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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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Bridgman's 'Orange Crush' Rules the Hive

Bridgman's 'Orange Crush' Rules the Hive
Monday, February 3, 2014
On a bulletin board in Bridgman coach Mike Miller’s office hangs the numbers 146 and 31 – his boys basketball team’s record at home dating back to the 1995-96 season. His players take pride in those numbers, updating them within minutes of returni...
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BOTF Candidates Share Battle Strategy

BOTF Candidates Share Battle Strategy
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The 2014 Battle of the Fans tour picks up again Friday following a two-week break after an opening visit to reigning champion Buchanan on Jan. 17. In case you missed it, the bar is set high for those hoping to unseat The Herd as BOTF champion. But there is plenty o...
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Herd dat? Buchanan Back for BOTF III

Herd dat? Buchanan Back for BOTF III
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Plenty of notice has come this small town’s way since “The Herd” student cheering section won last year’s MHSAA Battle of the Fans II. No question, the championship helped some find the small southwestern school on the map. But the best to come ...
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Welcome Back to 'The Woods'

Welcome Back to 'The Woods'
Friday, January 17, 2014
Buchanan, here we come.  The MHSAA and its Student Advisory Council will kick off "Battle of the Fans III" tonight with a return trip to Buchanan, last season's BOTF champion. 
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#BOTF Finalists: Prepare for Battle

#BOTF Finalists: Prepare for Battle
Monday, January 13, 2014
Buchanan is back to defend its title. But rival Bridgman would love to be the next to hoist the championship banner. And Beaverton, Frankfort and Traverse City West plan to show during "Battle of the Fans III" that the best cheering in Michigan isn't reserved for the...
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Let the Battle of the Fans Begin!

Let the Battle of the Fans Begin!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
First, there was a call from a student on the west side of the state who wondered if we'd still be sponsoring the contest. Those sparks came just last week – and don't include the handfuls of tweets we received during the fall as student sections ramped ...
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Divine Child's Nemes Makes 'Miracle' Run

Divine Child's Nemes Makes 'Miracle' Run
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Hundreds of runners including those on the Dearborn Divine Child’s girls cross country team competed at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals at Michigan International Speedway. But one of the team’s most special moments this fall came a few days be...
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Valued Leaders Talk Sportsmanship

Valued Leaders Talk Sportsmanship
Friday, April 12, 2013
Anyone who has attended an MHSAA sporting event has undoubtedly heard the public address announcements touting sportsmanship. But are today’s student-athletes the willing pupils in the subject? Or are too many kids opting for elective courses in showmanship offere...
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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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