Entries for 'Battle of the Fans'
Friday, February 23, 2018
Neighbors present and past filled Buchanan’s gym a week ago to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the school’s 1978 Class C boys basketball championship.
In their midst, another champion built its case to make the community proud once again.Continue Reading
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Three finalists have shown us this month why they should win the Battle of the Fans VII championship.
But we need your help deciding which should be called the state's best student cheering section for 2017-18.Continue Reading
Monday, February 19, 2018
Cailin Gunn was new at Buchanan entering eighth grade, and she was shy. What’s more, eighth graders in her district are housed in the same building as the high schoolers, which understandably could be intimidating.
She went to only one basketball game that ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
What’s 8 feet tall, full of air and able to bounce on its head?
Just another reason to check out a Boyne City High School sporting event and one of our three finalists for the Battle of the Fans VII championship.Continue Reading
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
When Dominick Murray’s older sister was a high school senior in 2012, Petoskey’s Blue Crew was a top-five finalist in the inaugural Battle of the Fans.
Three years later, then-freshman Dominick was “really iffy” about the whole thing and didn&rs...Continue Reading
Monday, January 29, 2018
Two repeat finalists and a past champion have earned the opportunity to vie for the MHSAA's “Battle of the Fans VII” title recognizing the top high school student cheering section in Michigan, as awarded by its Student Advisory Council.
Boyne City, ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The bigger battle is coming. Contenders now must prove they are up to the challenge.
Nine student cheering sections from MHSAA member schools have been selected to continue on in this year’s “Battle of the Fans VII” contest by taking part in an inaugu...Continue Reading
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The MHSAA Student Advisory Council's "Battle of the Fans VII" is set to kick off at high schools all over our state. An expanded contest format will allow more schools to compete for the title of best high school student section in Michigan.
Contenders need to keep jus...Continue Reading
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A focus on student fan sportsmanship at high school events including an announcement outlining an expanded “Battle of the Fans” contest will highlight this fall’s Michigan High School Athletic Association annual Sportsmanship Summit series, ...Continue Reading
Friday, February 17, 2017
When Shafer Webb and his classmates were middle schoolers, they watched the high school student section turn into a party at every Frankenmuth home game.
Webb's older brother Brennan led the 2012 section that won the inaugural MHSAA Battle of the Fans. And, of course, ...Continue Reading
Monday, February 13, 2017
The best Michigan high school student cheering sections have shown us their best over the last four weeks.
Now it's your turn to tell us which of those final five has earned the title Battle of the Fans VI champion. Continue Reading
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
In a section of stands nearest the door to welcome all who enter Frankenmuth’s gym, the first Battle of the Fans champion was born five years ago.
The seventh graders that winter of 2012 are seniors now. And the Eagles on Friday were seeking to add the title of f...Continue Reading
Friday, February 3, 2017
What once was one of the most raucous gyms in the northern Lower Peninsula had grown hushed as one of Michigan’s proudest student sections slowly fell away.
Hopefully Petoskey’s opponents didn’t get used to the silence.Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
“One night to become State Champions.”
On social media and written at the bottom of its itinerary for the night, Charlotte’s Flight Club made perfectly clear what Saturday’s Battle of the Fans visit meant to a student section that while only a f...Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
We’ve worn a path on U.S. 127 and M-115 the last few years with nearly annual visits to Traverse City West to check out the Bleacher Creatures for Battle of the Fans.
The reigning BOTF champions have set that kind of standard as one of Michigan’s elite high...Continue Reading
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
There’s a party going on in the student section at Boyne City, and everyone’s invited.
The streets were mostly empty as we rolled into town for Friday’s Battle of the Fans VI visit – freezing temperatures probably had something to do with that, ...Continue Reading
Monday, January 9, 2017
Last year’s champion is back. So is the first to hoist a Battle of the Fans banner. And sticking with the familiar, two more past contenders are looking to take the final step and be named Michigan’s best high school student cheering section.
But watch out ...Continue Reading
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
It's become a winter tradition; as the Michigan weather gets frosty, high school gyms all over our state heat up in anticipation of competition both on the floor and in the stands as well.
And so the scene is set for the "Battle of the Fans VI," the MHSAA Student Advis...Continue Reading
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Cooper Kirby has a lot of people he’ll be thanking today.
First, he’ll celebrate with his classmates, numbering more than 1,600 strong. Then he’ll text and call the leaders who came before him and thank them for inspiring the current "Bleacher Creatur...Continue Reading
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
We’ve completed our Battle of the Fans statewide tour for 2016, and hopefully you’ve kept up with our visits and learned why our five finalists are candidates to be known as the state’s top high school student section.
But we appreciate all the great ...Continue Reading