SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

PINE RIVER

Hall of Fame

LEROY — Pine River Area Schools has announced formation of the new Pine River High School Hall of Fame. The district’s Board of Education approved the adoption of a resolution to recognize and house the Pine River High School Hall of Fame on behalf of the Buck Pride Group.

The district announced eligible candidates are Pine River graduates who went on as individuals to contribute to society as a whole in a role or fashion as to bring credit upon Pine River Area Schools, the area and/or humanity; stand-out high school athletes or scholars; Pine River employees who significantly impacted the school and/or community, and Pine River athletic or academic teams who achieved greatness and were, and are, especially symbolic of what it means to be a great team. Philanthropists, benefactors or donors will also be considered.

Nominations are being accepted until Sept. 30. Nominations are good for two years for an individual and three years for a team. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 15, the search committee will screen, research and make final recommendations to the Buck Pride Group for induction.

The Buck Pride Group is asking for community help in getting nominations.

For more details and to nominate an individual or team, see the qualifications and FAQ sheet and nomination form available on the Pine River Area Schools home webpage @www.pineriver.org or the Buck Pride Group webpage @www.buckpride.com. Physical copies of the qualifications and FAQ sheet and nomination form are also available at the business office and high school office located at 17445 Pine River Road, LeRoy, MI, 49655.

Free game tickets

LEROY — Pine River on, Sept. 3, will host a community-wide tailgate party to kick-off school and the fall sports season at the football field. All residents of the district are invited. Resident attendees of the tailgate party will receive a free hot dog or bratwurst and a free ticket to the home football game against Mancelona. The tailgate party is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Pine River volleyball

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bucks went 0-6-1 at the Traverse City Central Invitational on Saturday.

Pine River’s split came against TCC in pool play before falling to the Trojans in the opening playoff match.

Kyla Johnson finished with 20 kills, 12 blocks and 38 digs, while Julie Justin had 16 kills and 31 digs. KayLee Goodman had 10 kills and 39 digs, Chelsey TerBurgh had 13 kills and 22 digs, while Tailor Charles added 46 digs.

“Saturday was a rough one for us,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We just could not get any chemistry going between our setters and hitters. Our serve receive was very good, but we just couldn’t finish plays. I’m happy with how we passed, but our focus has to be on getting our setters to be much more consistent and getting our hitters to be more aggressive.”

The Bucks play at Kalkaska on Thursday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Pine River girls third

CENTRAL LAKE — Pine River’s girls were third out of five teams in their division Saturday of the Central Lake Invitational. The boys were fifth out of eight teams. The course was 2.0 miles, rather than the usual 3.1 miles.

For the Pine River girls, Olivia Thompson was sixth (14:53) and Kelsie Charles was eighth (14:57). For the boys, Derek Hartline was 13th (12:19) and Mark Greer 16th (12:24).

Evart boys second

CENTRAL LAKE — Evart’s boys were second with 47 points, while Harbor Springs won with 43 points in its division of the Central Lake Invitational Saturday. The Evart girls were third.

Santana Scott won the race for the boys (10:31.3) while Josh Woods was third (10:55.4), Nathan Woods was ninth (11:29.7) and Austin Hamilton 11th (11:43.9). The course was 2.0 miles. Andrew Bengry was 25th (12:16.9) and Micah Wetters 26th (12:19.4). For the girls, Mara VanOrder was 11th (14:08.1), Sarah Nelson 12th (14:14.6) and Clairese Clark 30th (15:29.0).