This is the seventh of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, underclassman team, class of 2018 team and the overall All-Lake Area Offense.
MVP Andrew Ward 6-1 210 Sr LB Muskegon: The leading tackler on the most talented Big Reds team of coach Shane Fairfield’s tenure, the O-K Black champions and D3 state finalists. Ward had over 100 tackles. He’s the Lake Area’s top uncommitted senior, with offers from the likes of Nebraska, Penn State, Washington State, Arizona, Virginia Tech and WMU.
DL Ian Hall 6-1 230 Sr Grandville: Three-year starter and two-way technician on the line. He made the hits count, as of his 50 tackles Hall had 14 sacks and 16 more behind the line.
DL Corey Malone-Hatcher 6-3 245 Sr St. Joseph: Michigan commitment led the Bears topping 100 tackles, 20 of them for a loss.
DL Derek Spann Muskegon 6-2 210 Sr Muskegon: He had 50 tackles, including six sacks, for the D3 state finalist Big Reds.
LB Dalton Agers 5-11 195 Sr Hudsonville: This was the third season that Agers was the Eagles’ leading tackler. On the other side he ran for 10 TDs.
LB Sal Sidebotham 5-9 190 Sr Forest Hills Central: Three-year starter who led the Rangers in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions.
LB Nate Stephens 6-0 195 Sr Lowell: There were some uncertainties for Lowell going into the year, but Stephens was one of the vets who helped them to an undefeated regular season and appearance in the D2 semifinals. He had a team-high 72 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks, while also leading the Red Arrows in rushing.
DB David Fox 6-1 210 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic: Do-it-all athlete who started the season at quarterback, and ended it as a safety and running back for the Falcon’s fourth-straight D5 state champion. He was West Catholic’s leading tackler.
DB Mike Brown 6-0 200 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: He led the D4 state champion Cougars, and the Lake Area’s top defensive backfield, with eight interceptions, to go with 83 tackles. He also had 19 total TDs as a receiver, runner and kick returner.
DB Jack Mandryk 6-2 185 Sr Hudsonville: Maybe the most athletic player in the O-K Red (Mandryk was also the LMFR’s D1-2 offensive MVP), he led the Eagles with four interceptions while at QB he had over 2,000 yards and 21 TDs from scrimmage.
DB Blake Dunn 6-0 180 Sr Saugatuck: One of the most accomplished all-around, four-sport athletes in state history. He had 64 tackles and seven interceptions in the regular season. Dunn played a little QB too rushing for nearly 2,00 yards and 34 TDs and throwing for a dozen more scores.
DB Matt Ellis 5-11 190 Sr Grand Rapids Christian: He led the Eagles with 108 tackles. Ellis did it offensively as well, with 1,352 yars and 17 TDs rushing or catching from his running back spot.
This is the sixth of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, underclassman team, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP La’darius Jefferson 6-2 210 Jr QB Muskegon
- QB Jason Whittaker 6-5 195 Jr Rockford
- OL Antwan Reed 6-7 285 Jr Muskegon
- OL Parker Kingma 6-4 315 Jr Grand Haven
- OL Evan Gast 6-2 285 Jr Byron Center
- OL Elijah Gurley 6-3 220 Jr Forest Hills Central
- OL Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 300 Jr Wyoming Kelloggsville
- TE Braeden Childress 6-4 215 Jr Big Rapids
- RB Shane Tagg 6-1 200 Jr Byron Center
- RB Trenton Lane 5-10 150 Jr Hamilton
- WR Austin Lewis 6-3 185 Jr Fennville
- MVP Dee Davis 5-8 155 Jr Mona Shores
- DL Nico Lesher 6-3 250 Jr Plainwell
- DL Dan VanOpstall 6-6 230 Jr Jenison
- DL Hunter Stearns 6-2 215 Jr Hudsonville
- LB Job Mayhue 6-3 200 Jr East Kentwood
- LB Toby Hulst 6-1 215 Jr Grand Rapids South Christian
- LB Jacob Ager 6-1 220 Jr Boyne City
- LB Liam Cavanaugh 6-3 190 Jr West Ottawa
- LB Macero Moreno 5-10 185 Jr Muskegon Orchard View
- DB Brady Douma 5-9 155 Jr Lowell
- DB Willie Shanks 6-1 150 Jr Muskegon
- DB John Todd 5-11 160 Jr Cedar Springs
