MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Feb. 3, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate only won two events in Saturday’s Macomb County Swimming and Diving Meet held at L’Anse Creuse North.
But that was enough for the Pilots to capture an unprecedented seventh straight county championship.
“We were expected to win, but we were going to have to earn it,” De La Salle coach Jim Singelyn said. “Everyone would need to step up and do their job. “We no longer have the luxury of four All Americans at our disposal. They’re all swimming in college.”
Diving quadruplets Joey Basha, Justin Huttenlocher, Justin Burke and Alec Streberger helped pave the way for the Pilots’ latest county title. Their combined 64 points were more than eight different teams scored in Saturday’s meet.
“We have four divers that all competed at states last year,” Singelyn said. “We got a huge boost from them. After that (64 points) we had some separation from Dakota.”
Basha grabbed the top spot, winning the diving event with a combined score of 415.00. Huttenlocher came in second with 367.40; and Burke (306.55) and Streberger (292.60) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The other big win came in the 200 medley relay when Max Swiatkowski, Sam Streberger, Daniel Talbot and Devon Baker beat Lakeview by .06 seconds, finishing with a time of 1:42.30.
The Pilots totaled 323 points, enough to out-distance Dakota (305), Chippewa Valley (280), Fraser (204), and L’Anse Creuse North (201).
Things got a little dicey when the Pilots’ 200 freestyle relay team was disqualified.
“I honestly have no clue what they were looking at, because my guys didn’t leave early,” Singelyn said. “(But) it actually got my guys fired up.”
With their outstanding performances, two Pilots qualified for the state meet. Seniors Daniel Talbot (100 Butterfly and 100 backstroke) and Daniel Gierlach (200 freestyle) will compete at the Division 2 State meet at Eastern Michigan University, March 8-9.
Over the past 10 years, the Pilots have produced eight All American, 45 All-State, 63 All-Catholic and over 100 All-County performances.
Here’s a list of other top-six finishes by Pilots’ swimmers: Daniel Gierlach, second, 200 freestyle (1:48.34); Max Swiatkowski, sixth, 200 freestyle (1:53.63); Juan DiCosmo, sixth, 200 IM (2:05.72); Devon Baker, second, 50 freestyle (23.32); Daniel Talbot, third, 100 butterfly (54.56); Juan DiCosmo, sixth, 100 butterfly (57.24); Daniel Gierlach, third, 100 freestyle (50.02); Max Swiatkowski, fifth, 500 freestyle (5:04.08); Daniel Talbot, third, 100 backstroke (57.13); Sam Streberger, fourth, 100 breaststroke (1:04.37); Devon Baker, fifth, 100 breaststroke (1:04.74); Max Swiatkowski, Sam Streberger, Daniel Talbot, Daniel Gierlach, third, 400 freestyle relay (3:25.13).
WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 2, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate is hosting its annual Favorite Teacher Breakfast for all freshman students on Wed., Feb. 13.
The annual breakfast – which recognizes the positive impact that teachers at our partner schools have had on our freshmen – begins at 7:30 a.m.
The Admissions Office asks that students provide the name of their favorite grade-school teacher, as well as the principal from their alma mater. De La Salle will then extend an invitation to those individuals.
The reservation form is below:
Students and parents are reminded that reservation deadline for this is Tue., Feb. 5.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Steve Laudicina, or stop by the Admissions Office.
DETROIT (Feb. 1, 2019) – Despite the subzero temperatures that blanketed Michigan this week, De La Salle Collegiate’s Kyle Betlej braved the harsh conditions to attend the annual Catholic Schools Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Betlej, a junior, said the first reading at the Mass with Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron as the celebrant.
About a dozen Catholic schools were represented at the morning Mass.
“Most people did not make the Mass due to the weather, but Archbishop Vigneron was happy with his ‘small flock’ that came out to the Catholic Schools Week Mass,” said Kathleen Fraylick, De La Salle’s director of campus ministry.
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 29, 2019) – For the past four years, Future Pilots Appreciation Night has been an outdoor, gridiron event hosted on the downtown Detroit campus of Wayne State University.
But this month, the De La Salle Collegiate Admissions Department brought the event indoors. Last Friday, the all-boys school hosted future Pilots to pizza and a triple-header line up of basketball games against archrival Birmingham Brother Rice.
Aside from the clean sweep on the hardwood, the admission night was an all-around success as 167 grade-school boys attended the sold-out varsity game.
