Lowell receiver hopeful of another state title

Lowell seems to be right on track from a year ago when the Red Arrows went to the Silverdome and stunned heavily favored Birmingham Brother Rice for the Division 2 state championship.

The Red Arrows enter action this week with a 5-1 record and are expected to finish 8-1. If they go all the way to the finals, they would match last year's state championship record of 13-1 with their only loss, for the second straight year, being to East Grand Rapids.

But for that to happen, said junior wide receiver Mike Koster, the Red Arrows need to turn up their game a few notches.

Koster had 93 catches as a sophomore last year and hopes to lead the team to another state title run.

"As a team player, I've improve a lot," he said. "It's all really about our team. As a team, we've been getting a lot of contributions from guys who didn't play before."

Koster hopes to use his strengths to help the Red Arrows enjoy postseason success.

The Red Arrows have played without all-stater Mark Catlin, now at Grand Valley. And that's why Koster, despite his team's 5-1 start, thinks his team has a ways to go before it can put any type of title contention bid in place.

"The season has been kind of mediocre," Koster said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement."

But with three regular-season games remaining, prior to the five-week playoff season, Koster is confident the Arrows can accomplish a lot of things.

"I believe we'll make a run again," he said.. "We have to get better as a team. We have to play good offense and good defense."

Other than the loss to East Grand Rapids, defending Division 3 champion, Lowell has had several highlights to enjoy so far this season.

"Our win in the season-opener against a good Grandville team was very good," Koster said.

His college prospects look very bright and Koster is likely to get some attention following his junior season.

"That's something I'm very definitely interested in," he said. "I'm looking at it. I've gotten a lot of letters.

Being in a state championship program like Lowell should help Koster in his post high school career.

"This is the best program in the state by far," he said. "We have the best coaching staff and community support around."

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