Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 15, 2014

Sports in Brief: 01/15/2014

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.

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