Frankfort, West in ‘Battle of Fans III’
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West and Frankfort are among five finalists in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s “Battle of the Fans III.”
The competition recognizes the top student cheering section from among member schools and culminates in a video presentation including all five finalists during this season’s girls and boys basketball finals.
Buchanan won last season’s Battle of the Fans II and is again among finalists, joined by Beaverton, Bridgman, Frankfort and Traverse City West. The contest rewards the cheering section that best creates the positive and festive atmosphere made possible when students show enthusiasm, togetherness and sportsmanship while rooting for their team. MHSAA staff and Student Advisory Council members will visit all five finalists for home games during the second half of this regular season, with coverage and video from those visits and the announcement of the winner to be published on the MHSAA Second Half website.
Frankfort will receive a visit Feb. 3 when the Panthers host McBain. West will be judged Feb. 7 when the Titans host Petoskey. West was an applicant in 2012 as well.
Hankins part of Bronkema’s 1st class
CHARLEVOIX — First-year Ferris State basketball coach Andy Bronkema stayed close to home to sign his first two recruits — Charlevoix’s Zach Hankins and Big Rapids’ Quinn Tyson.
“The is a great start to a recruiting class that will include at least a couple more players in the spring,” said Bronkema. “The best thing about both Zach and Quinn is that they both wanted to be Bulldogs. It is so much better to be their first choice rather than bringing in someone who wishes they were somewhere else.”
The 6-1 Tyson led Big Rapids to the Class B quarterfinals last season, averaging 22 points a game.
The 6-8 Hankins averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rayders last season. He played AAU basketball last summer for Parallel 45.
“Zach is a mobile big man and reminds me a lot of one of our current starters in Jared Stolicker,” Bronkema said. “Zach can really run the floor and protect the basket on defense. His best days of basketball are ahead of him and we look forward to working with him.
“With Charleviox and former coach Adam Wood always coming to team camp in the past, it gave us a great opportunity to see Zach play and this past summer he showed up well against some talented big men who are high-level Division I prospects,” he added.
Thiel returns for rugby mini-camp
TRAVERSE CITY — The Alliance Rugby Football Club will host USA Eagles International rugby player Phil Thiel at a free coaching mini-camp here Saturday.
The camp will be from 5-7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. It is open to boys in grades 6-12. Participants should bring gym shoes.
Thiel is a Traverse City native.
For more information call head coach Chuck Benson at 342-5085 or visit TCAllianceRugby.com or on Facebook.