This is the fifth of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, class of 2018 prospects, underclassman team, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP Blake Dunn 5-11 180 Sr QB Saugatuck
- QB Tyler Hunt 6-2 185 Sr Gobles
- OL Brock Johnson 6-3 250 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
- OL Matt Stefanski 6-4 300 Jr Frankfort
- OL Adam Benoit 6-0 215 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
- OL Peyton Scogin 6-2 245 Sr Saugatuck
- OL Clayton Stapert 6-5 220 Sr Gobles
- RB Griffin Kelley 6-1 200 Jr Frankfort
- RB Julian Sheriff 5-11 210 Sr Bridgman
- RB LaTommy Scott 5-8 175 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
- RB Derek Flory 5-10 165 Jr Marcellus
- ATH Walker Christoffersen 5-9 180 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
- MVP Andrew Schulte 5-9 175 Sr LB Muskegon Catholic Central
- DL Devin Koscielniak 6-6 250 Jr Johannesburg-Lewiston
- DL Matthew Biggar 6-3 225 Sr Traverse City St. Francis
- DL Jason Craig 6-1 225 Sr Lawton
- DL Cam Waller 6-3 270 Sr North Muskegon
- DL Ben Handley 5-11 240 Jr Gaylord St. Mary
- LB Jacob Mauntler 5-11 160 Jr Onekama
- LB Cole Hartman 5-11 205 Sr Saugatuck
- LB Skip Schorfhaar 6-1 215 Sr Harbor Springs
- DB Kanin Witte 5-7 165 Jr Hesperia
- DB Matt Loney 6-3 170 Jr Frankfort
- DB Gabe Callery 5-9 190 Sr Traverse City St. Francis
Coach of the Year: Matt Stapleton, Frankfort
This is the fourth of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, class of 2018 prospects, underclassman team, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP Ricky Clark 6-0 190 Sr QB Schoolcraft
- QB Brady Luttrull 5-10 160 Sr Muskegon Oakridge
- OL Dylan Shafer 6-2 250 Sr Constantine
- OL Jordan Poffinbarger 6-0 300 Sr Ravenna
- OL Garrison Curry 6-7 310 Sr Muskegon Oakridge
- OL Jared Sironen 6-1 215 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
- OL Andrew Frisbie 5-7 240 Sr Pine River
- TE Ryan Mount 6-4 190 Sr Mason County Central
- RB Nick Apsey 6-1 200 Jr Maple City Glen Lake
- RB Anthony Evilsizor 6-1 215 Sr Constantine
- WR Sam Neville 6-3 200 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
- WR Hunter Esiline 6-4 185 Sr Pine River
- ATH David Thompson 5-8 175 Sr Ravenna
- MVP David Fox 6-1 220 Sr DB Grand Rapids West Catholic
- DL Ian Francisco 6-4 190 Sr Grant
- DL Billy Koepf 5-9 220 Jr Chippewa Hills
- DL Jakob Huysken 6-0 190 Jr Schoolcraft
- LB Duke Angers 6-1 230 Sr Maple City Glen Lake
- LB Steven Spenner 6-3 225 Sr Berrien Springs
- LB Ryan Chisek 5-9 145 Jr Watervliet
- LB Jake Kies 5-11 210 Sr Kalkaska
- DB Zack Zenner 5-10 180 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
- DB Chad Adkerson 6-0 175 Sr Buchanan
- DB Zach Vannett 5-7 170 Sr Montague
- DB Brandon Evans 6-0 175 Sr Reed City
Coach of the Year: Monty Price, Reed City
This is the third of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, class of 2018 prospects, underclassman team, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP Zac Saltzgaber 6-0 195 Sr QB Byron Center
- QB La’darius Jefferson 6-2 210 Jr Muskegon
- OL Dane Stambaugh 6-3 335 Sr Lake Odessa Lakewood
- OL Erik Ditzhazy 6-5 270 Sr Forest Hills Northern
- OL Jacob Kochanny 6-4 260 Jr Cadillac
- OL Mason Shirrell 6-5 220 Sr Muskegon Orchard View
- OL Devin Sanders 6-0 250 Sr Muskegon
- TE Conner Chupailo 6-4 275 Sr Zeeland West
- RB Corey Hampton 5-9 190 Sr Stevensville Lakeshore
- RB Nolan Fugate 6-1 210 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- WR Kelvyn Valdez 6-3 185 Sr Wyoming Godwin Heights
- WR Jack Combs 6-2 180 Sr East Grand Rapids
- MVP Andrew Ward 6-1 210 Sr LB Muskegon
- DL Jayk Slager 6-5 235 Sr Zeeland West
- DL Jonathan Berghorst 6-3 275 Sr Zeeland East
- DL Eli Jackson 6-1 275 Jr Muskegon
- LB Austin Cline 5-11 180 Sr Edwardsburg
- LB Ali’vonta Wallace 6-1 210 So Muskegon
- LB Levi Six 5-10 185 Sr Fruitport
- LB Connor Bruinius 6-2 220 Sr Forest Hills Northern
- DB Jacorey Sullivan 6-3 205 Sr Muskegon
- DB Mitchell Dykstra 5-11 180 Sr Hudsonville Unity Christian
