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Exploder: Top Verticals and Power Toss from LMFR Combine

There’s a lot of crossover between the top performers in the vertical leap and power ball toss from The Lake’s spring combine. Two of the most versatile athletes at the combine were Ian VanDenBerg, a 6-1, 185 RB/WR from Paw Paw, and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen. VanDenBerg was second in both the vertical leap and power ball toss, after being mentioned previously for his 4.5 40 time. Wyoming junior Michael Williams had the top vertical leap, 35 1/2″ inches, after posting the fastest 40 time of 4.44 seconds.

Montague’s Jacob Buchberger will be a three-year, two-way starter for Montague who ran for 10 TDs in five games as a junior. Buchberger was in the top 10 in both as was another small-school standout, Grand Rapids West Catholic sophomore David Fox who was a two-way standout (and punter) for the Division 5 state champions.

Brent Murray, a 5-11, 194 junior from Petoskey, had some monster games running the ball for the Northmen last fall. He was first in the power ball with a toss of 44 feet and third with a vertical leap of 34 3/4″. More powerful than quick so projects as a middle linebacker or fullback, but Murray did have his moments in pass coverage in one-on-one reps. Anthony Hum, an Alma sophomore, was one of the camp’s to underclassman performers, with a top 10 showing in both.

LMFR Combine Top 10 Standing Vertical Leap:

  • 35 1/2″ Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  WR/DB  Wyoming
  • 35″  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 34 3/4″  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 33 1/3″  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 33 1/2″  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 33″  Christopher Chin  5-10  190  So  RB/LB  Byron Center
  • 32 3/4″ Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 31 1/2″ Shane Foster  6-1  205  Jr  ATH  Gaylord
  • 31 3/4″  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 31 1/2″ Jacob Buchberger  6-1  186  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 31 1/2″  Jordan Gamage  5-11  165  Jr  Sterling Heights

LMFR Combine Top 10 Power Ball Toss:

  • 44’0  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 42’6  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 41’2  Taylor Woodwyk  6-1  235  Jr  DL  Hudsonville
  • 39’5  Jacob Burchberger  6-1  185  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 39’5  Jake Boonstra  6-3  285  Jr  OL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  • 39’4  Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 39’0  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 38’7  Clay Coltson  6-1  180  Jr  QB  Hastings
  • 38’5  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 38’2  Bryce Henkey  6-0  180  RB/DB  East Grand Rapids

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LMFR Combine Top 40, Pro Agility performances

Wyoming junior Michael Williams, Paw Paw junior Ian VanDenBerg and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen dominated the speed, quickness and explosions portions of the 2015 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine. Williams, at 5-8, 165, had the top 40-yard dash time of 4.44 and highest vertical jump at 35 1/2 inches. The will just reload at Muskegon Catholic as Christoffersen, at 5-9, 165, had the fastest pro agility 3.98 seconds while running a 4.56 40 and jumpering 33 1/2″. What you liked about him, particularly as an underclassman, is that the quickness from the tests was still evident when doing it against a defender in drills. Christofferson’s teammate, running back heir apparent LaTommy Scott, was also in the top 10 in both the 40 and pro agility. Portage Central’s 5-11, 190 junior Brandon Sturgeon was also a top 10 performer in both. The most physically ready player and breakout prospect from this combine was VanDenBerg. He is Paw Paw’s school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and showed not just the wheels but the ability to show hands on the fly in one-on-ones after running a 4.56 40 with a vertical jump of 35″. That latter was on display in drills with how he could adjust and make plays on the ball at a plane beyond the DBs. What separates him is that along with the speed VanDenBerg had the second-longest power ball toss of the combine, 42’6. Not just an “Underwear Olympics” guy, VDB had a legit junior season for Paw Paw, including a 99-yard TD run and a 94-yard kickoff return TD. LMFR Combine Top 10 40-yd Dash:

  • 4.44 seconds Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  RB/DB  Wyoming
  • 4.56  Ian VandenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 4.56  Isaac Kozak  5-9  130  So  DB/WR  Rochester Stoney Creek
  • 4.60  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.62  Jamari Booker  6-0  175  DB/LB  East Kentwood
  • 4.69  Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Jr  DB/RB  Rockford
  • 4.70  LaTommy Scott  5-7  170  So  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.71  Bryce Henkey  6-0  180  DB/RB  East Grand Rapids
  • 4.71  Brandon Sturgeon  5-11  190  Jr  ATH  Portage Central
  • 4.72  Jordan Gamage  5-11  165  Jr  DB  Sterling Heights

