Peterson, Bucks focusing on strong finish to the basketball season

LEROY — Mac Peterson has had a strong season for Pine River’s sports teams so far this ongoing school year.

Peterson is currently a senior on the basketball squad. He’s coming off a banner season for the football team, which advanced to the state semifinals in November.

He made his varsity basketball debut last season.

“I played off the bench a lot,” he said. “We had a good group of guys last year.”

He was an outside linebacker in football.

“It was teamwork and doing our jobs,” he said of a team that also won the Highland Conference title.

The Bucks started their basketball practice two weeks later than most other teams because of the longer football season.

“It was kind of where you got a little tired,” he said. “But we got used to it.”

Peterson’s role has been to “get rebounds and do what I need to do to help the team.”

Rebounding is probably his strength, Peterson indicated.

“I want to improve on my offense,” he said.

Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said Peterson had a medical procedure and is most likely out for the remainder of the season.

“He played the first 11 games and played significant time at small forward,” Goodenow said. “He is one of our senior leaders and we will miss him on the floor, but he will continue to contribute off the court.”

The Bucks are 6-6, with plenty of season left to play.

“We could do a lot,” Peterson said. “We have the guys to do it. We’re pretty quick, I’d say.”

The Highland has been as tough as predicted this season with McBain ranked No. 1 in the state and Manton also having a quality squad.

“We’re always looking to compete with them,” Peterson said.

Pine River is at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Thursday and hosts Brethren on Feb. 20 and Marion on Feb. 22.