“I just want to thank everyone for all of the support this past Friday,” said Steve Laudicina, director of Enrollment Management. “We had a total of 177 future Pilots sign up to attend the game and 167 of those Pilots showed up. We packed the gym and made it a night to remember for everyone involved, especially the seniors on senior night.”
This annual event has served as an opportunity for school administrators to meet grade-school students who’ve shown interest in receiving a Lasallian, Catholic education at the all-boys high school in suburban Detroit.
Adding to the excitement of Senior Night, the school held a halftime contest to award a $500 tuition voucher to an unsuspecting eighth-grade boy. Two eighth graders – Jack from Rochester Holy Family and Jonathan from Ira Immaculate Conception – won a raffle drawing to compete in a halftime shooting contest.
Each had 60 seconds to make three shots – a layup, free throw and three pointer. The one to make all three shots first was to win the $500 voucher for the 2019-20 academic year. The two boys were award a $500 tuition voucher after finishing in a close tie.
Social Studies teacher and varsity soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar said the event was a strong, positive impression with many of the attending families.
“Talking to our young visitors and their parents, they seemed excited to one day having their boys walking our halls as future Pilots,” Mukhtar said. “The sweep by our basketball program certainly helped make the day memorable.”
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 29, 2019) – This Thursday, Jan 31, parents of current and incoming students are encouraged to attend De La Salle’s Tuition Assistance Night.
This informational night will begin at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Come learn about the tuition assistance that is available from De La Salle. This assistance is funded directly from De La Salle and its supporters. The school receives no outside funding from the Archdiocese of Detroit or parishes/institutions. De La Salle allocates the funds in the order the applications are received, verified, and accepted.
For more information regarding tuition assistance, click HERE.
Do not let tuition be the reason your son is not at De La Salle, because we won’t!
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 22, 2019) – Last week, the De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees approved a $2 million athletic field project that will significantly improve the educational-athletics experience for its current and future students.
St. John Baptist de La Salle Field will be the first major facility upgrade to the all-boys school in 15 years. Currently in its 93rd academic year, De La Salle moved to Warren in 1982.
“St. John Baptist de La Salle Field will provide our Lasallian community an outstanding location for athletic and co-curricular programs,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “On behalf of the Brothers and our Board of Trustees, I offer our deepest gratitude to those men and women who have so generously supported this project.”
The new, fenced-in facility will include a multi-use athletic field, scoreboard, grandstands that will seat 1,500 fans, and a press box to accommodate coaches and media. The field will be used primarily for Pilots football, soccer and lacrosse, but it will also entertain other programs.
Beginning in 2020, the new athletic field will be advantageous to the Admissions Department, which oversees the school’s successful summer camp programs. Approximately, 300 of the 750 annual campers sign up for football, lacrosse and soccer, combined. The school’s award-winning marching band – the Marching Pilots – will also benefit from the use of the new field, as will physical education classes and intramural programs.
A supporter of De La Salle, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated $300,000 for the rights to name the athletic field, which is located on the west end of the school’s 20-acre property.
A timeline for completion of St. John Baptist de La Salle Field has not been established. However, the hope is construction can begin as early as mid-May and Pilots’ fall sports teams will begin using it by Sept. 1.
“This outdoor athletic field renovation represents years of planning, fundraising and work by staff, coaches, administrators, trustees, donors and alumni,” De La Salle athletic director Mike Watson said.
All three levels – varsity, junior varsity and freshman – of soccer and lacrosse will use the new field for practices and games. Junior varsity and freshman football will also have full use of the field. However, the three-time state championship varsity football will not play at St. John Baptist de La Salle Field. They will continue to play home games at Wayne State University’s Tom Adams Field.
Despite the grass fields, De La Salle’s programs that practice and play on it have managed to produce winners in the past. Aside from the football titles, lacrosse has one state crown and soccer has five state championships.
“The addition of a new artificial infill turf field will not only improve the aesthetic of our athletic facility, but create a playing surface that is consistent and safe,” De La Salle athletic director Mike Watson said. “As a new home to the football, soccer, lacrosse, band programs as well as physical education classes, the field also offers De La Salle the opportunity to host youth, CYO and MHSAA events, and will be a showcase for Lasallian education.”
Last fall, the Pilots’ regular-season soccer schedule consisted of three home games – all played at Macomb Community College. Now, De La Salle will join 11 Catholic League and 19 Macomb County schools that already enjoy the benefits of playing and practicing at home on artificial surfaces.
And legendary soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar is looking forward to finally playing true home games.
