Entries for 'Battle of the Fans'
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
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
We’ve seen two Great Lakes, crisscrossed the Lower Peninsula and crossed Mackinac Bridge twice in search of Michigan’s top high school student cheering section – and returned to tell (and show video) of the tales.
Now it's your turn to vote for your f...Continue Reading
Monday, February 15, 2016
The time was right last winter. Charlotte’s student body was ready to take flight. All it needed were leaders to show the way.
And a few snow days to prepare for lift off.Continue Reading
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Some of Izzy Nebel’s fondest memories took root during junior high, while watching Munising games, hearing the older kids yell and feeling a little overwhelmed by the booming of their voices. Now?
“Everyone that I stand around, we just look at each other an...Continue Reading
Monday, February 8, 2016
Being a member of Traverse City West’s “Bleacher Creatures” means joining 200 classmates at a District soccer game, when the other side brought 20, and then willing the team to an overtime win. But it's also about so much more.
Summed up, it&rsq...Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Lots of cheering. Lots of smiles. Everyone in beach gear and standing for a girls basketball game – flippers and all.
The first revving of Western Michigan Christian’s “Green Machine” this winter won’t soon be forgotten by leaders charged ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Yale boys basketball coach Garnett Kohler has made sure the leaders of “Kohler’s Kids” know he wants the section to be their thing and its direction based on their decisions.
But he’s also made it known he – like many in the community &nda...Continue Reading
Monday, January 11, 2016
The second-largest and arguably strongest pool of applicants in Battle of the Fans history made it especially hard for members of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council to pick only five finalists for this year’s competition.
The result? A mix of past contenders and ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
From the Indiana and Ohio borders to the Lake Superior shore, the buzz over this season's Battle of the Fans is reaching across Michigan like never before.
And we can't wait to showcase how Michigan's best are cheering on their classmates this winter.Continue Reading