McDonald earns All-State honors


LEROY — The post-season high school basketball awards continue to roll out as the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) released its All-State teams for each class with Pine River junior Mitchell McDonald earning a special mention in Class C. Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said he earned it with his unique playing style.

“I would like to see the world through Mitch’s eyes,” Goodenow said. “He’s a junior on his third year of varsity and it’s impressive how he communicates and navigates through traffic. He can find teammates and can find lanes to shoot and rebound and he just really has a unique feel on the court.”

Pine River was 19-3 and won the Highland title.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that Mitch is coming back,” Goodenow said. “He’ll be there to mentor our younger guys, and we have a talented group coming in, and he’ll help us become better faster. He’s just one of those kids. Our system isn’t made to have one guy average 25 points or anything, but he just has the all-around game. This year he focused a lot on his rebounding, because we were vertically challenged, and raised his totals above last year and really took it upon himself as a guard to help the team.”