- DB Jalen Sartor 6-3 185 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
- DB Antonio Strong 6-0 180 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Coach of the Year: Todd Kolster, Grand Rapids Catholic Central
This is the second of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, class of 2018 prospects, underclassman team, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP Jack Mandryk 6-2 185 Sr QB Hudsonville
- QB David Kruse 6-0 185 Jr Lowell
- OL Nick White 6-0 245 Sr Forest Hills Central
- OL Sam Allen 6-3 265 Sr Portage Central
- OL Lane Potter 6-3 275 Sr Hudsonville
- OL Levi Seeley 6-3 265 Sr Grandville
- OL Cody Carone 6-5 305 Jr Rockford
- RB Josh Atwell 5-10 180 Sr Grandville
- RB Marcus Collins 5-11 215 Sr Mona Shores
- TE Keegan Cossou 6-5 235 Sr Greenville
- WR Xavier Wade 6-3 180 Jr West Ottawa
- WR Andre Welch 5-9 175 Sr East Kentwood
- MVP Ian Hall 6-1 230 Sr DL Grandville
- DL Logan VanderMeulen 6-0 240 Sr Lowell
- DL Ryan Hayes 6-7 250 Jr Traverse City West
- DL Josh Jelenik 6-0 210 Sr Rockford
- LB Jeremiah Purnell 5-10 205 Sr Wyoming
- LB Evan Plate 6-3 220 Sr Greenville
- LB Khale Showers 5-11 205 Jr Rockford
- LB Luke Ensing 5-11 185 Sr Grandville
- DB Raine Potts 6-1 180 Sr Portage Central
- DB Marcus Remtema 6-0 185 Jr Rockford
- DB Bryce Clay 5-11 190 Jr Forest Hills Central
- DB Darius Pruitt 6-3 180 Jr Kalamazoo Central
Coach of the Year: Noel Dean, Lowell
This is the first of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which also include by school division, class of 2018 prospects, and the overall All-Lake Area Offense and Defense.
- MVP Cameron Martinez 5-11 180 Fr QB Muskegon Catholic Central
- QB Eric Wenzel 6-1 185 So Kalamazoo United
- QB Tobin Schwannecke 6-3 175 So Traverse City Central
- OL Peyton Young 6-4 310 So Muskegon Oakridge
- OL Logan Miller 6-5 270 So Allendale
- OL Logan Brown 6-6 260 So East Kentwood
- OL Marquis Cooper 6-2 280 So Muskegon
- OL Tyler Sikkema 6-5 260 So Wayland
- RB Shane Baker 5-11 185 So Grandville
- RB Owen Burk 5-10 175 Fr Allendale
- RB Donavon Webb 5-11 180 So Holland
- WR Damari Roberson 6-2 185 So Mona Shores
- MVP Ali’vonta Wallace 6-1 210 So LB Muskegon
- DL Mazi Smith 6-3 300 So East Kentwood
- DL Bryce Neff 6-2 235 So Gaylord
- DL Matt Bilski 5-11 225 So Grand Rapids West Catholic
- LB Ian Rodriguez 5-11 175 So Rockford
- LB Traven VanOss 6-0 200 So Three Rivers
- LB Ryan Ringler 5-9 180 So Cedar Springs
- LB Boone Bonnema 6-3 215 So Zeeland East
- LB Jacob Wahlberg 6-3 190 So Mona Shores
- DB TJ VanKoevering 6-3 185 So Hudsonville Unity Christian
- DB Bryce Stark 5-11 175 So Montague
- DB Tyrese Hunt-Thompson 5-11 160 So Cassopolis
Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Kalil Pimpleton Sr QB Muskegon: The Big Reds had little trouble with Byron Center in this D3 regional. Pimpleton ran for 160 yards and three TDs.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Raquis McDonald Sr DB Muskegon: In the Big Reds’ D3 dismantling of Byron Center, McDonald had an interception that led to a Muskegon score and returned a fumble for a TD.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Brandon Anderson Jr RB Cassopolis: He ran for 172 yards and three TDs for Cassopolis, which beat Concord for the school’s first regional title.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Mason Powell Sr QB Pine River: He ran for 240 yards and three TDs in Pine River’s defeat of Ravenna in a D6 regional to give Pine River it’s first-ever semifinals berth.
Class of 2017
Mike Doyle 6-4 240 Sr DL Lowell: He was one of the few starters back from the Red Arrows’ 2015 state finalist team. And now here they are again, one win away from a return visit to Ford Field. While Lowell mixes their fronts he looks best as a one technique tackle with the strength to hold the gap against double teams allowing linebackers to blitz and a swim move to get some QB pressure going up the middle. With his frame, toughness and Lowell pedigree, should be a popular D2 target.
