Harrison Township), Anthony Stull (Clinton Township), Dominic Balice (Macomb), Jack Studnicka (Macomb), Ian Earle (Sterling Heights), Connor Weir (Rochester Hills), Vince Compton (Macomb), Noah Lundgren (St. Clair Shores), and juniors Jacob Cosart (Fraser), Andrew Raphtis (Sterling Heights), Adam Zepp (Fraser), Michael Tomenello (Harrison Township), Ty Kosloski (Sterling Heights) and Tom Bechtell (Chesterfield).
DETROIT – John Pompeo, a graduate of De La Salle’s last Detroit class, received an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was presented Saturday night at the organization’s 40th annual ceremony held at Motor City Casino Hotel’s Sound Board Theatre in Detroit.
Pompeo, along with WDIV colleagues Steve Garagiola and Jamal Bransford, beat out eight other nominees in the Feature News Report – Light Feature category. The three-minute piece, titled ‘Jerks are Doing it Right’ (below) was about aggressive drivers in construction zones.
“It was a great evening and it’s always a great honor to have your work singled out as some of the best on the business,” said Pompeo, who has won 16 Emmys. He has been nominated 59 times.
Pompeo, a 1982 graduate of De La Salle, is a veteran photojournalist of local television news for more than 30 years. He has worked in Lansing, Flint, San Francisco, and Detroit.
A lifelong Michigan State fan, Pompeo earned two Bachelor’s of Arts degrees – in Journalism and in Telecommunications – from MSU. He also has a Master’s in Communications from Wayne State University.
Aside from his Emmys, Pompeo has been honored with numerous Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters honors. He’s also a past recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Michigan Photographer of the Year from NATAS-Michigan Chapter.
The Michigan Chapter of the NATAS is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The Emmy is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing EMMY selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work.
FRASER – Students in De La Salle’s International Baccalaureate programme dodged rain showers while volunteering at last Saturday’s Run Drugs Out of Town 5K run/walk, hosted by Families Against Narcotics (FAN).
Students and staff helped fill and tie 3,000 biodegradable balloons with strings that were released for someone who has died due to overdose or someone who is in recovery. Assistant principal Brad Cusumano and IB coordinator Stephanie Howay led a group of 16 DLS students at Fraser High School. The volunteers included graduated senior Nathan Jarski, along with incoming seniors Dominic Balice, Nick Binno, Vince Compton, Robert Cornwell, Kevin Kathawa, Athan Konon, Jacob Kujawa, Noah Lundgren, Nino Minniti, Conner Popa, Jack Studnicka, Anthony Stull, Connor Weir, Alex Scotta, and Ian Earle.
This marked the eighth year FAN has hosted the event.
Participants also remember loved ones by wearing special shirts, buttons and hats or carrying signs. A memory tent allowed for the display of banners or pictures of loved ones who have died due to addiction.
Cusumano, Howay, Jarski, Scotta and Studnicka also ran in the 5K.
Saturday was the second time that De La Salle IB students have volunteered for FAN. Several students worked the FAN Fall Fest dinner fundraiser last October at Penna’s of Sterling.
WARREN – John Bernard will never forget the time he first met Bernie Holowicki.
An encounter that took place in the gymnasium at St. Gregory on Detroit’s northwest side ignited a 50-plus year friendship that lasted until this week when Holowicki – who coached basketball and baseball at Detroit De La Salle for two years – died at his home in Livonia. The legendary Detroit Catholic High School League coach was 86.
Bernard, who played four varsity basketball seasons for Holowicki – three at St. Gregory and one at De La Salle – said above everything else, his coach was aboveboard with everyone.
“He would work your butt off, but he taught fundamentals, and he was always fair,” said Bernard, a member of De La Salle’s Board of Trustees. “He only got mad in a game once. He always kept it together until we got in the locker room. He tried to never embarrass a kid out on the court.”
As a young athletic administrator, doing the right thing mattered to Holowicki. A graduate of St. Hedwig in southwest Detroit, Holowicki wasn’t afraid to terminate a subordinate in 1964 when he learned that the coach refused to integrated black players onto St. Gregory’s grade-school team.
Bernard, who is African-American and lived near Fenkell and Dexter, was a sixth grader when he approached Holowicki about being the ball boy for the Cherokees’ varsity squad.
