Sports briefs


Pine River

Pine River on Saturday began its season playing in the Kingsley Invitational, and went 2-2. The Bucks beat Central Lake

25-11, 25-11 and Manistee 25-15, 25-23. Pine River lost to Traverse City Christian 25-22, 25-19 and in the semifinals to Kingsley 25-9, 25-12.

“It was a day to figure things out,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We have a very new team and our goal today was to stay positive all day and keep a high level of energy. I think we accomplished that goal until our game against Kingsley. We had too many unforced errors in that match and let those errors bring our intensity and energy down.

“Overall, we are happy with our outcome and are excited to see us grow as a team both on and off the court. Our returners did a great job leading the floor and our energy on the bench was amazing.”

Pine River will play home Thursday in a tri against Manistee and Chippewa Hills.


Pine River fourth

The Pine River girls and boys were both fourth on Wednesday at the Manton Invitational.

Ella Ringley was eighth (23 minutes, 35 seconds), Hailey Wanstead was 11th (23:57), Chelsea Harvey 15th (24:49), Amanda Hill 20th (25:20), Jersey Johnson 23rd (26:07) and Lydia Sterly 29th (26:15).

For the PR boys, Philip Rigling was seventh (18:40), Landyn Cool eighth (18:48), Scott Slocum 18th (21:17), Carter Lewis 22nd (21:37) and Wyatt Underhill 33rd (22:15).

At Saturday's Benzie Central Pete Moss Invitational:

The Pine River boys were eighth in the small schools division. Landyn Cool was 16th (18:01.4), Philip Rigling (18:31.1) was 29th, Carter Lewis 72nd (19:52.7), Scott Slocum 81st (20:13.8) and Gavin Kelso 104th (21:17.6).

The Pine River girls were fourth. Hailey Wanstead was 12th (22:06.7) and Elizabeth Rigling was 16th (22:09).


Mancelona 36, Pine River 8

“Connor Rouse was our offensive and defensive leader,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “Our stats were dismal. We had a lot of execution mistakes early in the game that we didn’t anticipate from this group of kids. It will be important to get focused and prepared as we head into the Highland.”

Pine River will play at Lake City on Friday.


Roscommon 3, Pine River 0

Despite the shutout Monday loss, “we saw some good defensive play tonight,” Pine River coach Dave Fisher said. “Last year, they mercied us 8-0 at halftime. We trailed 2-0 at halftime. They were only able to score one more goal. The second half was played predominately on their end of the field. Our offense was on the attack which was a huge improvement for our team.”

Daniel Leydet was Pine River’s keeper and had 12 saves.

“We had great all-around play the entire night,” Fisher said. “It was a well-played game.”

Pine River played at Gladwin on Wednesday.