LMFR Combine Top 10 Pro Agility:

  • 3.98 seconds  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.06  Jared Yarbrough  5-7  165  Jr  WR  Paw Paw
  • 4.25  Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 4.29  Nolan Fugate  5-11  160  Fr  DB/QB  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • 4.31  Jacob Buchberger  6-1  186  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 4.31  Evan Whitmore  6-3  187  Jr  ATH  Petoskey
  • 4.33  Joshua Atwell  5-11  179  So  RB/WR  Grandville
  • 4.33  LaTommy Scott  5-7  160  So  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.33  Nathan Manthey  5-8  156  Jr  Bangor
  • 4.33  Brandon Sturgeon  5-11  190  Jr  ATH  Portage Central
  • 4.33  Josh Lamphere  6-1  175  LB/TE  Dowagiac

O-K Red Playmakers Ready to Breakout at Saturday’s Combine

Over 100 of the Lake Area’s prospects will be at the LMFR’s combine Saturday in Grand Rapids. Many have already proven on the field to be playmakers, with or without the ball. Here are five of those future college players who we look forward to getting a closer look at 12:30-2:30 pm Saturday at the MVP Sports Spot.

Click here to come and compete against these and other top athletes.

Luke Bakker  6-0  180  ATH  West Ottawa: O-K Red linebacker who projects similarly to another recent West Ottawa prospect, Alex Zimmerman who went on to Hillsdale. May be West Ottawa’s QB in the fall. He will be the Panthers’ leading returning rusher and No. 2 returning tackler.

Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Jr  DB/RB  Rockford: He’ll be a three-year starter for one of the Lake Area’s perennially elite programs. The AP all-state safety went both ways for the Rams and was their leading tackler.

Jamari Booker  6-0  175  Jr  DB  East Kentwood: A prototype athlete for an EK defense built for speed. Booker’s a nasty hitter as an undersized outside linebacker at the high school level. Started on the Falcons’ Division 1 state semifinalist team and is being recruited by MAC and GLIAC teams.

LaTommy Scott  5-7  160  So  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central: As a sophomore he was already a big-play threat for MCC’s dominant Division 8 state championship team. In spot duty Scott scored four TDs while averaging over 12 yards per carry. With 2,000-yard rusher Tommy Scott matriculating to Saginaw Valley State, look for LaTommy to put up all-state caliber stats as an upperclassman.

Evan Whitmore  6-3  187  Jr  QB/DB  Petoskey: Petoskey doesn’t throw often, but Whitmore has the arm and frame to be a pocket presence, and also the athleticism to play defense. His brother is a linebacker at Hillsdale.

LMFR Camp Alumni

Here is where some past participants of the first two seasons of Lake Michigan Football Report combines signed. Who will be the next MAC, GLIAC and other prospects to emerge? The next combine is Saturday, March 21 in Grand Rapids.

