LEROY\u00a0\u2014 Brad Holmes is expecting to grow into the goalkeeper position for the Pine River Bucks. So far so good. It was a rough start for Holmes in an 8-0 loss to Mason County Central in the season opener. \u201cIt was not perfect, but I think I did OK,\u201d Holmes said. \u201cI need to talk more with my teammates and recognize what the other team is going to do.\u201d Holmes wants to improve on anticipating where the ball is going and also on his kicking abilities. Connor Hoaglund, another Pine River player, encouraged Holmes to try out for the team. \u201cOne of the soccer alumni came to a practice and told me, \u2018Hey, you\u2019d make a good goalie,\u201d Holmes recalled. \u201cI tried it out, I liked it and he worked with me.\u201d The season goes until October and Holmes hopes to be more comfortable at the position. \u201cThis is my first year ever so I hope to keep improving,\u201d he said. Holmes played football in middle school and still plays baseball and basketball. \u201cSoccer is very fun, and there\u2019s a lot of running involved,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of good kids on the team. It\u2019s a really good atmosphere.\u201d Pine River plays at Clare on Thursday.