“It is our educational and athletic responsibilities to provide our students a safe environment for the boys to play and compete on equal level fields with other outstanding schools,” he said. “The soccer and football programs are two of the finest in the state and now with this project our athletes will have the opportunities to flourish even more.”
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2019) – De La Salle sophomores enjoyed a beautiful retreat day at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House learning and practicing being called to be Christ’s disciples.
The theme of the day was Discipleship, Called. Outside the students experienced a meditation walk along a brick labyrinth, they prayed a rosary at the grotto, and they walked the Stations of the Cross.
LAKE ORION, Mich. (Jan. 12, 2019) – Last Saturday, 52 students from De La Salle Collegiate competed in Michigan’s District 7 DECA Conference with 21 of the young men advancing to the state competition in March.
“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe,” said Aarran Meier, De La Salle’s DECA advisor. “All did amazingly well.”
Eighteen Pilots did better than that at the district competition held at Lake Orion High School. The 21 students qualified for the State Career Development Conference, which will take place March 8-10 at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
State qualifiers were seniors Connor Popa (Franchise Business Plan), Evan Ferry (Food Marketing Services), Tommy Landa and Brandon Ross (Hospitality Service Team Decision Making), Jack Henderson (Food Marketing Services), Dominic Balice (Entrepreneurship), Athan Konon (Entrepreneurship), Matthew Komorowski, Josh Warminski, Drew Cummins (Start-Up Business Plan), and Steve Klein, Ryan Kosalski, Nino Picciurro, (Start-Up Business Plan), Dino Bucci (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making), Eliot Koehn (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making), Evan Brengman (Business Service Marketing); juniors Noah Cole (Principles of Business Management), Jarod Amparo (Business Service Management) and Andrew Raphtis (Restaurant and Food Service Management); and sophomores Vince Motowski (Human Resource Management) and Thomas Marsh (Business Finance).
State winners will be among the field of 17,000 high school students from around the world who will qualify for the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 27-30.
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Christian Dean is the 2019 recipient of the Richard A. Balgenorth Lasallian Award for Higher Education.
The annual $1,000 scholarship, which is in tribute to the memory of the De La Salle alumnus, has been awarded each year since 2009. Balgenorth, who graduated in 1975, believed De La Salle Collegiate plays a crucial role as a foundation for lifelong learning. The award aims to financially assist a graduating De La Salle senior continue his education at a college or university.
“Winning the scholarship means a lot to me as it is an opportunity to help with tuition, books, and other materials to be successful in college,” Dean said.
Dean has been accepted to 10 colleges, including the University of Michigan and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. An avid art student, he intends to pursue a career in animation or illustration.
“Christian is an prolifically creative thinker,” art teacher John Hicks said. “He has had success making works digitally, as well as through traditional media. Some of his works have been selected to be used on pamphlets, and T-shirts printed for the school. Works and ideas flow out of Christian’s brain faster than he can even make them. Anytime you see him in the halls, he has a pencil behind his ear, and is carrying a sketchbook, with extra drawings, notes, and images spilling out of it.”
Dean has been a four-year acting member of the school’s Drama group, the Wig and Mask Society (WAMS), and has appeared in the school’s fall and spring plays since freshman year. He has also had roles in plays presented at Regina High School.
“I have enjoyed every moment I’ve spent in the shows,” he said.
According to drama director Kevin Fitzhenry, “Christian has been a workhorse in drama and all of his activities.”
Dean’s performances are not limited to the fall and spring plays, however. During his junior year, a group of students began preparing and recording a weekly news show, and he has been an anchor for First Class News.
He is also involved with Campus Ministry, saying the prayer at the end of each school day on the school’s public address system, and singing in the choir at school Masses. He is headed to Washington, D.C. this month with other students for the annual March for Life.
Dean is a member of the National Honor Society, carries a 3.8 grade-point average, and is also a four-year member of the Student Council, the Link Crew, and has served as a student ambassador for the Admissions Department.
He has a varsity letter in cross country, and is a four-year track athlete.
Dean is also a player buddy for the Miracle League of Michigan, and appears in costume as the league’s mascot Homer at games during the season. He has also participated in charitable events such as Walk with Me Detroit and Miles that Matter.
In his scholarship application essay, Dean wrote about his high school experiences. “I am convinced that De La Salle was instrumental in my personal growth. I have learned that failure can be the greatest teacher, and that in failures lies opportunity.”
The son of alumnus Christopher Dean, ‘89, the school’s Assistant Principal for Academics, Dean noted the impact of his father’s stories of his time at De La Salle.