  • Evan Akins: Navy (Hudsonville)
  • Wyatt Batdorff: Hillsdale (Forest Hills Northern)
  • Danny Bauder: Northern Michigan (Zeeland West)
  • Jalen Brooks: Ferris State (Cadillac)
  • Jake Brown: Michigan Tech (Comstock Park)
  • Ethan Campbell: Michigan Tech (Traverse City Central)
  • Brandon Childress: Central Michigan (Baldwin)
  • Dom Childress: Navy (Independence, Tenn.)
  • Connor Conaboy: Butler (East Grand Rapids)
  • Derek Diver: Michigan Tech (Traverse City West)
  • Bobby Drew: Wayne State (Saugatuck/Holland)
  • Andrew Duckett: Eastern Michigan (Niles Brandywine)
  • Tristan Eickenroth: Ferris State (Kingsley)
  • Steve Eipper: Central Michigan (Greenville)
  • Zach Evans: Michigan Tech (Kenowa Hills)
  • Kenneth Finley: Western Michigan (Muskegon)
  • Tyler Gildersleeve: Michigan Tech (Traverse City Central)
  • Landon Grove: Ferris State (Gladwin)
  • Ryan Gruzka: Saginaw Valley State (Comstock Park)
  • Matt Hall: Hillsdale (Grand Rapids Christian)
  • Chase Harrington: Northwood (Greenville)
  • Colt Harrington: Northwood (Greenville)
  • Jacob Howe: Grand Valley State (Forest Hills Northern)
  • Will Hunt: Ferris State (Muskegon)
  • Landon Kresnak: Saginaw Valley State (Mona Shores)
  • Greg Krusniak: Ferris State (Greenville)
  • Elliot Jordan: Western Michigan (East Kentwood)
  • Malik King: Ball State (Muskegon)
  • Drew Marion: Michigan Tech (Lake City)
  • Blake Mazur: Wayne State (Comstock Park)
  • Caleb McNitt: Hillsdale (West Ottawa)
  • Lincoln Mulder: Ferris State (Holland Christian)
  • Jaylen Schoenfield: Grand Valley State (Swartz Creek)
  • Logan Slaughter: Western Michigan (Mendon)
  • Connor Smith: Cornell (Three Rivers)
  • Derek Smith: Central Michigan (Kenowa Hills)
  • Travis Smith: Wake Forest (Ithaca)
  • Mitchell Stanitzek: Central Michigan (Grand Rapids West Catholic)
  • Will Stecker: Northern Michigan (Gaylord)
  • Trevor Sweeney: Western Michigan (Mattawan)
  • Nick Swore: Malone (Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian)
  • Adam Trautman: Dayton (Elk Rapids)
  • Trevor VanTubbergen: Wayne State (West Ottawa)
  • Jared Vuksan: Northern Michigan (Gladwin)
  • David Walker: Harvard (Harbor Springs)
  • Marty Ward: Tiffin (Niles Brandywin)
  • Shea Whitmore: Hillsdale (Petoskey)
  • Alex Zimmerman: Hillsdale (West Ottawa)

Class of 2016: Lake Area’s Top 25 Prospects

A strong offensive line crop usually bodes well for Lake Area talent overall, and bringing in the recruiters are three possible Big Ten guys up front in 2016 TC West’s Thiyo Lukusa and Jacob Cerny and Paw Paw’s Michael VanHoeven. The junior class if also rife with versatile, athletic playmakers, none more potent than the Lake Area’s No. 1 overall 2016 prospect Hunter Broersma, the two-way threat from D2 state runner-up Mona Shores.

  • 1. Hunter Broersma  6-1  180  WR/DB  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 2. Thiyo Lukusa  6-5  300  OL  Traverse City West
  • 3. Jacob Cerny  6-5  275  OL  Traverse City West
  • 4. Michael VanHoeven  6-5  300  OL  Paw Paw
  • 5. Tyler Bradfield  6-1  185  ATH  Rockford
  • 6. Gabe Bauman  6-3  245  LB  Rockford
  • 7. Nolan Meekhof  6-1  215  RB  Grandville
  • 8. Michael Holdship  6-0  210  LB/RB  Cadillac
  • 9. Luke Sage  6-0  185  LB  Boyne City
  • 10. Christian Boyd  6-2  270  DL  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 11. Pat Naughton  6-2  190  QB  Comstock Park
  • 12. Juanye Johnson  6-4  275  OL  Muskegon
  • 13. Gabe Steed  6-1  175  WR  Lowell
  • 14. Luke Thompson  6-0  180  ATH  Grand Rapids Christian
  • 15. Trenton Fincher  6-9  305  OL  East Kentwood
  • 16. Carl Myers  6-2  250  DL  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 17. Derices Brown  6-2  275  OL  Muskegon
  • 18. Zack VanValkenburg  6-4  230  LB  Zeeland West
  • 19. Dom Shermeta  5-11  205  LB  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 20. Jake Martin  5-11  175  ATH  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
  • 21. Deandre Oakes-Owens  6-1  170  DB/WR  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  • 22. Kyle Augustine  6-3  300  OL  Gaylord
  • 23. Dante Razzano  6-2  190  DB  Edwardsburg
  • 24. Mike Bordeaux  6-3  255  OL/DL  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 25. Jean Pierre Nkolo  6-3  200  LB  East Kentwood

2015 Lake Michigan Football Combine set for Saturday, March 21st! Registration now open!

(Photo: Matthew Busch/MLive)

(Photo: Matthew Busch/MLive)

Calling all college football prospects from the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018! The 2015 Lake Michigan Football Combine will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at MVP Sports in Grand Rapids, MI. Join top underclassmen from around the state and the Midwest for an afternoon of combine testing and one-on-one drills. Note: Due to the new venue, there are no restrictions on football cleats. Players may wear football cleats for the whole event.

