Treyvin Groesser had a few things on his to do list for the season.
The Portland senior receiver/defensive end wanted to be a leader. He wanted the coaching staff to trust him in tough situations. And he wanted to make big plays on the field.
Groesser succeeded in doing each of those things while helping the Raiders to another strong season.
The 6-foot-2 Groesser had 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and two sacks while helping Portland to a second straight perfect regular season and a No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. And he’s part of the Associated Press Division 5-6 all-state team as a lineman.
Groesser credits his progress on the field to going against Mark Brooks, who is now playing at Western Michigan, in practices as a junior.
“Coming in I wasn’t the biggest, I wasn’t the strongest,” Groesser said. “My junior year when Mark Brooks was my partner on the other side — he made me who I am. He made me the athlete (I am). He pushed me to get better at what I do. It helped this year, I guess.”
Groesser was part of a Raider defense that held five opponents to six points or fewer while going 10-1 this season. And he’s one of five players from the Lansing area to earn first team all-state honors in Division 5-6.
Stockbridge senior quarterback Mason Gee-Montgomery repeated as first team all-state and was joined by his top target Kolby Canfield on the squad. Gee-Montgomery completed 69.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,609 yards and 40 touchdowns, while Canfield had 93 catches for 1,190 yards and 20 TDs.
Ithaca, which was ranked No. 2 in the final Division 5 state poll, had a pair of first team all-state selections in senior lineman Nathan Bellinger and kicker Adam Culp. Bellinger had 107 tackles and 12 for loss for the Yellowjackets. Culp made 9 of 11 field goals and had a long of 42 yards.
Honorable mention all-state selections included quarterbacks Michael Lynn III of Lansing Catholic, Joey Bentley of Ithaca and Nick Putnam of Laingsburg, Portland running back Logan Lefke, Laingsburg receiver Jordan Jones, linemen Willoughby Urquhart of Lansing Catholic and Wesley Houska of Ovid-Elsie and linebackers Zach Hessbrook of Ithaca and Cade Wright of Stockbridge.