Vote the top DE in metro Detroit!

Hometown Life gives you the opportunity to choose who will make their 2021 All-Metro Detroit soccer team. And we want this all-area team to offer the best of the best within our reach.

This is how it works: Every day a survey for a new position group is published on our website. You have seven days to vote as often as you like for the player of your choice (Note: Only one vote cast every three hours actually counts). After the poll is completed, the winner will be awarded to the first team, the runner-up becomes the second team, the third-place finisher is an Honorable Mention, and everyone else in the poll deserves Special Mentions.

If a player is on the poll, they are guaranteed a place on the team.

How were the players selected for each poll? In early November, sports reporter Brandon Folsom emailed the sports directors of all schools in the Hometown Life coverage area that play soccer asking schools to submit nominations for our all-area team. The players listed below are the ones nominated by the school’s coaches.

Is your favorite player not listed? There is a possibility that they have been nominated for a different position (e.g. some wide receivers and cornerbacks are in the kick-returner poll). Or, there’s a chance your favorite team didn’t submit any nominees before the deadline on Wednesday November 24th. The teams had two weeks to submit nominations.

The following schools have not nominated players: Birmingham Brother Rice, Birmingham Detroit Country Day, Bloomfield Hills, Livonia Franklin, North Farmington, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Wayne Memorial, and Westland John Glenn.

Let’s remember this is for fun. It’s not just a popularity contest. Not being the first team doesn’t tarnish the great season every player has had. But this is a great exercise for fans and students to show their school spirit by going to the polls to support their favorite players.

Have fun voting!

Here are today’s nominees:

DE Logan Flaherty, Birmingham Groves

Vital signs: Senior, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds.

Statistics: 88 tackles (seven for loss) and five sacks; Also rushed 15 times for 88 yards and two TDs and caught 15 passes for 115 yards and a two-point conversion as a full-back.

Awards: All-Oakland Activities Association-White, three year old starter, team captain, and wore 3.7 GPA.

University interest: N / A.

Trainer Brendan Flaherty: N / A.

DE Victor Berger, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook

Vital signs: Senior, 5 feet-10, 200 pounds.

Statistics: 37 tackles (two for loss) and 3 1/2 sacks.

Awards: All-Catholic League, three-year starter and team captain.

University interest: N / A.

Coach Nick LaFontaine: “Victor has been our team captain and emotional leader all year round. Victor’s commitment to this program and his teammates is special.”

DE Alex Smith, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook

Vital signs: Junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.

Statistics: 43 tackles (five for loss) and five sacks.

Awards: All-Catholic League and two-year starter.

University interest: N / A.

Coach Nick LaFontaine: “Alex was our best lineman all round. I put him on the defensive because he was a playmaker for us, but he was also the guy we left behind on the offensive.”

DE Guilin Bodiu, Canton

Vital signs: Senior, 6-foot-2, 265 pounds.

Statistics: 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Awards: Two-time All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association, All-Region, three-year starter and team captain.

University interest: Offers from Lawrence Tech and Mount Union (Ohio), among others.

Trainer Andrew LaFata: “Dominant player for three years who is also a candidate in wrestling.”

DE Kameron Balhorn, Livonia Churchill

Vital signs: Senior, 6 feet, 210 pounds.

Statistics: N / A.

Awards: All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association, All-Region, three-year starter and named Team Defensive Player of the Year.

University interest: N / A.

Trainer Bill DeFillippo: “Has played a great season and is probably our most consistent performance in defense.”

DE Chibi Anwunah, Lutheran West Country

Vital signs: Senior, 6-foot-7, 225 pounds.

Statistics: 51 tackles (31 solo, five for loss), five sacks, two fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Awards: All-Michigan Independent Athletic Conference first team and also played offensive tackle.

University interest: N / A.

Trainer Scott Wiemer: “Great disruptive factor for the offensive of other teams. Best blocker on the offensive. Strong and fast for its size.”

EN Nicholas Briggs, Milford

Vital signs: Senior, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds.

Statistics: 46 tackles (eight for loss), seven sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Awards: All-Lakes Valley Conference and three-year starter.

University interest: N / A.

Coach Garfrey Smith III: “Veteran status and understanding of the defense put him above all. Nick played on the defensive line with great athleticism and strength. He was unblockable all season.”

EN Justin Gross, Milford

Vital signs: Junior, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds.

Statistics: 32 tackles (seven for loss), four sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery in just seven games.

Awards: All-Lakes Valley Conference.

University interest: N / A.

Coach Garfrey Smith III: “First year college player who brought in the energy on and off the field every day. His length, height and intelligence are what surpass him the most.”

DE Cal Rutherford, Plymouth

Vital signs: Second year

Statistics: 51 tackles (five sacks), 2 1/2 sacks, six pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Awards: All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association-West Honorable Mention.

University interest: N / A.

Trainer Greg Souldourian: N / A.

DE Andre Evans, Redford Union

Vital signs: Senior, 6 feet-3, 250 pounds

Statistics: 45 tackles (15 for loss), five sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries; Part of a defense that didn’t allow a single 100-yard rusher all season.

Awards: All-Western Wayne Athletic Conference, three year old starter and team captain.

University interest: Recruited from Madonna University and Olivet College.

Trainer Ian Iler: “Andre has really played on both sides of the ball this year. He made all kinds of problems on the offensive and then he turned around and protected the blind side of our offensive.”

DE Caden Calhoun, White Lake Lakeland

Vital signs: Junior, 6-foot-2, 260 pounds.

Statistics: 21 tackles (three for loss) and four sacks (in just five games).

Awards: All-Lakes Valley Conference.

Trainer Jim Calhoun: “Caden struggled through injury this season and played on both sides of the ball. In his sophomore year he played in the middle and on the D-line every game. His dedication in the weight room and dedication on the field was evident. Unfortunately, he had a high ankle sprain and AC joint dislocation that handicapped him at the beginning of the season. He overcame them and then played the last five games of the season, four of them with a fatigue fracture in the other leg. “

DE Dillon Gacki, White Lake Lakeland

Vital signs: Senior, 6-foot-1, 240 pounds.

Statistics: 86 tackles (15 for loss), 11 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Awards: All-Lakes Valley Conference, All-Region, team captain and three-year college player.

University interest: Receiving college interest.

Trainer Jim Calhoun: “Dillon is one of the best young men I’ve coached my 34 years as a coach. He’s a dedicated and real student of the game. Works every day, 12 months a year, weight room, movie and everything else that is needed. Average 80 games played per game. No game missed on either side of the ball. His ability to play any O-line position and excel in our defenses gives us the ability to excel at things on either side of the ball real leader because of his commitment. First there, last exit and you could also find him on a Saturday morning at 7am in the field pushing the sled around! “

Brandon Folsom reports on high school sports in Metro Detroit for Hometown Life. Follow him on Twitter @folsombrandonj.

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