LEROY — It’s Schroeder Vanderhoof’s senior season and the Pine River Bucks boys basketball team has been utilizing his talents in recent games.

One of Vanderhoof’s best games came as a starter against  Lake City on senior night when he scored the team’s first four points and wound up with nine points, 13 rebounds and five steals.

“He dominated the boards against guys taller than he,” said coach Brian Goodenow. “He played his heart out, had a great game for us.”

“I was in the position when the shots went up,” Vanderhoof said. “I was just being aggressive.”

Putbacks from offensive rebounds is a strength for Vanderhoof.

The game against Lake City was likely his best varsity effort in his career, Vanderhoof said. He also had a strong game Thursday at Beal City with 14 points

“I wanted to win one, not just for senior night, but it was an important game to help win the conference outright,” Vanderhoof said.

The Bucks won the Highland at 14-0.

“It’s playing hard and having fun playing together. We like playing basketball and we like playing together,” Vanderhoof said. “The key to keeping it going is make sure we stay together and keep having fun. Then it will be easy to keep having fun.”

The Bucks are at the districts this week in Beaverton. Vanderhoof and his teammates want to keep it going for awhile.

“We have to keep working hard,” he said.