MVP Jordan VanDort 6-5 300 Sr TE Zeeland West
This was the season VanDort’s physical potential translated into consistent dominance for Zeeland West. One half of their two tight end lineup, he cleaned up for the Lake Area’s most dangerous rushing game and highest scoring offense. He was also an impact player as a defensive tackle and on special teams. Though West rarely throws it, VanDort is the school’s all-time leading receiver because he’s not just a huge target, but has soft hands and surprisingly athleticism for a man his size. VanDort will be starting in his second state championship game Saturday against DeWitt. He has verbally committed to Western Michigan.
QB Jon Wassink 6-2 180 Jr Grand Rapids South Christian
He may be the only junior on this team, but Wassink has already led South Christian to two state finals. And this time, he’s healthy and will play. In a Lake Area 2015 class loaded with high-end QB talent, Wassink gets the nod because of his arm strength, he can nail those 20-yard outs, and how he can beat you with his legs as well. His athleticism was on display in the Division 4 semifinals, when he played in South Christian’s defensive backfield and made two interceptions against Comstock Park. Heading into Friday’s Division 4 championship game with Marine City, Wassink had completed 186-of-281 passes for 2,447 yards and 20 TDs while running 109 times for 657 yards and 14 TDs. He also caught an 18-yard TD pass.
OL Evan Akins 6-6 285 Sr Hudsonville
His potential at right tackle met improved toughness as a senior, and Hudsonville became one of the most physical punishing teams in the Lake Area, beating Rockford in the Division 1 playoffs. Akins was the anchor as Hudsonville suffered injuries on the line, and allowed junior QB Mason Opple to really blossom. Akins moves well at his size as a run blocker, gets downfield to bury linebackers. He will play his college ball for the Naval Academy.
OL Tommy Doles 6-5 260 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
In a Grand Rapids Christian season cursed by injuries following their dream 2012, Doles was a constant and led as a new offensive line found its way. He’s an athletic left tackle who can both run and pass block. Doles also started on the Eagles’ defensive line. He is verbally committed to Northwestern.
OL Elliot Jordan 6-7 265 Sr East Kentwood
From project to player. He’s improved so much, with the potential for a lot more as he’s what college coaches are looking for in an offensive tackle — rangy and athletic. Jordan is verbally committed to Western Michigan.
OL Malik King 6-3 275 Sr Muskegon
He was the only returning starter from Muskegon’s 2012 Division 2 state runner-up team. King moved from guard to left tackle and held it down as his young unit got its sea legs. Now? Muskegon is right back to Ford Field for a rematch with Brother Rice. While he projects as a guard for Ball State, King’s improved both his fitness level and in technique so that he was a dominant high school tackle.
OL AJ Tinholt 6-3 245 Sr Zeeland West
Mainstay of an offensive juggernaut that scored fewer than 40 points just twice heading into the Division 3 state final. A second-year starter at center, Tinholt was a rock of consistency for West’s sophomore QB Casey Brinks. It didn’t seem to matter who the Dux lined up at fullback, they were going to pile up yardage with Tinholt helping to spring them free.
RB Danny Bauder 5-9 180 Sr Zeeland West
We saw glimpses of Bauder’s potential in last season’s playoff loss to Grand Rapids Christian. His big plays became a regularity as a senior, taking advantage of his 4.4 speed behind a dominant offensive line. Heading into the Division 3 state final, Bauder had run 135 times for 1,652 yards and 27 TDs. He also caught 7 TDs.
RB Jake Bush 5-11 185 Sr Comstock Park
He was both Comstock Park’s leading rusher and receiver as them went undefeated through the Division 4 semifinals. Bush ran 210 times for 1,418 yards and 24 TDs, with 35 catches for 457 yards and 4 TDs.
WR Asantay Brown 6-1 190 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
One of three Western Michigan commitments on the All-Lake Offense alone, Brown teamed up with junior QB Tyree Jackson to form the Lake Area’s most dangerous toss-catch combo and help Mona Shores to the best season in school history. Brown had 56 receptions for 1,094 yards and 22 TDs. He also ran for four TDs, and was a standout at safety.
WR Kyle Steigenga 6-5 180 Sr Holland Christian
With his big-time basketball vertical, no one in the Lake Area was better at high-pointing balls, making Steigenga the ultimate red zone threat. He’ll leave Holland Christian with every school receiving record. As a senior Steigenga had 57 catches for 961 yards and 17 TDs.