LEROY – Schroeder Vanderhoof will now get ready for Pine River’s boys basketball season which begins with practice next month.

But for Vanderhoof, his junior soccer season was one worth remembering with fondness.

The Bucks won five games this season after winning only a few contests in recent years. Vanderhoof played a key role in that improvement.

“The season was better than last year,” he said.

For the season, he scored nine goals and was among the Bucks’ top offensive weapons.

Vanderhoof scored in the first half for Pine River to give the Bucks a 1-0 lead in Monday’s Division 3 quarterfinal round game against Grant, which wound up winning 4-2.

“It was a good first half,” he said. “I was more confident of getting the ball and I passed it quicker.”

But overall, it was a good season for Vanderhoof and the Bucks.

“We’re all just a year older,” he said. “We play together and we’re all stronger and better.”

New coach Jenny Hoaglund also played a key role behind the improvement, Vanderhoof said.

“We’re losing seven seniors,” Vanderhoof said. “They’re all in our top 10. Next year is a building year.”

But for Vanderhoof, who will now focus on the basketball season, there will be time to work on his soccer skills for the 2013 fall campaign. Vanderhoof’s main project will be working on the production he gets from his left foot.