WARREN, Mich. - Each year, the senior class at De La Salle Collegiate, along with the coaching staff, vote for senior athletic award nominees. Below are the selections for these various prestigious awards for the class of 2019.
Brother Kevin Gilhooly Athlete of the Year Award
Presented to a student-athlete who has excelled in one or more sports. Namesake Brother Kevin Gilhooly was the visionary leader that transitioned De La Salle from its Detroit home to the current location in Warren. This award, in his honor, is earned by the most outstanding athlete in the senior class.
Huttenlocher is the definition of student-athlete at De La Salle. He is the only senior athlete to be named all-state 1st team in two sports. As a standout goalie and captain for Thaier Mukhtar's team that reached the MHSAA Division 1 semifinal, Huttenlocher proved to be one of the finest goalies in the Catholic League and the entire state. As a diver for head coach Jim Singelyn, Huttenlocher and the Pilots reached the top 4 in the state at the Division 2 meet in Justin's junior year and finished as runner up in 2016 with the help of this fab frosh. Huttenlocher was also a part of maintaining a streak of seven straight Macomb County swim titles.
Huttenlocher has earned recognition as a Walt Bazylewicz Award (Most outstanding male athlete in the Catholic League) finalist. He earned CHSL soccer award finalist status as a candidate for the league's most outstanding player. In all, Huttenlocher earned seven varsity letters, all-state first-team recognition twice, he was named all-district and all-region three times each. He was also named All-Catholic, all-league, and earned two team district championships in soccer. He will be a dual-sport athlete at Albion College in the fall.
DINO BUCCI, III
Tony DeSantis Man of the Year Award
Named after legendary De La Salle math teacher and football coach, the award winner epitomizes the love and care Coach DeSantis had for all students at De La Salle through involvement in athletics, academics, and activities. The DeSantis winner exhibits outstanding achievement in academic, athletic, and club pursuits.
Dino Bucci is considered by many as the unofficial mayor of the Collegiate. Do-it-all Dino maintains an outstanding GPA, holds a position as the senior class president, is a starter at the center position and member of the back-to-back state champion football Pilots, is a member of the Pilots hockey team and leads the BroZone in his spare time.
In April of this year, Dino was named De La Salle student of the month, but the award does little to describe the selfless contributions this young man has made to the school he attends. This selfless leader was named Catholic League all-academic in football, yet switched positions in hockey season for the sake of the team.
Brother Robert Carnaghi Lasallian Spirit Award
The Br. Carnaghi Lasallian Spirit Award was established in 1995 and affords honor and distinction to the De La Salle Collegiate student that has left an indelible mark on his class and school through his selfless support of the overall athletic program.
When the call went out to students to lead the BroZone, Elliott Koehn was first in line. Selected by his peers, Koehn was instrumental in organizing themes, helping the athletic department and Bro-Zone faculty leader Lindsey Tula at all spirit functions. Koehn was likable by his peers but respected enough to address poor sportsmanship when necessary.
Koehn could be seen at countless events supporting his brothers. Whether it was in the front row at football, hockey, basketball, or even at swim and wrestling meets, Elliott Koehn personified the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal.
Senior Scholar-Athlete Award
The De La Salle Collegiate Scholar-Athlete Award is earned by the senior student-athlete that exemplifies outstanding academic achievement while competing successfully at the varsity level. In essence, the award winner best combines athletic and academic achievement.
As valedictorian of the class of 2019 and winner of first honors among several academic departments upon graduation, what more can be said about the academic success of this Michigan State University-bound student?
A lot can be said, in fact.
Schaeffer is a multiple-time letter winner in baseball and helped lead the Pilots to a Catholic League championship as a junior in addition to a MHSAA district title. Schaeffer approaches his work on the diamond similarly to how he approaches his studies. He is a tireless worker that never misses a workout and is always there to support his brothers on and off the field of play.
JOSHUA DeBERRY (co-winner)
Distinguished Senior Athlete Award
The De La Salle Collegiate Distinguished Athlete Award is earned by the senior student-athlete that is the most outstanding representative of his chosen sport(s) and is a tremendous example of what De La Salle stands for. This year, we have two such athletes who have stood out among their classmates.
Josh DeBerry was quite simply the playmaker of the two-time state championship football team. As the finest skill player on the finest team in Division 2, DeBerry earned several awards including All-Catholic and first-team all-county. In addition to being named the team MVP, best defensive player and best defensive back for the Pilots, DeBerry earned a bevy of major national awards after being ranked as the No. 28 recruit in the state. He earned listings among multiple media sources as a prep all-American including USA Football's first-team All-America team. Josh committed to Boston College to continue his athletic and academic career.
SAM STREBERGER (co-winner)
Distinguished Senior Athlete Award
Sam Streberger distinguished himself as an outstanding three-sport student-athlete for De La Salle earning 11 varsity letters including four in cross country, four in swimming, and three in track.
As a cross country athlete for Sandy Buchanan's Pilots, Streberger entered the school as the Pilots Rookie of the Year Award winner. From there, he ran his way to a top-20 finish at Catholic League Championships.
In swimming, Streberger also excelled, qualifying for MHSAA Finals twice, earning three all-Catholic awards and being named all-county six times. This captain was also a part of two county championship relay teams. Jim Singelyn's Pilots finished as state runners-up in 2016 and placed 4th in 2018 in addition to capturing four Macomb County championships during Streberger's career.
As a track athlete in distance events, Streberger was a multiple-time county meet and MHSAA regional qualifier. He was a finalist for the Michigan High School Coaches Association Multi-Sport Athlete Award.