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SOCCER: All-News-Herald Team (PHOTOS)

Woodhaven's Justin Coghill

Trenton's Garrett Nabozny

Here are the members of the 2012 All-News-Herald Soccer Team:



Kyle Agius, Riverview: Agius was one of the better defenders in the area and also had a knack for scoring with 10 goals and seven assists. A solid all-around player on a talented team, the senior earned all-league, all-district and Division 2 honorable mention laurels.



Jacob Bak, Woodhaven: This was junior Bak’s second year on the varsity team in his role as defender. Coach Bernie Turner described him as the unsung hero for the Warriors. Bak was named to the all- Downriver League team, the all-Warrior Classic Tournament team, and all-district first team and was voted team MVP.



J.R. Bonadies, Riverview: An emotional and defensive leader for the Bucs, Bonadies contributed three goals and 17 assists on the season for the district champions. As a junior, Bonadies earned all-league, all-district and Division 2 honorable mention honors.



Carson Claypool, Inter-City: The talented senior midfielder has been a force for the Chargers for years and earned Division 4 all-state honorable mention recognition after another successful campaign.



Justin Coghill, Woodhaven: A junior forward, Coghill led the Warriors with 14 goals this season. Despite not receiving much relief or support on the field because of a small roster, very few opponents were able to stop him. Coghill was named to the all-Downriver League team, the all-Warrior Classic Tournament team and received all-district team honorable mention. Coghill was also a News-Herald “athlete of the week” and played most of the season battling an injury.



Gabe Dahl, Riverview: The all-league, all-district and Division 2 all-state third team selection provided a powerful scoring punch for Riverview this season with 24 goals and 26 assists.



Dustin Demetroff, Carlson: Although his season was cut short from a knee injury, the senior forward was always a threat to opponents when he was on the field. In 12 games he recorded six goals and one assist. Coach Mario Parody described him as an aggressive player with good ball control.



Davide DiPoce, Trenton: Junior DiPoce led the Trenton Trojans with 22 goals this season and added five assists. He played primarily as a forward, but saw some time at midfield as well. DiPoce was often a player the team turned to in times of need. “Whenever we needed a goal, he seemed to find the back of the net for us,” Coach Tony Ciarlo said.

DiPoce was named to the all-Downriver League team, as well as the all-district and all-regional teams and received Division 2 all-state honorable mention.



Derek Doran, Inter-City: The senior provided a lethal 1-2 punch with teammate Evan Kraatz and joined him on the all-league and Division 4 all-state first teams. With 14 goals and 13 assists, he was Inter-City’s second leading scorer.



Jeff Drzyzga, Grosse Ile: The junior led Grosse Ile in scoring this season with 12 goals and 15 assists. Seemingly involved with every scoring play, Drzyzga was an important cog in the Red Devil offense throughout the season and playoffs and earned Division 3 all-state honorable mention recognition.



Dominic Fusco, Cabrini: A solid all-around player for Cabrini, Fusco contributed 11 goals and 11 assists for the Tri-Sectional champions and earned All-Catholic League honors.



Karan Ghuman, Huron: The senior midfielder/defender scored five goals and 10 assists for the Chiefs this season and was always in the right place at the right time. “He read the game very well and was always in the right position,” Huron Coach Dan Rossow said.



Kyle Gill, Trenton: Senior Gill is a three-year varsity player who played every game in net as keeper this year. Playing in all 20 games, he finished the year with a 15-5 record. Gill had 10 shutouts and gave up just 19 goals all season. He was name to the all-Downriver League team as well as the all-district team. Gill was also voted team captain by his teammates this past season.



Nico Gonzales, Cabrini: Gonzalez led the Monarchs in scoring with 20 goals and added five assists on the season and joined teammate Fusco on the All-Catholic first team.



Stephen Gutowski, Ander

son: Senior Gutowski racked up three goals and two assists in his role as captain for the Titans during the 2012 season. His physical play was a key aspect in maintaining balance in the middle of the field. Coach Mike Rader was most impressed with his leadership and ability to help develop the younger players on the team. Gutowski received all-conference and all-district awards this year.