ALL testing results will be made available to Division I, II, III & NAIA college coaches. The Lake Michigan Football Report has built strong relationships with college coaches in the MIAA, GLIAC, Missouri Valley, Ivy League, MAC, ACC, Big Ten, American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East), SEC, PAC-12, Big 12, the U.S. Service Academies, and the University of Notre Dame!

If you want to play college football, this is one event you DON’T want to miss! Click the picture above for complete details and registration information!

Signing Day Top 100

The Lake Area’s Top 100 2015 Recruits:

  • 1. Derek Smith  6-4  250  OL/DL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills  Central Michigan
  • 2. Bryce Witham  6-4  245  TE/DL  Grand Rapids West Catholic  Minnesota
  • 3. John Keenoy  6-3  285  OL  East Kentwood  Western Michigan
  • 4. Tyree Jackson  6-5  210  QB  Mona Shores  Buffalo
  • 5. Jon Wassink  6-3  190  QB  Grand Rapids South Christian  Western Michigan
  • 6. Wesley French  6-5  290  OL/DL  St. Joseph  Western Michigan
  • 7. Carter Masek  6-3  230  LB  East Grand Rapids  Miami-OH
  • 8. Steve Eipper  6-5  275  OL  Greenville  Central Michigan
  • 9. Sam Beal  6-2  175  WR  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills  Western Michigan
  • 10. Mason Banbury  6-4  230  TE/DL  East Grand Rapids  Cornell
  • 11. Alezay Coleman  5-11  175  DB  Muskegon   Ferris State
  • 12. Chase VanHoef  6-5  285  OL  Grand Haven  Kent State
  • 13. Adam Trautman  6-5  220  QB  Elk Rapids  Dayton
  • 14. Brandon Childress  6-3  185  QB/ATH  Baldwin  Central Michigan
  • 15. Jacob Geter  5-8  165  RB  Plainwell  Davenport
  • 16. Travis Russell  6-2  185  QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic  Ferris State
  • 17. Matt Seybert  6-4  230  TE/DL  Traverse City St. Francis  Buffalo
  • 18. Gabe Andree  6-0  185  DB  Grand Rapids Christian  Toledo
  • 19. Joeviair Kennedy  6-3  195  WR  Muskegon
  • 20. Andrew Duckett  6-1  190  QB/ATH  Niles Brandywine  Eastern Michigan
  • 21. Trevor Raby  6-4  240  OL  Zeeland West  Davenport
  • 22. Nate Couturier  5-10  160  WR  Allendale  Davenport
  • 23. Eric Plate  6-0  180  DB  Greenville  Grand Valley State
  • 24. Deontay Moffett  5-9  RB  Muskegon Mona Shores  Wayne State
  • 25. Zach McGuire  6-1  190  ATH  Traverse City West  Northwood
  • 26. Bryce Wilker  6-5  290  OL  Belding  Michigan State
  • 27. TJ Smith  6-1  215  LB  Muskegon  Ferris State
  • 28. Mason Opple  6-3  210  QB  Hudsonville  Davenport
  • 29. Kyle Toth  6-2  195  DB  Hudsonville  Wayne State
  • 30. Kenneth Willekes  6-2  215  LB  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian  Michigan State
  • 31. Nick Marosi  6-2  195  ATH  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Miami-OH
  • 32. Jarrad Whited  6-2  230  DL  Vicksburg  Siena Heights
  • 33. Sam Heyboer  6-5  210  LB/TE  Grand Rapids South Christian  Ferris State
  • 34. Jack Bates  6-3  230  LB  Grand Rapids Christian
  • 35. Ethan Campbell  5-9  185  RB  Traverse City Central  Michigan Tech
  • 36. Mike Parker  5-11  170  WR  Muskegon Orchard View
  • 37. Jordan Ferguson  6-0  225  LB  Alpena  Michigan Tech
  • 38. Michael Ivy  5-9  205  RB  East Kentwood  Davenport
  • 39. Eddie Kelly  6-1  215  RB  Caledonia
  • 40. Caleb McNitt  6-2  205  QB/ATH  West Ottawa  Hillsdale
  • 41. Jordan Cobbs  6-3  190  LB/TE  East Kentwood  Ferris State
  • 42. Grant Tennehill  5-10  215  LB  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • 43. Qiantae Ewing  6-3  235  LB  Grand Rapids Christian
  • 44. Tony Curry  6-6  320  OL  Muskegon Oakridge  Ferris State
