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Banquet Marks Official End To 2001 Season

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Nov 5, 2001 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
At the Sterling Inn Banquet Center in Sterling Heights, the Fall Sports Banquet marked the official end of the 2001 Football season and the playing careers of the 2001 football seniors. Everyone enjoyed a fun-filled night as the Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity football teams were honored. The Varsity football awards went like this: M.V.P- Joe Novak M.V.P. Offense- Joe Novak M.V.P. Defense- Matt DiMarco M.I.P. Team- Justin Turner Scout Team Player- Joe Hutek Special Teams Award- Rob Miller Tom Bonino Award- Gary Larimer John Vitale Lineman Award- Keith Walewski Also at the banquet, Joe Novak (1st team), Matt DiMarco (2nd team), Keith Walewski (2nd team), and Justin Turner (Honorable Mention) were named to the Macomb Daily Class A All-Macomb team. Congratulations to all the players who received awards at all levels. The banquet also marked the official beginning of off-season workouts. The two captains named for the off-season workouts are Joe Novak and Chris Kiehl. All players from all levels have to make their commitment to the football team and off-season workouts. The only way the team will get better is if everyone commits themselves to making themselves better. There is no reason why the 2002 football team can't achieve many great things and beat Brother Rice, Catholic Central, U of D, and St. Mary's. It can happen if YOU want it to. The time is now. There is no tomorrow, especially for the 2002 seniors. Together, we can do it! Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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Tough Year Comes To A Close

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 19, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
With the team working hard in the offseason and improving throughout 7 on 7 competitions and scrimmages, the 2001 season looked bright for the Pilots. But as the year went on, injuries took their toll and thined the teams depth. In the end, the Pilots ended up with a 2-7 record for 2001. Don't let the recod fool you, the team competed hard all season. They never gave up and that is a testament to the seniors and the rest of the team. There were times when the team could have given up, but they didn't. Instead, they kept moving along, playing with heart and desire. But in the end, the bounces almost always went against the Pilots. It was a tough year, but also a learning experience for the underclassmen. Equipment will be collected on Monday and it is at that time the varsity players must give their $92.00 for their equipment. It is also at that time when the players will vote for post-season honors and elect captains for 2002. The football honorees will be announced at the fall sports banquet November 6th at the Sterling Inn Banquet Center. Also on Monday, the off-season workouts will start. A note to the players: The workouts are there to make the team bigger, faster, and stronger for 2002. By missing out on these workouts, you are cheating yourself and your team out of a successful season next year. Be a part of the solution and do all you can to make yourself and the team better. Juniors, it is now your time to lead. Make the most out of it. As always, Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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Catholic League Honors

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 17, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Congratulations to the following players who received honors from the Catholic League and its coaches: All-Catholic (Central): Joe Novak All-League (Central): Matt DiMarco Keith Walewski All-Academic (Central): Gary Larimer All-League Honorable Mention (Central): Justin Turner Chris Kiehl Dennis Czuchaj Congratulations to these players for attaining these honors for their play on the gridiron. Great job!
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Heartbreak Hotel

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 11, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Pilots, who gave a valiant, gutty, gritty effort and fought hard until the very end, lost a heartbreaker to Bishop Foley, 15-14. The Pilots struck first as they recovered a Foley fumble on the opening kickoff on the Foley 7 yard line. The first play from scrimmage, Joe Novak ran it in to give DLS an early 7-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, Foley drove down the field and scored on 4th and goal to tie the game 7-7. Late in the first quarter, DLS drove down the field, highlighted by Joe Novak's 46 yard run, and scored when offensive tackle Keith Walewski fell on a Justin Turner fumble in the endzone to give DLS back the lead at 14-7. In the second quarter, Foley scored to close the gap to 14-13. On the extra-point attempt, the snap was fumbled, and holder picked up the ball and threw it to the backside tight end who caught the ball and gave Foley a 15-14 lead. In the second half, both teams drove down the field, but stalled near the red zone. Towards the end of the game, DLS drove to the Foley 25, but Joe Thomas' pass was picked off with 8 seconds left and the game was history. The Pilots certainly gave a great effort in the game, but unfortunately came up short. The offense and defense played well throughout the game and gave DLS chances to win the game. Following this weekend's CHSL playoff action, DLS could either play Detroit Mumford or Notre Dame Prep next week. Stay tuned to the website for more info. Until then, Go Pilots!
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Pilots Prepare For Foley

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 10, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
With two games the go in the regular season, the Pilots are preparing themselves to end the season on the upswing and to give the team momentum going into 2002. De La Salle will next play Bishop Foley at Bishop Foley on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm. This game will be tough and heated, especially with many of the players knowing each other from their grade school/middle school days. Come on out and support your Pilots on to victory Friday night against the Ventures at Bishop Foley. Good Luck and Go Pilots!