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Burtya 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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