“He asked me if I was on the fifth and sixth grade team and I told him, ‘No, the coach told me I couldn’t try out’,” Bernard said. “We went down to the coach, and Bernie, who was the athletic director, said, ‘Why couldn’t this kid tryout?’ He said, ‘because we already have one of him on the team.’
“Bernie fired him on the spot.”
Five years later, before Bernard entered his senior year, St. Gregory High School closed.
Holowicki got a job coaching at De La Salle, and Bernard was headed to Brother Rice to finish his high school career. But that was before Holowicki persuaded the prep star to join him on the east side.
“When Bernie got the job at De La Salle he said I should come with him, and that’s where I ended up,” Bernard said. “I had to take four buses to get to De La Salle. Bernie said, ‘come over here with me.’ He picked me up and I worked out with those guys in the summer. They were big, and Les Skalski was such a good person, but I knew I could play with these guys. I just didn’t know they were 3-17 the year before. I was just following Coach Holowicki.”
Holowicki started coaching at his high school alma mater in 1953. But he’s best known for his more than two decades at Detroit Catholic Central, where he coached the Shamrocks from 1971-94.
In more than 40 years of coaching, he compiled an impressive 612-216 overall record, which still ranks seventh all-time in wins among boys’ basketball coaches in Michigan high school history.
During his two seasons at De La Salle, Holowicki coached the Pilots to a 30-11 combined record and reached the Class B quarterfinals against Saginaw Carrollton in the 1970 state tournament.
At least three school records fell that season, Holowicki’s first at Connor and Gunston. That year, the 16-7 Pilots went on an amazing 12-game winning streak, scored a school-high 94 points in a 32-point blowout over Redford Bishop Borgess, and capturing the school’s first-ever Class B state regional championship.
“He loved our team because we had a lot of Polish kids,” said Bernard, laughing. “We had Les Skalski, Chris Nacu, and Bob Kus, and Mike Yankovich, Gary Swirski and Cass Wisniewski, and me.”
Then, in the spring of 1970, Holowicki coached the Pilots to a division baseball title.
“We didn’t have anything in terms of baseball at De La Salle, but Coach Holowicki willed us to win,” said Bernard, who also starred on the Pilots’ football and baseball teams. “He put us in the right spots. He wasn’t a good baseball coach. He was a great baseball coach. He could see things … he was brilliant with baseball.”
But following his second year at La Salle, Holowicki made a family decision, accepting the CC job, which was closer to home.
“It was just too far for him to come here,” Bernard said. “He taught in Dearborn and lived in Livonia, so it was a long way for him to the east side.”
Holowicki was a nine-time Catholic League Coach of the Year, and was honored as Midwest Basketball Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 1986. He coached the West team in the 1994 McDonald’s High School All-American Game at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
He also was the head coach at Madonna University from 1995-2004 and served an additional 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the Crusaders’ program.
Holowicki is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Jean; five children, Kevin (Dorian), Mark (Tina), Gregory, Stephen (Jennifer) and Beth (Will Diebel); siblings, Frances Francavilla, Mary Ann Nadolski, Richard and Raymond; and six grandchildren.
Visitation is planned for Monday and Tuesday (June 18-19) from 3-8 p.m. at The Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Road in Farmington, Mich.
The rosary will be prayed Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on June 20 at 2 p.m. at Detroit Catholic Central High School, located at 27225 Wixom Road in Novi.
Congratulations to De La Salle Alumnus Shane Morris, DLS ’13, inducted on June 11 into the Catholic HIgh School League (CHSL) Hall of Fame.
He was an outstanding player for the Pilots’ football team, serving as team captain for two years, and led the team to three district championships and one regional championship.
Shane received numerous honors for his play, including All County, All Metro East, All League, and All Catholic honors.
He was named the 2013 Michigan Blue Chip #1 Player in the State.
At the University of Michigan, he was a four-time varsity letterman.
Shane earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in 2017 at the University of Michigan, and also has taken graduate courses at Central Michigan University. He played his fifth year at CMU (redshirted at UM).
