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Cassius Winston officially signs with Michigan State for basketball
Thursday, November 12, 2015

On the first day of the NCAA early signing period, U of D Jesuit High School standout point guard, Cassius Winston, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Michigan State University.

Winston, a four-year starter for the Cubs, verbally committed to the Spartans on September 17th after a lengthy recruitment.  MSU head coach, Tom Izzo, will be adding Winston, a top-30 player nationally, to an already incredible recruiting class, which includes other top players Nick Ward, Miles Bridges and Josh Langford.  “I feel blessed that I have this opportunity to have a dream come true.  Signing today nearly completes the process of me becoming a Spartan”, Winston said.

Winston’s U of D Jesuit career has been the most decorated of any player in the school’s 139-year history. Heading into his senior season, Winston’s accolades include: three-time All-Catholic league selection, three-time All-Detroit, two-time All-State performer, Dream Team member and two-time team MVP.  Many of the state’s basketball enthusiasts consider Winston as one of the leading contenders for the prestigious Mr. Basketball Award, which is given to the state of Michigan’s premier player.  Winston has his sights set on a state championship for his U of D Jesuit team, as well as individual goals, which he says will accompany winning and performing at a high level.  Being named Mr. Basketball and being selected to the McDonald’s All-American team and Jordan Brand Classic are within reach for Winston.

Winston has led the Cubs to three consecutive Catholic League titles and two straight trips to the MHSAA Final Four.  As a junior, the lead guard averaged over 22 points per game, while passing out 7.2 assists per contest.  Although Winston is a very capable scorer, passing may be his best attribute.  Spartans boss, Tom Izzo, once described Winston as “the best high school passer he has seen since Magic Johnson.”
Follow Cassius Winston and the U of D Jesuit Cubs as they embark on their quest for a third straight trip to the Final Four, capping it off with that elusive state championship.  They will open the season on December 7th versus Chicago Morgan Park.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30PM at Calihan Hall on the campus of University of Detroit-Mercy. 

U of D Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame dinner set for December 5
Monday, November 09, 2015

The U of D Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame dinner is set for Saturday, December 5 when the second class will be inducted. The dinner will include Ring of Honor team inductions, Hall of Fame inductions, and the Distinguished Service Award.

Individuals being inducted are: 
• Carl Schmidt ’37       • Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J. ’54 
• Bruce Maher ’55       • Tim Sullivan ’66 
• Dan Hoff ’72            • Walter Jones ’72 
• Jim Bobbitt ’81         • Mike Van Antwerp ’93 
• Geoff Pope ’02 

The 1954 Metropolitan League and Goodfellow City Championship Football Team will be added to the U of D Jesuit Team Ring of Honor, located in Curley Hall. The 1954 football team won the City Championship when they defeated St. Mary’s of Redford, 23-20, in one of the most historic victories in Cub history.

Chuck Gumbel ’64 has been selected to receive the Hall of Fame’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award in honor of Tom Coyne '62.

For more information, please contact the U of D Jesuit Athletic Office at 313-927-2391.

Tennis team earns league and state honors
Monday, November 02, 2015

The U of D Jesuit tennis team, led by head coach Jim Slaughter, enjoyed another successful season, winning their fourth straight regional title and finishing a close second in the Catholic League championship. The season ended with the team finishing fourth in the Division 2 state finals, the teams third straight top-five finish. Following the end of the season, the team and the following players earned league and state level honors:

Catholic League:

  • All Catholic: Joe Wilson, Louis Wyre 
  • All League: Freddy Heegan, Michael Caserio
  • All Academic: James Rivard 


  • Regional Co-Champs
  • Regional Coach of the year: Jim Slaughter


  • All State Honors: Joe Wilson, Louis Wyre
  • All-State Academic Team

Congratulations to the U of D Jesuit tennis team on a fine season!

Varsity football headed to the playoffs!
Monday, October 26, 2015

The U of D Jesuit varsity football team defeated Redford Thurston on October 23, 38-0 and giving the Cubs an automatic berth into the MHSAA playoffs where the Cubs will play Detroit Martin Luther King High School.

