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And the 2013 BOTF winner is ...

And the 2013 BOTF winner is ...
Friday, February 22, 2013
Josh Money had gone to just about every Buchanan boys basketball game during his first three years of high school, usually one in a semi-full section of stands. But as the senior “Trophy Buck” stood in front of his school’s newly-created “Herd&r...
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Battle of the Fans II: Vote Now

Battle of the Fans II: Vote Now
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The five finalists for this year's Battle of the Fans II championship have had their opportunities to show us what's exceptional about their student cheering sections.  Over the next three days, we want you to tell us which you think is most deserving of claiming ...
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Welcome to the Woods: Small Town, Big Heart

Welcome to the Woods: Small Town, Big Heart
Monday, February 18, 2013
Dilan Shearer and Josh Money would’ve stood together this winter at the lead of the “The Herd,” which has transformed from a loosely-organized cheerers to an example of student section fervor at its most efficient. Sadly, the most super of superf...
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Coopology: The Study of Being Rowdy

Coopology: The Study of Being Rowdy
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Trent Courtright’s voice was gone, and his face paint mostly had washed away by the end of Friday’s Zeeland East boys basketball game against Muskegon Mona Shores. He predicted he’d sleep well that night, reveling in another Chix victory and the part ...
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Fighting Irish Stand Together

Fighting Irish Stand Together
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The day Bridget was taken off her ventilator, all of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard gathered in the school’s chapel to pray for the 12-year-old member of their family. The saddest days at Gabriel Richard have only a slight connection with the Fighting Irish’s st...
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Jayhawk Seniors Nesting for the Future

Jayhawk Seniors Nesting for the Future
Monday, February 4, 2013
It’s tradition – at least symbolically – that a graduating class leaves behind lessons learned and memories they've helped make for the students who will come next.  The same will be said for those graduating from Vandercook Lake this s...
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Those who came to Battle, we salute you

Those who came to Battle, we salute you
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
We've seen what the reigning title-winner can do. Now it’s time to visit the four schools that hope to follow Frankenmuth as this season’s Battle of the Fans II champion. And if our four challengers are wise, they’ll consider the strengths of the 22 s...
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Champions Back to Grow 'Battle' Legacy

Champions Back to Grow 'Battle' Legacy
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Doyle Webb and his cousin were in Florida for spring break last April, walking to the beach, when they met a couple of girls. They struck up some small talk, and Webb described his little German hometown known in part for its giant Christmas store that celebrates the ho...
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All Merry and Bright as 'Battle' Tour Begins

All Merry and Bright as 'Battle' Tour Begins
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Christmas spirit never fades in Frankenmuth.  The holiday itself finished up a few weeks ago. But more than 250 students decked out in Santa hats and yuletide sweaters greeted the MHSAA for its first visit of this Battle of the Fans II season. 
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What is Battle of the Fans?

What is Battle of the Fans?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The MHSAA's Andy Frushour will tell you all you need to know to get ready for this year's contest.  In this video that will be part of MHSAA Network broadcasts the rest of this winter, Frushour explains the creation of BOTF and what to expect during this season's ...
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Battle On for Top Cheering Section

Battle On for Top Cheering Section
Monday, January 14, 2013
The champion is back. But the competition is all new and no doubt hungry to become known as the best cheering section in Michigan.  Let "Battle of the Fans II" begin.
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You Can Create a Thriving Cheer Section

You Can Create a Thriving Cheer Section
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
This time last year, I spent an entire cold winter evening alone in my room on the computer watching the surprisingly large number of Battle of the Fans entries. I remember being amazed not only by the number of entries, as it was the first year of BOTF, but by the spir...
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Reaching the Sportsmanship Summit

Reaching the Sportsmanship Summit
Monday, January 7, 2013
Didn't make it to one of the MHSAA's Sportsmanship Summits this fall?  Check out this video review of what you missed, including a preview of this winter's Battle of the Fans II competition. 
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Hey Cheer Sections: Get Ready to 'Battle'

Hey Cheer Sections: Get Ready to 'Battle'
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Brush up on your favorite chants, get the roller coaster rolling again and schedule those theme nights.  "Battle of the Fans" is back, and we're looking for your best as we begin our second quest to find the top high school student cheering section in the state of...
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SAC Sound-Off: Drawing the Line at Our First Summit

SAC Sound-Off: Drawing the Line at Our First Summit
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The MHSAA Sportsmanship Summit season kicked off Monday in Lansing, and Swan Valley junior Kiersten Mead tells us about her first experience leading a student discussion on issues they all may face.
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SAC Sound-Off: Don't Forget Those Underdogs

SAC Sound-Off: Don't Forget Those Underdogs
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
First-year SAC member Madeleine Martindale tells us about a teammate who worked her way up from underdog to front of the line, and asks fans to keep those hard workers in mind when cheering on the favorites.
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Sportsmanship and Success in Soccer

Sportsmanship and Success in Soccer
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
"It seems to me the more a culture of sportsmanship and fair play is established, the more likely any team is to demonstrate the consistency needed for success."
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One Community at a Time

One Community at a Time
Friday, July 20, 2012
In the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula there is a group of volunteers who are focusing on the character-building potential of youth and high school sports.
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An errant drive, but a right-on response

An errant drive, but a right-on response
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Junior Garcia was minding his own round last week when, seemingly out of the sky, he was nailed in the hand by an opponent's golf ball.  It clearly hurt -- so much so, he had to quit his round before finishing. He could've responded in a number of ways. Many of us...
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Friendly Competition

Friendly Competition
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
When Walled Lake Central junior Taylor Krumm dove for third base during her final game of the Michigan Stars Tournament two weekends ago, an opposing fielder stood in front of the bag, hoping to tag her out. But it wasn't a stranger in that green and white uniform; it...
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