Pine River volleyball program stays active during summer
LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball program is in high gear this summer.
Coach Jana Dennis had the program’s youth camp last week.
“I’d say it’s really small,” she said Thursday during the camp’s last day. “We ended up with only 12 girls. We had conflicts with other events going on in the area. We usually have 30 to 40 girls.”
Logan Powell was among the participants. Her brother Mason Powell plays football, basketball and basketball at Pine River and will be a junior. Her sister Devyn is a 2014 Pine River graduate and runs cross country and track at Saginaw Valley State.
Logan, who played junior high volleyball, will be going into the ninth grade.
“We worked on a lot of skills and improved on what we already knew,” she said. “They helped us out on a lot of things we didn’t know.”
Hitting was the fun part, Powell added.
“We worked on a lot of fundamentals,” Dennis said. “We put them into two different age brackets so the older girls could get more advanced (instruction).”
The age range was third grade to incoming freshmen.
Pine River has a fifth-and-sixth grade program plus junior high volleyball.
“The kids that are younger than fifth grade, this is really the only experience they get,” Dennis said.
The varsity team goes to the Saginaw Valley camp in late July. There’s a scrimmage in Kingsley on July 7. She had open gyms after the youth camps every day last week.
“There will some more scheduled (activities) during the summer,” Dennis said.
Practices start Aug. 12 followed 10 days later by the regular season. That factor, Dennis noted, makes it important for players to get in as much summer work as possible.