by Alan Babbitt
The three seniors helped the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Flying Dutchmen record the second nine-win season in team history with a 9-2 overall record. Hope also made the NCAA Division III playoffs for the fifth team in team history.
The D3football.com all-region teams, selected in balloting by North Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 212 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 78 players were chosen.
Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 20, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLVII.
Smith is a first-team, all-region selection. The senior from Suttons Bay, Michigan (Suttons Bay HS) anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the MIAA's top scoring offense at 46.0 points per game and second-ranked total offense at 439.7 yards per game.
The 5-10, 264-pound Smith earlier this month was named an American Football Coaches Association First Team All-American. In November, he received All-MIAA First Team honors for the second consecutive season.
Dekker made the second team. The senior from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) finished third for Hope with 39 tackles, including 28 against MIAA opponents. He recorded two sacks and one interception. The Flying Dutchmen led the MIAA in scoring defense at 16.9 points per game and total defense at 294.1 yards per game.
The 5-9, 219-pound Dekker was chosen as MIAA Defensive MVP in November.
Ivery is a third-team selection. The senior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Birmingham Brother Rice) provided blindside protection for quarterback Mason Opple and helped power an offensive line for the MIAA's highest-scoring offense. The 6-3, 240-pound Ivery earned All-MIAA First Team honors this season.