SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

LEROY — The Pine River girls volleyball team practice 3-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday to open the preseason.

“We lost four or five starters so we have a lot of young girls coming up to fill big shoes,” said Pine River junior Kassy Nelson. “It will take time to be a successful team again.”

Reed City and Evart open their practices on Wednesday.

SOCCER

LEROY — Pine River is looking at 7-8:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. practices this Thursday and Friday to open the season.

On Wednesday, it’s 10:30 to noon for Reed City when the Coyotes can start using soccer balls this week. Earlier in the week, the focus is on conditioning.