2002 Press' Dream Team is 'supreme'
Monday, December 02, 2002
By Jane Bos / The Grand Rapids Press

2002 PRESS PHOTO/DAVE RACZKOWSKITHE PRESS' PICKS FOR THE AREA'S BEST IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, together at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, from left to right with player's name, jersey color and school name listed: BOTTOM ROW--Kevin Grady, Jr. (white) East Grand Rapids; Adam Emery (white) Cedar Springs; Eric Ledbetter (orange) Rockford; Zach Miller (royal blue) Hopkins. SECOND ROW--Andy Brummel (red) Allendale; Andrew Keitzman (navy blue) Hudsonville; Zach Huizing (red) Northview; Joe Gritter (white) East Grand Rapids; Leon Hilaski (green) Wayland. THIRD ROW--Justin Ulberg (red) Allendale; Matt DenBesten (black) Grand Rapids Christian; Justin Hoskins (yellow) Creston; Matt Klein (green) Coopersville. FOURTH ROW--Dan VandenBerg (black) Grand Rapids Christian; Noel Aleman (black) East Kentwood; Donny Plummer (navy blue) Lee. FIFTH ROW--Brian Merren (green) Wayland; Mark Catlin (red) Lowell); Justin Barry (black) East Kentwood; Matt Kabelman (black) East Kentwood. SIXTH ROW--Craig Mester (white) East Grand Rapids); Bubba Gritter (maroon) Grandville; Demetrius Russell (red) Union; Andrew Hawken (maroon) Grandville; Jake Visser (green) Coopersville. SEVENTH ROW--Zach Osburn (black) West Ottawa; C.J. VanWieren (black) West Ottawa; Jeff Iciek (royal blue) Hopkins; Jordan Moore (red) Lowell. EIGHTH ROW--Joe Skinner (navy blue) South Christian; Josh VanLaan (navy blue) South Christian); Derek Nelson (green) Jenison; Steve Brander (green) Jenison. TOP ROW-- Garret Bushong (royal blue); Mike Koster (red) Lowell; Joe Staley (orange) Rockford; Tyson DeVree (navy blue) Hudsonville); Josh Flier (orange) Byron Center. Story, C3. East Kentwood coach John Shillito named Coach of the Year

Haul out the dictionary and check out the word 'superlative.' The first meaning listed is: The highest degree of superiority. Supreme.

Sounds like a good way to describe the 2002 Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team. They are superlative. Supreme-o.

The 38 area high school football players on the team, as picked by the Press sports staff, includes some pretty impressive accomplishments. Not only did 14 of these players lead their team to conference championships, 12 of them helped carry their team to a state championship game this past weekend and eight that won state titles.

On the team, 35 of them competed in the playoffs, while 17 of them earned a berth on the Associated Press' All-State Team.

Four of them are repeaters, and, with four juniors and three sophomores here, seven of them could be back next year.

Meet the Dream Team:












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