“Someday, perhaps 30 years from now,” he said, “I hope my son will have the opportunity to attend De La Salle Collegiate, and I will be able to share with him the lessons that originated from St. John Baptist de La Salle: there will always be an opportunity to help others.”
ALL-TIME RECIPIENTS OF THE BALGENORTH SCHOLARSHIP
2009 – Andrew Holub and Michael Albani
2010 – Bernard VanBerkum
2011 – Kyle Sant
2012 – Aaron Brzezinski
2013 – Andrew Piontkowski
2014 – Alexander Valentini
2015 – Nicholas Jozefczyk
2016 – Kevin Jones
2017 – Russell Hu
2018 – Michael Ososkie
2019 – Christian Dean
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 10, 2019) – On Wednesday, Duncan Pattison became the 11th grappler in De La Salle Collegiate’s 14-year wrestling team history to amass 100 career victories.
The senior reach the milestone during the Pilots’ Catholic League tri-meet at the Bill Fox Gymnasium, securing a technical fall in his 140-pound match against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Alex Haynes. De La Salle (9-3, 2-1) beat the Eaglets, 56-12.
In their opening match against Detroit Catholic Central, the Pilots put up a good fight before falling, 36-25, to the visiting Shamrocks.
Pattison is now tied for ninth in all-time wins with Pilots assistant coach Adam Masakowski (2006-09) and Reggie Bostock (2015-18). Pattison is just the fourth Pilot in the last five years to achieve 100 wins, joining Damani Wallace (119 wins), Jason Hertel (114) and Bostock, a freshman wrestler at Adrian College.
Pattison is six wins away from passing Joe Schudt (2010-13) for eighth place all time. Rounding out the top seven are Brandon Mattinen (153), Matt Cusumano (146), Brennan Kelly (132), Jacob Mocny ( 124), Jake Jones (120), Wallace (119), and Hertel (114).
Here are the results from Wednesday’s Catholic League tri-meet against Detroit Catholic Central and St. Mary’s:
Catholic Central 36 – De La Salle Collegiate 25
112: Double forfeit
119: Valentino Scicluna (CC) over Coty Brocker (DLS) (Fall 1:58)
125: Jack O`Donnell (DLS) over Carson Biagioli (CC) (Fall 3:45)
130: Kamron Davenport (CC) over Rocco Rydzewski (DLS) (Dec 13-6)
135: Camden Trupp (CC) over Jeremy Schelosky (DLS) (Fall 1:35)
140: Jacob Bisdorf (CC) over Duncan Pattison (DLS) (Dec 4-3)
145: Logan Sanom (CC) over (DLS) (For.)
152: Reggie Ryder (DLS) over Mohamed Jaffer (CC) (MD 16-5)
160: Joseph Urso (CC) over Brett Stanley (DLS) (Dec 4-2)|
171: Michael Ramirez (CC) over Vincent Compton (DLS) (Dec 7-2)
189: Kenneth Ryder (DLS) over Andrew Ross (CC) (Fall 1:58)
215: Michael Young Jr. (DLS) over Boston Meisner (CC) (Dec 3-1)
285: Jack Lietzow (DLS) over Benjamin Flake (CC) (Fall 3:17)
103: Joshua Bisdorf (CC) over Joshua Caldwell (DLS) (Fall 3:18)
De La Salle Collegiate 56 – St Mary Prep 12
119: Coty Brocker (DLS) over (OLSM) (For.)
125: Jack O`Donnell (DLS) over Jack Bungart (OLSM) (Fall 2:33)
130: Rocco Rydzewski (DLS) over Joe Garmo (OLSM) (Fall 0:44)
135: Kyle Filby (OLSM) over Jeremy Schelosky (DLS) (Fall 4:09)
140: Duncan Pattison (DLS) over Alex Haynes (OLSM) (TF 16-1 0:00)
145: Daniel Leonard (OLSM) over Fischer Schluessler (DLS) (Dec 8-5)
152: Reggie Ryder (DLS) over Mason Trask (OLSM) (Fall 1:58)
160: Brett Stanley (DLS) over Zarruh Suponkulov (OLSM) (TF 19-3 0:00)
171: Anthony Orow (OLSM) over Vincent Compton (DLS) (Dec 5-4)
189: Kenneth Ryder (DLS) over Cole Whalen (OLSM) (Fall 4:40)
215: Michael Young Jr. (DLS) over Jacob Mansour (OLSM) (MD 13-5)
285: Jack Lietzow (DLS) over Luke Selakowski (OLSM) (Fall 6:31)
103: Joshua Caldwell (DLS) over (OLSM) (For.)
112: Double forfeit