Other CHSL Hall of Fame Athletes who are De La Salle alumni include:
Jack Brusewitz, Don Zelinski, Jerry McCabe, Keith Karpinski, John Vitale, Alan Budnick, Allen Jefferson, Bruce Irvine, Mike Peplowski, Doug Jolly, Matt Julien, Don DeDonatis, Bert Bondi, Matt Handzo, Tim Lieckfelt, Vince Thomas, Patrick Mahoney, Sean Dobson, Tim Poley, Jason Okroy, Chris Haag, Alex Marcotulio, Mike Schypinski, Giancarlo Brugnoni, Alex Pierse, and Connor Tava.
Congratulations to recent graduates Bryce Bush and Kyle Jones. Both have been selected to play in the 37th Annual East-West All Star Baseball Game on Friday, June 29, at Comerica Park. The game is at 7:10 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Youth baseball players in uniform get in free.
Bryce is a verbal commit to Mississippi State University, and was also drafted in the recent MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Kyle, a pitcher, will be heading to the University of Toledo.
Coach Steve Schypinski said, “Bryce set the all time school record with 25 home runs. He is a special talent who has an extremely bright future at the professional level. Kyle is a hard throwing right-handed pitcher with a tremendous breaking ball. He was All-Catholic two years in a row. I look forward to seeing what he can accomplish at the University of Toledo over the next four years.”
Congratulations to our 2018 CHSL Scholar Athletes. These students were honored at the CHSL Banquet on Monday, June 4, along with DLS Teacher of the Year Mr. John Berlin. Tom Sciortino won the top Bowling Award. During the season, Tom bowled a 300 game, and the Pilots also won the CHSL Bowling Championship.
Pictured are Justin Fischer (basketball), Tom Sciortino (bowling), Jacob LaRue (hockey), Anthony Comito (golf), Kyle Jones (baseball), Jacob Badalamenti (baseball), and Danny Frederick (swimming).
In his first appearance at the MHSAA Individual State Finals, sophomore Chris Comito shot 164 (85,79) over the two-day, 36 hole tournament, finishing 13th in the field of 18. The top three individuals in each of the six regions qualify; the tournament was held at Grand Valley State University.
The second year varsity golfer qualified for the state finals by taking second at the Regional Tournament on May 31. Chris qualified, although the team did not, finishing fourth on a tie-breaker.
Assistant Varsity Golf Coach Mr. Dennis Koch said, “Chris had a tough first day and battled, but was better on Saturday. This was a good experience for him, and hopefully he can build on it and lead the team next year.”
Mr. Koch noted that at the State Team Finals, the top teams were familiar opponents. Grosse Pointe South won, after coming out of the region in first, and Seaholm finished third, also a regional competitor, beating the Pilots by one stroke in the tie-breaker to win a spot at the state tournament. During the CHSL dual-match season, the Pilots beat both Catholic Central, the fifth-place finisher, and Brother Rice, the seventh place finisher. Rice finished second in the region.
Congratulations to junior Joe Zynda! Joe took 7th at the MHSAA Division 1 Track Field meet in the Discus event. His throw of 154’6″ exceeded his 134′ qualifying throw at the Regional Championships May 18. His All-State medal is a companion to his 2017 State Football Championship medal!
Joe was 13 feet behind the first place discus thrower at the state meet, and is confident that he can qualify again next year. His goal is to not only win the meet, but to break the school record of 175′, set by Ray Bruzos in 1994.
Track and Field Head Coach Mr. Dominic Reid was particularly enthusiastic about Joe’s accomplishment. “Joe has come a long way. His top throw sophomore year was 112′, and his hard work and perseverance paid off with his big improvement from regionals to the states.”
Mr. Reid notes that Joe is in line to receive an Academic All-State Medal, which will be announced later this month.
As for Joe, he carries a 3.87 and participates in the school’s Powerlifting Team; he placed at the state event this season. Read more. The team’s coach, Mr. Brent Castine, said, “The fact that Joe Zynda is an all-state discus thrower doesn’t surprise me at all. He’s an extremely talented athlete, but what truly sets him apart is the leadership he exhibits amongst his peers, as well as his unparallelled work ethic. He never takes days off, and attacks every practice and workout with everything he’s got. It really is exciting to see all of his accomplishments thus far, especially since he still has a full year left of competing at DLS.”
Joe is also a member of the football team, and begins summer varsity football workouts begin the week after exams. Joe is a guard, and plays both offense and defense.