  • 45. TJ Patterson  6-3  275  OL  Reed City
  • 46. Jay Koski  5-11  205  LB  Portage Northern
  • 47. Hunter Simino  6-2  240  DL  Portage Central  Air Force
  • 48. Thompson McWatters  6-4  250  OL  Grand Haven  Northern Michigan
  • 49. Daniel Shanley  6-2  235  LB  Grandville  Hillsdale
  • 50. Victor Williams  6-2  265  DL  East Grand Rapids  Davenport
  • 51. Rowland Sharp  6-3  250  DL  Muskegon  Davenport
  • 52. Lamar Jordan  6-0  195  LB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 53. Mason Dekker  5-10  210  LB  West Ottawa  Davenport
  • 54. Dakota Scholten  6-4  235  ATH  Grant  Davenport
  • 55. Seth Tice  6-3  270  OL/DL  Traverse City Central  Michigan Tech
  • 56. Kyle Friberg  6-2  180  QB  East Kentwood  Carthage
  • 57. Mike Egeler  6-4  225  TE/DL  Comstock Park
  • 58. Jason McDonough  5-10  165  DB  Grand Rapids West Catholic  Hillsdale
  • 59. Tommy Brown  6-2  275  DL/OL  Grand Rapids Northview  Davenport
  • 60. Smith Saenbouttarath  5-11  DL/OL  Zeeland West  Davenport
  • 61. Mike Johnston  6-1  215  LB  East Grand Rapids  Davenport
  • 62. Blake Bokheim  6-5  230  TE  Grand Rapids Northview  Davenport
  • 63. Tyler Tippens  5-9  275  DL  Muskegon Mona Shores  William Penn
  • 64. Mitchell Quakkelaar  6-3 240  OL/DL  Grand Rapids South Christian  Ferris State
  • 65. Zach Hellman  6-4  220  DL  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 66. Dereko Riley  5-7  170  RB  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  • 67. Dan Harazin  6-2  210  OL  Stevensville Lakeshore
  • 68. Jay Doll  6-0  195  QB  Paw Paw  Davenport
  • 69. Will Stecker  6-4  290  OL  Gaylord  Northern Michigan
  • 70. Cole VanOosten  6-7  270  OL/DL  Kalamazoo United
  • 71 Tristan Waters  6-2  165  WR  East Kentwood
  • 72. Tommy Scott  5-8  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central  Saginaw Valley State
  • 73. Danil Young  5-10  175  DB  Grandville
  • 74. Chase Harrington 6-3  210  LB  Greenville  Northwood
  • 75. Josh Colegrove  5-11  230  DL  Lowell
  • 76. Michael Catching  6-0 180  LB  East Kentwood  Davenport
  • 77. DeKurtis Murphy  6-5  315  OL/DL  St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
  • 78. Malik Swain  6-2  310  DL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  • 79. Parker Hall  6-4  195  WR  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern  Davenport
  • 80. Marty Ward  5-9  215  RB/LB  Niles Brandywine
  • 81. Kasey DeWitt  6-4  230  DL  Shelby
  • 82. Johnny Nutter  6-2  185  WR  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
  • 83. Matt Schuiteman  6-2  175  WR  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • 84. Brendan Huyser  6-2  290  OL  Grand Rapids South Christian  Ferris State
  • 85. Kaden Kempker  6-0  160  DB/WR  Hudsonville  Davenport
  • 86. Luke Wilkerson  6-2  195  QB  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern  Davenport
  • 87. Jaeden MacPherson  6-2  245  DL  Muskegon Cathlic Central
  • 88. Maceo Vroman  5-11  160  ATH  Boyne City
  • 89. Caden Burrows  6-3  290  OL  Cedar Springs  Davenport
  • 90. Alex Bos  6-3  230  TE  Grand Rapids Christian  Davenport
  • 91. Caleb Washington  5-6  185  RB  Muskegon
  • 92. Max Kallemetyer  6-6  230  OL  Sr  Wyoming
  • 93. Jared Rogers  6-0  205  RB  Byron Center
  • 94. Mikey Roth  5-11  190  QB  East Grand Rapids  Valparaiso
  • 95. Rys Adle  6-3  215  LB  Traverse City Central
  • 96. Dalton Ketelaar  6-1  190  QB  Vicksburg  Davenport
  • 97. Keagan James  6-1  205  ATH  Central Montcalm
  • 98. Pierce Vreeland  6-2  190  DB  Gobles
  • 99. Sammie Ryans  6-0  220  LB  East Kentwood
  • 100. Jalen Kisner  6-0  270  OL  Hopkins  Northwood

