2019 Hall of Fame Induction

The Buck Pride Group and Pine River Area Schools proudly announces the 2019 Pine River High School Hall of Fame honorees.  We had a terrific response with so many great candidates and applications, but in the end The Buck Pride Group chose five individuals and one team for the fourth induction ceremony: Ellen Anderson, Rich Choponis, Rachel (Whitley) Modderman, Roger Rush, Gerry Dontje, and the 1972 varsity baseball team.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday night, February 1, 2019, when Pine River High School will host Manton for a home junior varsity/varsity double-header basketball game.  PRAS thanks the Rangers for helping with this special night.

All community members, former HOF inductees, friends, and family are encouraged to be a part of our February 1 induction ceremony.

Schedule for February 1, 2019:

5:30 p.m.        Room set aside for the inductees

6:00 p.m.        The junior varsity boys basketball game begins.  Pine River vs. Manton.

Between         Inductees announced and honored.


7:45 p.m.        Approximately.  Boys varsity basketball.  Pine River vs. Manton.  There will be reserved seating in the gym for the inductees.

Following the induction ceremony, The Buck Pride Group and the Pine River Area Schools will host a reception for the inductees, their families, and close friends.

Kim Miller, Buck Pride Group president stated, “We believe this group is worthy of the accolades and honor that go with our hall of fame.  They are special people who deserve special recognition.”

“It’s a privilege to honor alum and former faculty,” said superintendent Matt Lukshaitis.  “Having the ability to induct such great contributors to Pine River and our American society as a whole sets a great example for our current students and community.  These individuals gave and continue to give us all so much.  We are truly proud to acknowledge their determined efforts.”


If you were part of the 1972 varsity baseball team and have yet to be contacted, or know someone who should have been contacted, please call Kim Miller at 231-829-3141, ext. 1, or e-mail kim.miller@pineriver.com so we can ensure we have all the members of both squads on our master list for this special night.

For more details and/or to nominate an individual or team for the 2020 class, please see the Qualifications and FAQ sheet and Nomination form available on the Pine River Area Schools home webpage @www.pineriver.org or the Buck Pride Group webpage @www.buckpride.com

Physical copies of the Qualifications and FAQ sheet and Nomination form are also available at the business office and high school office located at 17445 Pine River Road, LeRoy, MI, 49655.

For prior inductees, see the Hall of Fame page using the link at the top of the page for more information.