The Cubs started the scoring early, scoring on their first drive of the game, capped by a 20 yard touchdown run by junior Scotty Nelson. On Thurston's first possession, Nelson picked off an Eagles pass and ran it back 70 yards, giving the Cubs a 14-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, the Cubs blocked a Thurston punt, which led to a Niccolo Seilo 32-yard field goal to extend the U of D Jesuit lead to 17-0. In the second quarter, junior Yusuf Lewis powered into the end zone from 17 yards out, giving the Cubs a 24-0 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, Victor Hill took a reverse 41 yards down the left sideline extending the U of D Jesuit lead to 31-0 and late in the third quarter, Cam Hall intercepted a Thurston pass at the Eagles 4 yard line and ran it in for the score, giving the final margin of 38-0. The U of D Jesuit defense recorded their second straight shutout and their third shutout of the season, forcing four Thurston turnovers.

The Cubs will now take on Detroit Martin Luther King in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs. Game date and time are yet to be announced.

Hockey Tryout Information
Monday, October 26, 2015

Varsity and JV:

Monday, November 2  at Hazel Park Arena Olympic  3:30-5:00PM
Tuesday, November 3 at Hazel Park Arena Olympic  3:30-5:00PM

Bus transportation provided on Tuesday; there is no school on Monday.

Basketball Tryout Information
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Academy (A & B Teams):
Tryouts will be held November 3, 4, 5 from 3:15-5:00PM in the main gym. Team selections will occur Wednesday, November 5th at the conclusion of the final tryout.

High School (Freshman, JV & V):
Tryouts will begin on Monday, November 16th
Freshman from 3:15-5:00PM in the Main gym
Junior Varsity from 5:00-7:00PM in Aux Gym
Varsity from 5:00-7:30PM in Main Gym

Varsity Football: Important Student Information
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Any student that plans on attending this Friday's Varsity football game at Redford Thurston High School: Administration states that it is the official district policy that any student attending Friday night's game must present their U of D Jesuit student ID for entry. If you do not have your ID with you, you will not be allowed entry into the game. Thank you and GO CUBS!

Freshman Football Venue Changed
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Freshman Football game will be played on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Redford Thurston High School instead of U of D Jesuit. Game time is 5:30PM. GO CUBS!

Varsity Football defeats Brother Rice, 34-0
Monday, October 19, 2015

The U of D Jesuit varsity football team broke a few streaks on Saturday, October 17, defeating Brother Rice, 34-0. For the football Cubs, it was their first Central Division win since 2006, their first win against Brother Rice since 2001, and the first regular season win against Brother Rice since 1972.

The Cubs were led by junior quarterback Scott Nelson, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores - on the day, Nelson ran for 135 yard and was 3 of 6 passing for 25 yards. On defense, senior Greg Leatherwood and junior Brian McNamara - Leatherwood recorded 12 tackles, including six tackles for loss, while McNamara was in on 10 tackles.

The Cubs are now 5-3 and will take on Redford Thurston at Thurston on Friday, October 23 with the chance to clinch their second playoff berth in three years. Game time is 7 PM. Go Cubs!

Buryta honored by Detroit Catholic League with named award
Friday, October 02, 2015

Every spring the Detroit Catholic High School League (CHSL) hosts a Scholar-Athlete banquet where the league honors the service of faculty, administration, and most importantly, the best and brightest student-athletes in each sport. The Catholic League has attached names to some of the Scholar-Athlete award, which include a select and legendary group of individual teachers, coaches, and mentors, including John Shada (football), Ralph Owen (baseball), and Sam Madden (basketball) to name a few.

