All-conference honors for Holmquist

FREELAND — Trine’s Jared Holmquist, of Reed City, and Will Dixon have been named to the All-MIAA Men’s Basketball First Team, the conference announced on Friday.

Holmquist and Dixon each earned First Team honors for the second consecutive season. This is the first time the Thunder has had two All-MIAA First Team honorees in back-to-back seasons as a member of the conference. The duo led Trine to a 17-8 overall mark and the No. 4 seed in the MIAA Tournament. The Thunder tied the program record for its most wins in a season as a member of Division III.

Holmquist added to his growing collection of accolades during his senior season, which also include CapitalOne Academic All-District® honors, Division III News Player of the Month honors, three MIAA Player of the Week awards and recognition on the Division III Team of the Week. The senior ranked second in the conference in scoring at 21.2 points per game and rebounding at a clip of 8.6 per contest.

Holmquist has started more games than any player on record in program history.

This week, he was named the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year for men’s basketball..

Holmquist was voted the top scholar-athlete in Division III men’s basketball as he headlined the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men’s Basketball selections. The All-America® honor is the first of his career and the first for the Trine men’s basketball program as a member of Division III. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® honors, student-athletes must have been named a first team Academic All-District® performer.

Holmquist has earned a 3.90 GPA as an accounting major at Trine. His academic honors also include three appearances on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and recognition on Trine University’s president’s list.


Pine River 63, Marion 25

 LEROY — Pine River (10-7, 6-6) posted a 38-point Highland Conference victory on Thursday.

Hunter Esiline scored 14 points and Conner Hoaglund added 12.

Earlier in the week, Pine River beat Brethren 51-42 in nonleague action.

Conner Hoaglund scored 18 points and Mason Powell had 11.

“We played very well,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “Brethren is a pretty decent team. I thought we played one of our more complete games of the year against them. We were pretty solid from start to finish and limited our turnovers. They have a tough big man who averages more than 20 points a game. We held him to 16.

“Marion is struggling this season. We approached that game on a workman-like attitude.”

Pine River is home Tuesday against Lake City, at Evart Thursday and home Saturday with Newaygo.


State finals

REED CITY — Alex Brummel will be representing Reed City at 135 pounds this week in the Division 3 individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It’s his first trip to the finals.

“I’m pretty excited about him going to the state meet,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “He hasn’t seen anybody yet this year he couldn’t have beaten.”