Tribune Top 5 Male Athletes 2017-18: Honorable Mention

Tribune Staff • Jul 4, 2018 at 6:45 AM

With so many talented prep athletes in the area, it's difficult to narrow a list down to just five athletes when many more deserve recognition for their accomplishments. Griffin Lorimer, Malic Love and Collin Monsma have all helped add hardware to their respective school's trophy cases during their four years at the school, and have achieved a multitude of individual accolades, as well.

Here's a look at what they've been able to accomplish in their varsity careers.

Griffin Lorimer, Spring Lake

Lorimer was a three-sport athlete for the Lakers, excelling at football, basketball and baseball during his time at the school.

On the gridiron, Lorimer was a two-way starter for most of his career as a tight end and defensive end. Unfortunately, a nagging ankle injury during the opening scrimmage of the season kept Lorimer sidelined for the entirety of the fall season.

When the winter sports season came into view, Lorimer shined on the basketball court. As a three-year varsity starter at power forward, he helped the Lakers to a regional championship in 2017 and back-to-back district championships in 2017-18. His tenacity and active hands made him a defensive stopper against guards, forwards or centers, and his ability as a scorer on offense improved with each passing season. He was named first team All-Conference in the O-K Blue for his season.

On the baseball diamond, Lorimer was a steady slugger in the Lakers' lineup. His patience at the plate and athletic ability on the basepaths made him a nuisance for the opposition. Lorimer was also a defensive playmaker at center field, patrolling the outfield and snagging plenty of flyballs to keep the Lakers in a position to win games. After going 3-15 in 2017, Lorimer was a big reason why the Lakers were able to turn things around in 2018 and win the Division 2 district title and advance to the regional championship game.

Lorimer will be continuing his basketball career at Trine University this fall.

Malic Love, Grand Haven

Love was a three-sport athlete for the Buccaneers, showcasing his talents in football, basketball and rugby.

In the fall, Love doubled as Grand Haven's change-of-pace running back on offense and shutdown cornerback on defense. With Charlie Young taking the majority of carries between the tackles, Love was often used as an outside runner and receiver out of the backfield. When the other team had the ball, Love was often in charge of playing physical defense against the opponent's best wide receiver.

In the winter, Love served as one of the Buccaneers' starting guards. With his quick first step to the hoop and improved long-range shot, Love became a scoring threat that every team had to respect. His passing ability and vision also made him an excellent distributor, making the teammates around him better in the process.

In the spring, Love tried his hand at the sport of rugby. He quickly became a regular starter in the playing rotation and helped the Buccaneers form an explosive attack that resulted in an undefeated regular season for Grand Haven.

Collin Monsma, Grand Haven

Monsma was also a three-sport starter for the Buccaneers in football, wrestling and rugby.

In the fall, Monsma was a starting guard on the offensive line and a starting defensive end. Monsma used his quick feet and burst out of his stance to clear up running lanes in the run game and clog up any openings when the opposition had the ball.

In the winter, Monsma ruled the mat at his 285-pound division. Monsma finished with a 30-8 record as a senior team captain, finishing just one spot shy of qualifying for the state meet. His decision to trust his skills and move up from the 215-pound weight class was a risky move, but it proved to be an effective one. He finished his wrestling career with All-Conference honors in the O-K Red Conference.

In the spring, Monsma was a team captain for the Buccaneers rugby squad. His experience and leadership proved to be invaluable, as the team faced a serious roster overhaul. Monsma led the way for the Bucs, helping spearhead the attack and help Grand Haven to an undefeated regular season. Monsma finished his rugby career with back-to-back All-Conference honors for Grand Haven.

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