Senior Flanigan Top Pick for State Award

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Congratulations to graduating senior Blaine Flanigan, named the 2018 Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Athlete for Class A by the Michigan High School Coaches Association (MHSCA). Each year hundreds of applicants vie for the award, limited to those students who played three sports all four years of high school. Awards are given to boys and girls in each of the four athletic classes (Class A, B, C, and D).

Blaine played football, basketball, and lacrosse. He was part of the DLS State Championship Team in Fall 2017, and part of the basketball team, which finished in the Final Four in Class A. Blaine is currently a captain on the lacrosse team; he plans to play lacrosse in college at Indiana Tech, and major in Finance. He also received offers from Northwood (football), Ohio Dominican (football), Siena Heights (football and lacrosse), Albion (football and lacrosse), Madonna (lacrosse), Lake Eric College (lacrosse), University of Michigan Dearborn (lacrosse), University of Concordia-Chicago (lacrosse), Lawrence Tech University (lacrosse). He also received an academic offer from the University of Detroit Mercy. Blaine visited all of these colleges. “It was a lot of gas money!” he says. He chose Indiana Tech for its strong academic program, and the quality of its lacrosse program (NAIA). 

Each nominee received points based on academic and athletic achievement, as well as participation in other school and community activities. He carries a 3.9 GPA, and is a member of the DLS National Honor Society and the Student Council. 

Blaine will receive the award on Monday, May 14, at 3:15 p.m., at DLS, from the MHSCA’s Executive Director Larry Merx. Blaine said, “This is an incredible honor. This says something about the quality education and brotherhood at De La Salle Collegiate.”

DLS Athletic Director Mike Watson has high praise for Blaine. “This award represents what scholastic sports is all about. In fact, I believe it to be one of the most significant awards a student-athlete could achieve. At De La Salle, we promote excellence in athletics and academic pursuits to form the whole man, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Blaine. He is an incredibly steady performer who is willing to play the starring role or be part of the supporting cast. He is coachable, personable, persistent, and always strives to be the best teammate he can be. He combines academic excellence with collegiate-level athletic ability in all three sports he plays.” 

Mike Giannone, Head Coach of the DLS Football team praised Blaine, one of his starting players on the 2017 Championship team. “Blaine Flanigan was our starting tight end on the 2017 state championship team. Blaine had 8 catches for 123 yards this year.  He was a dominant force with his run blocking and was a huge part of our team success. Blaine’s ability to be a good teammate made him a real pleasure to coach. His outstanding grade point average was a contributing factor in making our football team All State Academic Division 2.”

Greg Esler, Head Coach of the DLS Basketball program for over 20 years said, “Blaine improved as the season went on. He was a pivotal piece of our state tournament run, helping his team reach the Final Four. His leadership skills are impressive. He is a solid student, and great all-around athlete, with strong religious beliefs.” 

Blaine is expected to be in attendance for his award, as he has had perfect attendance all four years of high school. 

He lives in Warren, and attended St. Anne’s Grade School. 

Basketball coach Greg Esler, Blaine Flanigan, Football coach Mike Giannone, and Lacrosse Coach Zach Issa.


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