Pine River boys place four on all-conference team

LEROY —  Pine River’s boys basketball team had four players named to the all-Highland Conference squad.

Players on the first team were senior Conner Hoaglund and juniors Hunter Esiline and Mason Powell. Senior Tyler Wing was on the honorable mention list.

Esiline averaged 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game.

“I thought Hunter had a real nice season,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “He came really close to averaging a double-double. He was a real dominant force on the boards. His shooting percentage wasn’t as high as it will be next year as a senior. He was a very confident post player for us.”

Hoaglund averaged eight points, two assists and seven rebounds a game.

“He’s always been a talented player, but was kind of tentative,” Goodenow said. “He looked to pass first. When he got a little more aggressive this year, he put together some nice games for us.”

Powell averaged 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and four assists per game.

“He had a nice season,” Goodenow said. “He kind of struggled with his shooting touch early on. He had a little different role where he was slicing through the lane and getting to the rim more often rather than settling for outside shots. He was more effective once he started attacking the rim.”

Wing averaged eight points, three assists and three rebounds per game.

“Tyler was a good scoring leader for us this year,” Goodenow said. “He kind of directed traffic more often than not and put together a real solid season.”

Pine River had a 12-9 season.

“We might be a little thin off the bench,” Goodenow said, looking ahead to 2016-17. “There were only a couple of sophomores on this year’s JV team. That core is very solid. Tristen Nelson will play a lot bigger role this year than he did last year.”

Bradley Holmes also saw a lot of playing time and will return next season.