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McBain 3, Pine River 1

MCBAIN – Pine River lost to McBain in the district finals Friday at McBain 25-20, 12-25, 25-23, 25-7.

Pine River finished the season at 41-17-2.

Cayman Gatt had eight kills and 22 digs for the Bucks while Kassy Nelson delivered five kills and 21 digs, plus eight aces, Elizabeth Whitley had 15 assists and seven digs and Christie Nelson added 20 digs.

“We knew this would be a battle,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We worked hard and constantly found ourselves having to dig out of holes. We came out in Game 2 fired up and ready to play, but losing a close one in game 3 let the wind out of our sails. McBain did a great job of keeping us off balance and today they were the victors. We had a great season and I am very proud of how our team played this year. We overcame adversity numerous times and that was led in great part by our captains.”

Pine River 3, Harrison 1

MCBAIN – Pine River defeated Harrison 25-10, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 in a Class C district semifinal match last Wednesday at McBain.

Cayman Gatt had seven kills and 10 digs for the Bucks while Kassy Nelson had nine kills and 15 digs, Alexis Stokely had 17 assists while Elizabeth Whitley had 16 assists and Christie Nelson had 22 digs.

“We were pleased with our intensity in game 1, however we just didn’t keep it up all night,” Dennis said. “We know that we need to play at a much higher level.”


Holmes is all-state

LEROY – Trevor Holmes of Pine River got the last spot for Division 3 all-state honors on Saturday by placing 30th in 16:29.3 in the state meet at Michigan International Speedway.

“It was a good race, about 30 seconds faster than last year,” Holmes said. “It was determination and pushing through that third mile.”

Temperatures were cool, but pleasant, Holmes noted, and the muddy conditions didn’t really slow him down, he said.

“It was a bit more than 30 seconds faster than his last year’s time on the course,” said Pine River coach Ross Vrieze.

Chad Zagacki of Reed City was 85th in 17:11.3. in Division 3

“I was pretty proud of him,” said Reed City coach Brad Smith. “It was his first time at an event like that as far as the state meet goes. He did well. Overall, he ran a consistent race. He got out quick and got good position. I thought. He wasn’t feeling good that day.”

Zagacki was a senior out for cross country the first time.

“He made huge leaps for quite a few races,” Smith said. “He was dropping times. He went from an average runner at the beginning of the season to one of the top runners in the state”