LEROY — Pine River’s boys basketball team graduated several players from last season’s team, making this an important summer for coach Brian Goodenow.

It’s been a busy summer for the Bucks including last weekend when they played several games Saturday and Sunday at Ferris State.

Earlier this month, the Bucks played in the Benzie Central Shootout, the Clare Shootout and the annual Cadillac High School Camp, where they faced Manistee, Cadillac, McBain Northern Michigan Christian and Buckley.

“We played really well at Clare,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “We played Kalkaska, Bay City All Saints and Reed City. We played very well.”

They also were scheduled to be at the Albion College Camp, and the Traverse City West Shootout.

Senior Matt Goodenow and his teammates also have been sharing time with other sports like football and baseball during the summer. They had a summer baseball doubleheader with Reed City on the Friday prior to the Ferris summer camp.

“It definitely helps you learn,” Matt Goodenow said. “You’ll remember what to do in certain situations.”

“I want to familarize myself with the guys and them with my system and build on the fundamentals,” Brian Goodenow said, adding he’s confident plenty of what is learned during the summer will be retained and implemented by the players when regular-season practices start in November. “You may have to remind them but at least they’ve been exposed to the things you want for them to work toward. I feel there’s a real good carryover.”

Brian Goodenow also is impressed with the Albion team camp.

“I always feel that’s a crucial time for team building and chemistry, even more off the court than on the court,” he said. “I like to get them out of town. This is a big building block toward the regular season.”

Matt Goodenow said those factors also are important for baseball. He was on a 32-4 Pine River baseball squad that graduated several seniors. He and other returning players are working during the summer with those that performed for the junior varsity last spring.

“We’ve all played ball together for a long time,” he said, adding that doing three sports during the summer, “is not easy. I don’t have a break (for several days).”