Richard Hodnicki, Anderson: Junior Richard Hodnicki led the Anderson Titans this season with 14 goals and eight assists. He had a great season playing in the outside midfield position for the Titans. Coach Mike Rader described Hodnicki as extremely talented with the ball and does an excellent job of producing scoring opportunities for his teammates. Hodnicki also received all-conference and all-district awards this season.



Nathan Hoge, Huron: The senior led Huron in points this season with 24 goals and 11 assists. Seeing time at both forward and as a midfielder, Hoge earned All-Huron League honors and received Division 2 honorable mention honors.



Kevin Hoxha, Truman: Although Hoxha missed the first five games of this season, the senior still managed to lead the Cougars in goals this season- his third straight year in doing so. In two state tournament games Hoxha recorded four goals.



Blake Kirkland, Inter-City: The junior was a defensive leader for the stingy Chargers and was a member of a backline that had a hand in 12 shutouts this season. Kirkland’s defensive efforts earned him all-league and Division 4 all-state third team honors.



Evan Kraatz, Inter-City: Kraatz was a scoring machine once again for Inter-City and led the team with 31 goals and 18 assists. The junior was named MVP of the Michigan Independent-Blue league and was named to the Division 4 all-state first team.



Zach Lemerand. Grosse Ile: The senior defender was the leader of a talented Red Devil backline that, along with Sassack, allowed only five goals in six post-season games. With district and regional championships in tow, Lemerand was named to the Division 3 all-state second team.



Alex Masserant, Grosse Ile: Masserant’s aggressive style made him a force at midfield for the Red Devils this season. The senior scored five goals with nine assists this year and earned Division 3 second team all-state honors.



John Mertic, Woodhaven: Senior captain Mertic is a three-year letterman, who played the defender position. This past season Mertic really stepped up and played above his normal game when the team lost many players to injuries. Mertic had little time to rest during games but never backed down. Coach Turner described him as an excellent athlete and a very skilled player. Mertic was named to the all-Downriver League team, the all-Warrior Classic Tournament team and received all-district honorable mentions. He was also voted team player of the year.



Ahmed Mousa, Melvindale: Senior captain Mousa led his team with 21 goals and 10 assists this season in his position as forward. He led his teammates both on and off the field, practicing extremely hard while maintaining a 3.8 GPA all season.

“Ahmed is a fierce competitor who played with passion every game,” Coach Brian Fritz said. “His intensity was contagious throughout our team.”



Garret Nabozny, Trenton: Junior Nabozny led the Trojans with his 11 assists and also netted nine goals during the season. He saw most of his time at center midfield. Coach Ciarlo called him one of the most dangerous players on the team and said he could take over a game at any moment. Nabozny was named to the all-Downriver League team, as well as the all-district and all-regional teams and received Division 2 all-state honorable mention. He was also voted team MVP by his teammates.



Nathaniel Packwood, Inter-City: Packwood finished his senior season in net for the Chargers with an impressive 12 shutouts and only allowed 15 goals all season in earning all-league and Division 4 all-state third team distinction.



Will Sassack, Grosse Ile: The senior was pivotal in Grosse Ile’s impressive post-season run and posted a miniscule .52 goals against average with 13 shutouts, which was good enough to earn Division 3 third team all-state laurels.



Ben Senior, Anderson: This was junior keeper Ben Senior’s second year on the Anderson varsity soccer team. Throughout the 2012 season, Senior recorded seven shutouts and allowed only 24 goals during regular season play. Coach Mike Rader says Senior has become much more confident in his abilities this season and has been a vital part of the team. “His stops in the late minutes of games have been really important throughout the year,” Rader said. Senior was also awarded all-conference and all-district awards this year.



Ian Sparks, Anderson: Senior Sparks helped to lead Anderson to the Downriver League title this season in his role as captain for the Titans. He finished the year with four goals and a team leading nine assists. A major part of the midfield, Coach Rader credited Sparks as a reason for the team winning so many games this season. “He is a tremendous ball handler with good vision on the field,” Rader said.

Sparks received all-conference and all-district awards this season.



Hermes Toska, Riverview: Toska was worth the price of admission for the Bucs this season and was a point-machine this season with a ridiculous 49 goals and 31 assists. Always a threat for a hat-trick, the senior was named Huron League MVP and was named to the Division 2 all-state team.

Last Updated: 12/7/2012 2:23:27 PM EST

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