Pine River lands three players on all-league team

LEROY ― Mitchell McDonald concluded a four-year boys varsity basketball career at Pine River with many honors.

Last week, Mitchell was name to the Associated Press Class C All-State honorable mention list.

The 5-10 senior point guard, a four-year starter, also was first-team all-Highland Conference and Team MVP.

He average 18.0, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. He shot 47 percent from the floor and took five charges.

“Mitchell is one of the best all-around players in the entire area,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow. “His instincts on the basketball court are unmatched. He is unselfish, and a fierce competitor. With him controlling the game from the point in his four-year career, the team record is 69-17.”

Lucas Harris and Greg Park also earned all-conference honors.

Harris, a 6-2 senior forward, spent three years on the varsity. He averaged 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot 52 percent from the floor and 70percent from the free-throw line

“He was one of the most athletic players in the area,” Goodenow said. “Lucas plays much bigger than his size and played excellent defense against much bigger players all season.”

Park, a 6-0 senior guard, was a second-year varsity player, averaging 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.

“Greg grew into a true team leader this season,” Goodenow said.

The Bucks finished at 17-4.

“We had a really nice season,” Goodenow said. “One of our goals was a district championship and obviously we came up short of that. But we finished second in a strong Highland Conference. Overall, I was pleased.”

Pine River loses three all-league seniors, but Goodenow still likes what he’ll have coming back next season.

“We return six guys, and some guys who got decent playing time this year,” Goodenow said. “Our JV team went 17-3. We had some solid players coming up. I’m excited about next year too.”

Mason Powell, a 5-9 sophomore guard, had a successful varsity season. He averaged 8.2 points and 3.0 rebounds a game.

“He moved into a starting role five games into the season and quickly became a bonafied varsity player,” Goodenow said. “He’s an excellent rebounder despite his size, and very aggressive and effective at attacking the basket.”

McBain and Manton are also expected to be strong.

“Lake City was very young this year, as was Evart,” Goodenow said. “I think they’re two up-and-coming-teams. I think the bulk of our conference is gong to be very strong next year.”