Notre Dame’s ski teams earn special award


Dan Costigan Award goes to the Irish after record-setting day.

Yesterday, as Notre Dame's girls and boys teams were both wrapping up MHSAA regional titles at Pine Knob, they found out they also won the special "Dan Costigan Award," which goes to the top combined girls and boys team in each division. It also was the first time in school history that both teams captured regional titles in the same season.  

The Dan Costigan award was initiated during the 2014 ski season and is named in memory of longtime Detroit Country Day ski coach Dan Costigan, who died in 2012 at the age of 55 after a brief illness from a skin and blood disorder. He also was named the MHSAA ski "Coach of the Year" in 2006. Costigan's wife, Patty, now heads the DCDS program.

Craig McLeod, who assists Notre Dame's boys and girls head coach John Deibel, said that when Costigan died, his wife created the award in his honor.  

"We earned that distinction and were given the award by Patty yesterday," McLeod said. "Dan was a great guy and we should be really proud of being recognized with this award!"

NDP head coach Deibel added that getting the award also meant a lot to him. "There were a lot of tears when the award was presented to us," he said. "This was very moving for me personally."

More on the team wins yesterday

Notre Dame's boys team finished yesterday with a team score of 48, besting second-place Flint Powers by nine points, while the girls had a score of 31 to top second-place Cranbrook Kingswood, which scored a 70. Leading the way for the Irish were Sydney Lintol and Joey Warseke, who each took first place in the giant slalom, and Katelyn Kozole, who took first place in the slalom. Notre Dame also received top-10 finishes from Meghan Kozole, KC Kennedy, Hailey Schindler, Jack Lintol, Nick Schulte and Ryan Hoeppner.

Both teams now advance to the MHSAA state finals, which will be held at Schuss Mountain on February 26. Go Irish!

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