All Star East 2010
High School Coach: Chris Bell
High School, Class: Lake Orion, A
College: Wayne State University
A proud Lake Orion Dragon his entire life, Ben first began playing O-Line for the Dragon Community League in the 6th grade. He continued to fill that role at Oakview Middle School before earning a starting position as offensive tackle during his four years at Lake Orion High School. In 2008, with Ben starting at right tackle, Lake Orion’s football team played in the state championship game for the first time in school history. Voted captain by his teammates as a senior, Ben never gave up a sack and helped the LOHS rushing game average 200 yards per game. Ben’s commitment to excellence extended into the classroom and he earned the OAA Scholar Athlete Award all four years. Team acknowledgements included the Iron Man Award and 2009 Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
Ben also played baseball for LOHS in his freshman year, but has spent the balance of his off-seasons power lifting, playing ice hockey on the lakes of Lake Orion and enjoying the friendly competition offered by the community baseball program.
Ben is grateful to have been a part of Lake Orion’s excellent football program and extended “a personal thank you to Head Coach Chris Bell for his leadership and O-Line Coach Jason Larsen for the inspiration and training he provided.” He said, “LOHS is home to a lot of talented athletes and I would like to acknowledge my teammates and let them know what a privilege it was to play on their team; especially my Dragon brothers, the O-Line Hogs.” Ben also thanked his parents who “inspired me to play football and encouraged me to pursue my dreams, my grandparents for sharing their life lessons and love of the game, and my siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends for cheering me on.” He ended by thanking, “the entire Lake Orion Community for making each Friday night a special one.”
Ben will attend Wayne State University on football and academic scholarships.
Oakland Activities Association Scholar Athlete, 08 & 09
All Area First Team, North Oakland Sports, 2009
All OAA 2nd Team, 2008
All OAA 1st Team, 2009
All County Honorable Mention, Oakland Press, 08
Oakland County Dream Team, Oakland Press, 09
All Area 1st Team, Detroit Free Press, 2009
All North 1st Team, Detroit Free Press, 2009