Sports News in Brief


Forest Area 3, Pine River 2

FIFE LAKE — Forest Area defeated Pine River 3-2 in conference crossover action on Thursday.

Pine River got on the board first about 1/2 way through the first half, with a goal by Schroeder Vanderhoof off a flip-throw in by Cole Gingrich.

The half would end with the Bucks leading 1-0. Forest Area would score first in the second half. Pine River lost focus for a short time allowing Forest Area to score another goal within a couple minutes of their first. Cole Gingrich would get the momentum going again for the Bucks with another flip-throw that would fall through the keepers hands to score a goal. The referee called an illegal throw-in on Gingrich and gave possession to Forest Area.

Pine River again pressed the Forest Area defense when Schroeder Vanderhoof took the long pass from his defense and took the inside shot, and that play was stopped for an offsides call. Pine River would finally score the tying goal with less than 10 minutes to go off a pass by Vanderhoof  and a goal scored by Lucas Harris. The first overtime would remain scoreless, forcing either team to make good during the second overtime. Forest Area would score about three minutes into the second OT and Pine River wasn’t able to answer with a goal.

Pine River 7, Burt Lake NMC 6

LEROY — Pine River won 7-6 over Burt Lake NMC in a crossover league game Oct. 8. It was Pine River’s first win of the season. Pine River got on the board first with a goal by Schroeder Vanderhoof three minutes into the game. Burt Lake responded with three goals in the first half. It was 5-5 going into overtime.

During the first overtime, Burt Lake scored on a penalty kick going up 6-5. In the second 10-minute overtime, Pine River’s Schroeder Vanderhoof scored off a pass from Colten Rawson, leading the teams into a tie again resulting in a shoot out. Senior Ethan Crawford would defend the goal for the shoot out, and blocked three of the five Burt Lake penalty kicks. Burt Lake sank the first shot, followed by Vanderhoof scoring. Cole Gingrich sank his shot, tying both teams at two shots, and the rest was up to Crawford. He had to block Burt Lake’s final shot, and he had to make Pine River’s final shot, and he did both.


Reed City, Pine River compete at Manistee

MANISTEE — The Pine River and Reed City cross country teams competed in the Chris Grabowski Invitational at Manistee on Thursday.

For the boys, Pine River finished in second place with 38 points while Reed City did not log a team score.

The Bucks were led by Ben Rigling, who finished in second with a time of 18:16.31. Chris Terburgh finished in seventh (18:52.19) for Pine River, followed by Derek Hartline in eighth (18:55.97), Elliot VanDreumel in ninth (18:57.82) and Tony Moore in 12th (19:23.38).

Kris Kellogg led the Coyotes with a 17th-place finish (19:54.48) while Matt McGahey came in 19th (20:22.25), Drake Walker in 20th (20:41.48) and Jimmy Bywater in 30th (23:01.00).

For the girls, Pine River finished fifth with 72 points while Reed City finished in fifth (123).

Devyn Powell led the Bucks with a second-place finish (20:44.73) while Holly Bailor came in 13th (24:41.03), Alyssa Geer finished 14th (24:42.00), Jasmine Blackrick came in 21st (25:23.39) and Julia Lucas followed in 22nd (25:51.80).

Reed City was paced by Joelynn Gamble-Brown, who finished in 18th place (24:57.84), followed by Lindsey Greer in 19th (25:10.34), Lindsey Kienitz in 26th (27:01.12) and Emily Nardone in 28th (28:30.64).

Evart fourth at Montabella

BLANCHARD — Evart’s cross country team was fourth overall and second in its division on Friday at the Montabella Mustang Invitational.

Max Hodges was third in 17:07, Zach Douglas sixth in 18:00, Santana Scott seventh in 18:09, Josh Woods 10th in 18:37, Ryan Tuttle 20th in 19:21, Michael Wetters 23rd in 19:34 and Andrew Bengry 35th in 20:44.

The girls did not have enough runners for a team score. Grace Hamilton was 18th in 21:07, Clairese Clark 43rd in 22:51, Brook Belleville 85th in 25:48 and Stevie Duey 111th in 28:05.


Pine River 3, Marion 0

LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball team picked up a 3-0 victory over Marion on Tuesday, Oct. 8

The Bucks won in three sets, 25-17, 25-23 and 25-22.

Michelle Kelsey had eight kills, seven digs and four aces on the night while Paige Esiline added eight kills and Alexis Stokely had 23 assists and nine digs for the Bucks.

Pine River (21-10-1, 3-1 Highland) returns to action Saturday  at the Glen Lake Invitational.

Pine River 0-4 at Morley Stanwood

MORLEY —  Pine River struggled during the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday, dropping all four of its matches. The Bucks fell to Morley Stanwood before dropping matches to White Cloud (13-25, 14-25) and West Michigan Christian (17-25, 18-25) in pool play. Pine River fell in the opening round of bracket play to West Catholic 23-25, 10-25.

Pine River coach Jana Dennis said the team struggled on Saturday without the services of hitter Kassy Nelson who missed her second straight day of action with an injury.

“She’s a big part of that leadership on the floor,” she said. “It’s been an adjustment to have people step up. I think Kyla Johnson has jumped in and done a nice job as a sophomore in a new position.”

Michelle Kelsey led the Bucks with 15 kills and 18 digs, while Alexis Stokely had 17 digs and 43 assists. Paige Esiline had 10 kills and seven digs, while Tailor Charles added 17 digs.

“We were very sluggish (Saturday),” Dennis said. “I felt as though we weren’t all here with homecoming (on Saturday). When we communicated I thought we played well but we had a lot of communication errors.”