Pine River

Pine River's girls basketball team is coming off a 50-38 win over Beal City on Friday. The Bucks have three home games to conclude the regular season including tonight with McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

Against Beal City, Pine River led 9-8 after the first quarter but it was tied 23-23 at halftime. The Bucks led 30-29 after the third quarter. Hailey Wanstead had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

On Thursday, the Pine River boys lost 81-64 to Beal City and fell to 3-9 in the league and 5-10 overall. Marcus Jurik had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Bucks. Lane Ruppert and Sasha Huffman had 12 points apiece. Ruppert had seven rebounds. Jay Methner had 10 points.


Pine River

Pine River competed in the Division 4 district on Saturday in Oscoda. Brock Nelson (171) was first, Austin Wuesten (171), Jordan Koetje (130) and Matthew Treiber (119) placed second. Seth Duncan (119), Elijah Carper (189), Cayden Mys (135) and Phillip Rigling (145) were third and Thomas Hooker (145) was fourth. The top four finishers advance to the regional this Saturday.


Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS -- The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has announced plans for an Elite Skills Clinic that will take place on Feb. 23 on the FSU campus.

The clinic will run from 1-3 p.m. inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena with check-in starting at 12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is only $10.

For additional information, please contact assistant coach Jordan McCulloch at (630) 607-2440 or email:

This past fall, the Bulldogs have compiled a 25-6 overall record and FSU also won a sixth consecutive GLIAC Tournament Championship. Ferris State made its ninth consecutive and 24th all-time NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.


Local banquet

BIG RAPIDS -- The Mecosta County of Whitetails Unlimited will have its 25th annual banquet on Thursday, March 19, at the Big Rapids Eagles.

"Over those 25 years we have been blessed to raise funds which have provided educational materials and guns for Hunter Education Safety Programs as well as helping to provide hunting experiences for disabled youths and their families and Purple Heart Disabled Veterans at Two Hats Ranch under the direction Skipper Bettis," banquet chair Randy LaPreze said.

Tickets to the event are available online at or by calling LaPreze at (231) 349-1395.

The banquet is the main activity for the Whitetails Unlimited chapter. Attendance is usually more than 300 people.

Games, raffles and social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

WTU membership is included with a single ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door. It's first come, first served. Current members will have their membership extended one year from the date of expiration. Life Members can deduct $23 off the single ticket or big buck package price - give your Life Member number.

WU says on its brochure as a nonprofit organization, its purpose is to raise funds in support of educational programs, wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition.