LEROY -- Plenty is expected of Pine River basketball player Lane Ruppert this season and he's planning to deliver for the Bucks. Ruppert and the Bucks are getting ready to resume the season on Friday at home against Farwell in non-league action. Pine River entered the holiday break at 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Highland Conference. "Seniors Sasha Huffman, Lane Ruppert and Marcus Jurik are all in their third year on the varsity," Bucks coach Brian Goodenow said. "They will provide the bulk of scoring and great leadership." It's Ruppert's third year on the varsity. "My sophomore year was kind of a rebuilding year because my freshman year I got moved up at the end of the year and we had a really strong senior group," Ruppert said. "My junior year, we thought we had it all but things didn't click. This year, so far, we're fast and able to run up and down the court." A 70-56 win over Evart prior to the holiday break was probably his team's best game so far, Ruppert indicated. "We had some pretty good stretches," he said. His role "is to be a leader and get the offenses going," Ruppert said. "I play most of the game." As a player, his strength is defense, Ruppert said. "I'm there to help out my other teammates when they need help," he said. Coming up in the Highland Conference are McBain at Pine River on Jan. 10 and the Bucks at Beal City on Jan. 14. "You have to trust your offense and play help defense," Ruppert said. "We host district this year and we have a really good chance of winning districts." He's expecting McBain and Manton to again be the teams to beat in the Highland. Ruppert also plays football and baseball, and said he likes all three sports equally.