Bucs' VanderLaan named to Dream Team

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:13 AM

The Dream Team features the top 10 players in the state, regardless of their class or position.

VanderLaan and Buccaneers’ senior goalie Ethan Beswick were each named Division 1 first-team all-state by the MIHSSCA. Senior forward Nathan Rose and junior midfielder Willie Bennick were named second-team all-state.

Those four helped Grand Haven reach the Division 1 state championship game this fall.

“For Jake to be recognized by the coaches in the state as a Dream Team player is a great honor for him and recognition of the type of player he has worked very hard to become,” Grand Haven coach Aaron Dean said. “What I’m most proud of is how Jake approached this season. He clearly understood what it would take for the team to be successful and he made our team goals his top priority.

“It’s always a great honor for players to be recognized for postseason awards and we were fortunate to have a number of kids earn that recognition. As a program we’re proud that Jake, Ethan, Nate, and Willie were All-State but we also understand that our team success came from the efforts of everyone on the squad.”

Vanderlaan finished with 19 goals and 10 assists this fall. He had at least one goal or assist in each of the Bucs’ state tournament games except for their 1-0 state finals loss to Canton.

Rose added 11 goals and seven assists for the Bucs, while Beswick boasted a goals-against average of .652, helping Grand Haven outscore its opponents on the season, 65-15. He also scored a goal for the Bucs.

As a team, Grand Haven earned academic all-state honors with a 3.4 GPA. Andrew Wadaga, Spencer Toepfer, Ryan Schoonover and Beswick were each individual academic all-state honorees.

Also reaching the state finals was Spring Lake in Division 2. The Lakers’ Adam Clauss, a junior midfielder, earned first-team all-state honors, while senior midfielder Kyle Kendall was named third-team all-state and senior forward Alec Strahl earned honorable mention.

Clauss finished his junior season with 13 goals and 22 assists, while Kendall, primarily a defensive midfielder, scored nine goals to go with eight assists.

Strahl was the Lakers’ leading goal scorer on the season with 22, helping the Lakers outscore their opponents, 117-15.

Western Michigan Christian reached the Division 4 state title game. Goalie Jacob Berens, a junior from Grand Haven, was named first-team all-state in Division 4, as was senior midfielder Ryan Briggs and senior defender Tim Schuitema.

Junior Matt Wisen was named to the all-state second team while senior defender Tim DenDulk was an honorable mention.

To see the entire all-state team for all four divisions, visit www.mihssca.com.

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