Pine River Looks to Find Consistency in Highland Conference
LEROY – After making the postseason three of the last five years, Pine River is seeking consistency in an ever-changing Highland Conference.
After going undefeated in the Highland in 2016 for its first league title since 1999 and making a surprise run to a first-ever state semifinal appearance, Pine River took a step back in 2017, going winless in conference play while Lake City emerged as league champion. In 2018 the Bucks rebounded to go 3-2 against conference foes.
Now a league that was once dominated by Beal City expands to seven teams with the addition of Houghton Lake and Roscommon.
“We add two teams with Houghton Lake and Roscommon coming in and Roscommon obviously had a great season last year so the Highland which has been a tough conference probably just got a little tougher so it’s a big part of our schedule and something we got to be prepared for every week.”
“We always like new competitors. It’s going to be a good conference this year,” added Pine River senior Lane Ruppert.
Pine River opens its season on the road at Kalkaska on Thursday, Aug. 29.