Senior Exposure All-Camp Team

Offense
MVP TJ Patterson 6-3 275 Sr OL Reed City
He came in consensus all-state as a two-way lineman who had cleared the way for one of the Lake Area’s most prolific rushing offenses, and Patterson’s performance did nothing to diminish those accolades. He’s really improved, from a big raw talent to a fit athlete who executes. GLIAC scholarship lineman.

QB Andrew Duckett 6-1 190 Sr Niles Brandywine
QB Jay Doll 6-0 195 Sr Paw Paw
RB Devon Simmer 5-9 190 Sr Whitmore Lake
RB Maceo Vroman 5-11 160 Sr Boyne City
OL Will Stecker 6-4 290 Sr Gaylord
OL Brian Beukema 5-11 230 Sr Portage Central
OL Christopher Sanders 6-5 330 Sr Benton Harbor
OL Max Kallemetyer 6-6 230 Sr Wyoming
WR Tristan Waters 6-2 165 Sr East Kentwood
WR Rob Wolfington 6-0 190 Sr Elk Rapids

Defense
MVP Jay Koski 5-11 205 Sr LB Portage Northern MVP
He had two picks in Portage Northern’s playoff win over Portage Central and showed those pass coverage skills here, looking like a true corner at times. Sharp middle linebacker who picked things up quickly and applied coaching. Versatility is his name, in addition to lockdown coverage and making plays on the ball, in the fall Koski had 20 tackles behind the line and also played center.

LB Cole Butler 6-3 190 Sr Boyne City
LB Marcus Garth 5-11 190 Sr East Kentwood
LB Zach McMahon 6-1 205 Sr Kalamazoo Hackett
DL Melvin Sylvester 5-11 215 Sr East Kentwood
DL Jalen Kisner 6-0 270 Sr Hopkins
DL Brady Jackson 6-1 220 Sr Sanford Meridian
DB Hunter Bost 6-3 205 Sr Battle Creek Lakeview
DB Pierce Vreeland 6-2 190 Sr Gobles
DB Alex Kahila 6-0 160 Sr Mattawan
DB Malik Schrad 5-9 170 Sr Batttle Creek Lakeview

State Finals: All-Lake Area Team

It was another strong showing for the Lake Michigan Area in the 2014 state finals. Three of the five teams won — South Christian in D4, West Catholic in D5 and Muskegon Catholic Central in D8. Muskegon’s defense acquited itself well in the D3 final, which was dropped to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 7-0. Here are the Lake Area teams’ top performers from the state finals.

Offense
OL Mitchell Quakkelaar 6-3 240 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
OL Michael Caughey 6-0 240 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
OL Brendan Huyser 6-2 290 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
OL Derices Brown 6-2 275 Jr Muskegon
OL Drew Doyle 6-1 240 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
QB Jon Wassink 6-3 190 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
QB Travis Russell 6-2 185 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
RB Tommy Scott 5-8 175 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
RB Caleb Washington 5-7 185 Sr Muskegon
WR Charlie O’Connor 5-9 160 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
WR Eric VanVoorst 6-3 180 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian

Defense
DL Christian Boyd 6-2 265 Jr Muskegon Mona Shores
DL Jaeden MacPherson 6-2 245 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
DL Carl Myers 6-2 250 Jr Grand Rapids West Catholic
LB Sam Heyboer 6-5 210 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
LB Terrion Hill-McKay 6-1 205 Jr Muskegon
LB Lamar Jordan 6-0 195 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
LB Jake Wierenga 6-3 200 Sr Grand Rapids South Chrsitian
DB Alezay Coleman 5-11 175 Sr Muskegon
DB Brett Wildman 6-1 165 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
DB Zach Winzer 5-10 180 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
DB Jason McDonough 5-10 165 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic

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