REED CITY -- The New Year’s resolution for the Reed City boys basketball team might be to stay as healthy as possible.

The Coyotes, who resume action Monday with a Central State Activities Association game at Lakeview, faced Tri County and Pine River in a scrimmage Friday at Pine River.

Junior Kyle Wright said his Reed City team focused on playing more together. Rebounding has been a key role for him.

“We’re ready to start going again,” he said.

Coach Dean McGuire said on normal occasions, he’d place plenty of importance on scrimmages such as the one his team had Friday. But illnesses have taken their toll. Starting junior guard Chad Samuels has been sideline with mononucleosis and Ricky Droke is also facing an illness.

Samuels recently was diagnosed with mono, but it’s not clear yet, McGuire said, how long he may have to sit out.

“Ricky Droke was gone today but we’re not sure what his deal is,” McGuire said.

McGuire noted that Pine River coach Brian Goodenow scheduled the scrimmage back a few weeks ago.

“The goal was that you weren’t playing against your own team over break all the time,” McGuire said. “We were shorthanded but Pine River has a nice squad. I thought we came out the first several minutes and played very well and played hard. We did a nice job of knowing where Tyler Lewis was at. They really took it to us at the end.

“We’ll get back in the gym Wednesday and hopefully we’ll be ready for Lakeview on Monday.”