Last month the CHSL Executive Board met at Sacred Heart Seminary and voted on a proposal that was unanimously passed. Today, I have the privilege of informing everyone in the U of D Jesuit family that the CHSL Men’s Bowling Scholar-Athlete award will now be named the “Chris Buryta Award” to the top academically achieving male bowler in the CHSL as selected by the CHSL Executive Board each spring. This follows Chris’s induction into the CHSL Hall of Fame in 2015. It is a testament to his 40 plus years of service to the U of D Jesuit community and high school bowling.

Please join me in congratulating Chris Buryta, a man for others, on this unique and special honor. 

Nick Kocsis

Athletic Director, U of D Jesuit



Former collegiate swimmer added to coaching staff
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

U of D Jesuit High School recently bolstered its swimming coaching staff with the addition of Jason Austerman, who will assist Head Coach Jason Black and Diving Coach Tom Mulhern. Most of Coach Austerman’s life has revolved around swimming - he began competitive swimming at the age of five and became a two-time USA Swimming state meet high point champion. Coach Austerman swam at the collegiate level for both Michigan and Michigan State and recently served as the swimming coach for the Huntington Woods Aquatic Club, the head coach of the Tropical Storm HWAC Development Program, and as a stroke analyst for TWEAK Competitive Swim Training. U of D Jesuit is proud to welcome Coach Jason Austerman to "the High."

U of D Jesuit hockey alumni update
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This year, seven U of D Jesuit alumni will be playing college hockey, while three others will be play junior hockey in preparation for collegiate hockey:

  • Craig Pefley '13 will be starting his collegiate hockey career with Ferris State
  • Chris Morgan '13 starts at Northland College, a Division III school in Wisconsin
  • Mac Olson '09 will captain the Hobart hockey team in 2015-2016
  • Evan Moore '10 will begin his senior season at Robert Morris University
  • Evan's twin brother, Matthew '10, will be playing at Lawrence University
  • Anthony Stempin '11 begins his junior season at Northland College
  • Timmy Moore '12 will start his sophomore year at Robert Morris.
  • Matt Meininger '14 is moving from the Cenral Canada Hockey League (CCHL) to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) this month   
  • Christian Wirth-Karbler '15 will be in Philadelphia with the NAHL
  • Jack Deines '15 will be in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) with the Soo Eagles

In addition, senior Drew Meininger has affiliate status with Aberdeen in the NAHL allowing him to complete his senior year at UDJ but get playing time throughout the season in the NAHL on an as needed basis.

Congratulations to all of these young men as they progress with their hockey careers at the next level!

Apap '14 commits to Michigan State for hockey
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

U of D Jesuit alumnus Tommy Apap '14 has verbally committed to Michigan State University for ice hockey for the 2016-2017 season. Apap, who will be playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League (USHL) this upcoming season, would be the first U of D Jesuit hockey alumnus under Head Coach Rick Bennetts to play at Michigan State. During the 2014-2015 season, Apap played for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), producing 43 points in 63 games, earning including "Player of the Week" honors and Top Prospect Tournament status.

During his high school career, Apap was a four-year member of the U of D Jesuit hockey and lacrosse teams, earning All-State honors in both sports. In hockey, scored 38 goals and recorded 92 assists during his time on the varsity hockey team, capped off by a phenomenal 63 point campaign his senior year, where he helped lead the Cubs to the Frozen Four.

"Tommy Apap is a gifted and talented hockey player with excellent size, skill and ability to play at the highest level but more important than that, Tommy is a fantastic human being", says U of D Jesuit hockey coach Rick Bennetts.  "He does all the right things when nobody is looking, makes sandwiches gives money to the homeless, gives underclassmen rides to and from practice and values his family as you would want everyone to.  Tommy is the son everyone would want to have and the young man all parents would want their children to idolize, even though he is academically and athletically gifted and talented, he is still the hardest working student in the classroom and athlete on the field and ice doing so with incredible humility."

"Tommy also has a tremendous family support system with his parents, Paul and Maureen, and his siblings, Teddy and Ellie. The Apap family consists of some of the finest people I know and it is a tremendous honor to coach their sons."

Congratulations Tommy and to the entire Apap family!













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