SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

BASKETBALL

Local boys action

REED CITY — Area boys basketball teams started preseason practices this week to get ready for a season that will start the week of Dec. 7.

Reed City coach Dean McGuire said on Sunday his team will have practices all week. The season starts on Dec. 8 with Cadillac and the Central State Activities Association Gold Division schedule opens with Tri County on Dec. 11.

Coach Brian Goodenow and his Pine River Bucks are preparing for a season that opens at Morley Stanwood on Dec. 8. The first home game is Dec. 10 with Harrison.

Coach Kris Morgan and his Evart Wildcats open Dec. 7 at home with Montabella and also plays at home with Farwell on Dec. 8.

BIG BUCK CLASSIC HOURS

BIG RAPIDS  — Hunters can still bring their deer in for The Pioneer’s Big Buck Classic.

Throughout the remainder of firearm and bow season, deer can be brought in for pictures and contest entries any business day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no photos taken on holidays or weekends after Nov. 15. Entries can also be taken to Kelly’s Deer Processing, during business hours, at 19077 12 Mile Road, Big Rapids.

HUNTING LICENSES

LANSING — Hunters are reminded by the DNR about the changes to the state’s hunting license structure that took effect in 2014.

A single deer license is valid throughout archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons. It took the place of separate archery and firearm licenses. If a hunter gets a single deer license, he or she can’t buy a second single deer or the deer combo license.

A deer comb license includes a regular and restricted tag. Hunters that want two licenses need to get the combo, which can be used for the archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons. Hunters can use both kill tags in the firearm season, or both in the archery season or one for each season, the DNR said.