Cameron Ekanayake 6-2 200 Sr ATH Edwardsburg: This QB has led the Eddies to an undefeated season including playoff wins over Hamilton, Stevensville Lakeshore and Chelsea. Their reward? A date in the D3 semis with Muskegon. Edwardsburg runs the wing T and while Ekanayake is a fine ball-handler, he’s not the smaller, quick, clever type of QB that often thrives hiding behind the dual tight ends. He’s a big, power runner who will take guys with him. He also plays cornerback for Ekanayake, and while he may not have the speed for that spot at the next level this is a physical winner that can help a team somewhere.
Austin McCullough 6-5 185 Sr WR Portage Central: He’s one of the Lake Area’s top dual-sport athletes, a scholarship talent in either basketball or football. There are a lot of similarities to Tyler Conklin, a basketball star at L’anse Creuse North who briefly played hoops at Northwood, walked on at CMU, and is now on NFL scouts’ radars as a tight end. For that to happen, he’d have to get more serious in the weight room, as he’s prioritized basketball thus far. At his size one might think McCullough does most of his damage using his size to post up on hitch or hook routes. But in reality he’s a true receiver, a natural route runner who doesn’t break stride and stretched the field for the Mustangs’ run-heavy offense for five TDs. Nor is just a finesse hooper running around out there, McCullough is a diligent blocker.
Class of 2018
Nick Apsey 6-1 200 Jr ATH Maple City Glen Lake: His brother, Trevor Apsey, was a terrific player now at Central Michigan, but never saw the team success like this, as Glen Lake will meet Pine River in the D6 semifinals. While he’s their top running and receiving threat, like his brother Apsey’s future is on the defensive side of the ball and gives the Lakers have a pair of college linebackers with Duke Angers inside and he outside. While he may play up North, speed is speed, and will be his ticket to the next level.
Elijah Gurley 6-3 220 Jr OL Forest Hills Central: The junior class will be yet another strong one on the offensive line in the Lake Area. Gurley isn’t one of the biggest or strongest right now, but one whom recruiters may take a flier on. He has good length and pass block technique at left tackle, a finesse complement to the terrific senior Nick White at right tackle, buying time for senior QB Tanner Hallock who loved to put up deep balls to junior Bryce Clay and senior Jack Uecker.
David Kruse 6-0 185 Jr QB Lowell: Few positions in the Lake Area come with the historic ramifications, pressure and storied excellence as being Lowell’s quarterback. Kruse has lived up to it, handling the veer like a vet and is undefeated so far in his first season as a starter replacing Ryan Stevens. He’s led Lowell to big-time comeback victories over Rockford and now, twice, Forest Hills Central. He ran for three TDs in the Rangers rematch for the D2 regional crown. Kruse’s oldest brother, Connor Kruse, was a starting offensive lineman at MSU, and this miniature version plays with a similar toughness. Kruse looks much bigger and stronger than his listed dimensions when running the ball, less surprising given that like so many of his teammates he also wrestles. He also had a good left arm on him.
Class of 2019
Tyrese Hunt-Thompson 5-11 160 So Cassopolis: He’s been a major playmaker for Beatty High, and brought the entire arsenal in their D7 regional win over Concord. He caught a TD pass, ran for two TDS, and returned a fumble 75 yards for a score. If he can do just half that against Detroit Loyola in the state semifinals Hunt-Thompson can claim one of the top young talents in the Lake Area regardless of school size.
Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Nate Stephens Sr RB Lowell: The future Harvard baseball player carried the ball 20 times for 145 yards and three TDs. Lowell beat Traverse City Central for a D2 district crown.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Connor Fischer Sr LB Grandville: OK, technically it was a special teams play that earned the nod for Fischer. The Bulldogs trailed until the second half when he blocked a Rockford punt recovered by teammate Isaak Opatik for their first score. Grandville won the D1 district final 20-9.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Cameron Martinez Fr QB Muskegon Catholic Central: The freshman played with the efficiency of an upperclassman in MCC’s shutout win over Beal City in a D8 district final. Martinez was 6-of-7 passing for 130 yards and two TDs while running nine times for 63 yards and three TDs.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Griffin Kelly Jr RB Frankfort: He had the game-winning score, a 38-yard TD reception, with 13 seconds left to give the Panthers a 38-24 defeat of Lincoln Alcona in a D8 district final. Kelly also ran for 121 yards and a pair of TDs.
Lake Area Coach of the Year
Joseph Hyland, Grand Rapids West Catholic: He stepped into both a dream position, but one with great expectations replacing one of the Lake Area’s very best, Dan Rohn, under whom anything less than a state title was a disappointment. So far so good for Hyland, after West Catholic got its second playoff road win, 10-7 at Portland, in defense of their D5 state crown.