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And the 2015 BOTF Winner is ...

And the 2015 BOTF Winner is ...
Friday, February 20, 2015
Sydney Brooks always has taken pride in her town, even as classmates talked about how there was nothing to do in Dowagiac and how they couldn’t wait to leave when high school was done. Turns out there’s a lot of fun to be had in her school’s corner of...
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Battle of the Fans IV: Vote Now

Battle of the Fans IV: Vote Now
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
We watched and enjoyed what hopefuls sent us from all over the state, then criss-crossed Michigan to see this season's best for ourselves.  And now it's your turn to vote for your favorite student cheering section of this season's Battle of the Fans IV. 
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Dowagiac Unites to Launch 'Attack'

Dowagiac Unites to Launch 'Attack'
Monday, February 16, 2015
Nate Hiler was sitting silently in a mostly-silent social studies class when he erupted. Senior Trenton Lesniak burst out of another classroom and started yelling down both ends of the hall. Soon teachers were cheering as well as frenzy lifted Dowagiac High School. It ...
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St. Johns Cheers Section Success

St. Johns Cheers Section Success
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The low point might’ve come two years ago, when St. Johns student leaders planned a holiday theme for a boys basketball game.  Alex Davis showed up in a Christmas sweater. Only four of her classmates dressed to match.
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Buchanan's 'Herd' Grows Into More

Buchanan's 'Herd' Grows Into More
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The “Herd” began three years ago as a cheering section, and senior leaders are among the few students left who remember school before “The Woods” took root in the southwest corner of Buchanan’s gymnasium. It’s not that games weren&rs...
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Yale Kohler's Krazies Rise to Roar

Yale Kohler's Krazies Rise to Roar
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The magnitude of last season’s Boys Basketball District Final gave Yale’s “Kohler Krazies” a glimpse of their potential as a booming student cheering section. But a 90-minute delay during that eventual overtime loss to Imlay City showed junior K...
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'Creatures' Build Beaverton Legacy

'Creatures' Build Beaverton Legacy
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nate O’Brien has had a hand in his share of traditions at Beaverton High School. And he's already looking forward to watching another legacy continue when his time as a student is done this spring.  
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#TBT: Remembering #BOTF I-III

#TBT: Remembering #BOTF I-III
Thursday, January 15, 2015
The MHSAA and its Student Advisory Council will kick of this winter's Battle of the Fans IV on Friday with a visit to reigning champion Beaverton.  In advance, let's recall what earned our first three champions -- Frankenmuth in 2012, Buchanan in 2013 and Beaverto...
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#BOTF IV: Powers Face New Challengers

#BOTF IV: Powers Face New Challengers
Monday, January 12, 2015
Perennial powers are beginning to emerge as the MHSAA Student Advisory Council embarks again on its quest to reward Michigan's top high school student cheering section. Reigning champion Beaverton is back for Battle of the Fans IV, while 2013 champion Buchanan is a fina...
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It's Time: Bring on Battle of the Fans IV

It's Time: Bring on Battle of the Fans IV
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Our games have moved inside, and student fan sections have followed. Gyms are jammed, cheers fill the air, and all is merry and bright.   It's that Battle of the Fans time of year, and the MHSAA's Student Advisory Council is again preparing to reward the top high ...
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Sportsmanship Summits Return

Sportsmanship Summits Return
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Michigan High School Athletic Association will present its Sportsmanship Summit series in November, with this year’s focus on appropriate cheering and creating a fun and positive experience.
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Student Leadership Plays Vital Role

Student Leadership Plays Vital Role
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Fred Smith had a plan. Josh Money had no idea what it was, only that he was to report to the Buchanan High School athletic director’s office in the morning. The meeting supplied the impetus for a full-court press to turn around the culture at the small school in...
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Valuable Victories

Valuable Victories
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Without rules of eligibility and competition, and opponents playing by the very same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.
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BOTF

BOTF
Friday, March 14, 2014
When MHSAA staff asked our Student Advisory Council, “How do we have a sportsmanship program that isn’t boring?”
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“How” Matters More

“How” Matters More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Trying to win is much better than not trying to win. Sloppy effort does not benefit the participants, or anybody else for that matter.
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And the 2014 BOTF winner is ...

And the 2014 BOTF winner is ...
Friday, February 21, 2014
Beaverton’s “Bleacher Creatures” student section has filled stands for 35 years. But when leaders decided this fall to get more organized, and then met this for the first-ever Spirit Club meeting, they had one goal in mind.
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Battle of the Fans III: Vote Now

Battle of the Fans III: Vote Now
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
We visited, we watched, we enjoyed and now we've returned from our five trips to this season's MHSAA Battle of the Fans III finalists.  And now it's your turn to vote for your favorite in this season's search for Michigan's top high school cheering section. 
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Beaverton 'Creatures' Dominate Bleachers

Beaverton 'Creatures' Dominate Bleachers
Monday, February 17, 2014
What have Beaverton’s Bleacher Creatures meant to their 1,100-person town during their 35 years cheering on the local teams? Junior Breanna Frasher got a pretty good idea last week.
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TC West 'Creatures' of Cheer Habit

TC West 'Creatures' of Cheer Habit
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
No one in the Traverse City West student section expects a classmate to skip another school activity to join the Bleacher Creatures. Those who have to work on game nights are exempt, and having a lot of homework also is excusable.  Otherwise, showing up, like most...
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Change Does Frankfort's 'Cage' Good

Change Does Frankfort's 'Cage' Good
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Senior Christian Purchase, a Frankfort basketball player, remembers sitting in his school’s cheering section as a freshman and thinking he’d hate to be on the other team as his classmates chanted “Everyone is watching you!” Frankfort students ca...
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