Pine River basketball teams receive honors
LEROY — Both Pine River boys and girls basketball teams have been recognized by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan as academic all-state teams.
BCAM recently released its academic all-state teams and the boys Bucks were No. 1 among all schools in Class C.
Pine River was sixth among the girls.
Pine River boys had a GPA of 3.664 to finish first. The Bucks also were honorable mention at 3.47 for 2011-2012 and sixth in Class C at 3.44 for 2010-11.
Pine River boys coach Brian Goodenow said the award typifies a team in which the players worked hard in out of the classroom.
“My assistant coach, Carl Johnson, was pivotal in tracking our athlete’s academic progress. He is very committed to making sure our student-athletes stay focused on the classroom as well as the basketball court,” Goodenow said.
Pine River girls finish sixth in the academic all-state standings. The top 10 teams are all-state.
Ironically, the Pine River girls had a higher GPA than the boys with a 3.813. Madison Heights Bishop Foley took first at 3.893.
“Is the highest I’ve ever had,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. “There were five other teams above that (3.813), which was surprising.”
Both Pine River teams won their districts this past season.
All-state academic honors are based on the total GPA of all players from the first semester.
“We’ve had academic all-state four of the last six years,” Ruppert said.
Members of the girls team were Erica Buchner, Paige Esiline, Cayman Gatt, Valerie Holmes, Jamie Justin, Erin Koetje, Jandney Mattson, Kassy Nelson, Jenna Peterson, Devyn Powell and Haley Raymond.
Members of the boys team were Joey Bowman, Lincoln Erickson, Lucas Harris, Brandon Hoaglund, Tyler Lewis, Mitchell McDonald, Devin Ruppert, Skyler Nelson, Devin Ruppert, Dylan Sieting, Garrett Traynor and Schroeder Vanderhoof.