By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Sun, rain or snow, our Battle of the Fans VIII finalists made themselves ready to go these last few weeks as we maneuvered through crummy weather and some quick changes to see all three student sections in action.
Vote today through 4 p.m. Thursday on your favorite of these three (enrollments in parentheses) – Buchanan (453), North Muskegon (327) or Saginaw Heritage (1,544) – by liking, sharing and re-tweeting on the MHSAA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites
But before you do, take a few minutes to watch all three videos from our visits and read the stories behind the sections by clicking the links below.
The contest is sponsored by the MHSAA Student Advisory Council, which will have the final vote on the champion. SAC members will use all resources available to make their decision – including giving weight to the public social media vote. Votes will be valued proportionate to the size of the school receiving them (for example, one vote for Class C North Muskegon or Class B Buchanan will be worth more than one vote for Class A Saginaw Heritage).
The champion will be announced Friday on Second Half. All three finalists will be invited to Michigan State University's Breslin Center on March 15 for the Division 2 Boys Basketball Semifinals, and the winner will be presented with a championship banner at center court.
And now, the finalists, in alphabetical order:
Read all about it: Have You Herd? Buchanan Parties On
Read all about it: Norse Nation Roars North Muskegon Pride
Read all about it: Heritage's Hawks Nest Wants You 'Hype'
Jhace Massey ♦ Gladwin
Senior ♦ Football
Massey, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound starting receiver for the reigning Division 5 champion, moved to quarterback after the team’s starter and top backup were injured against rival Clare on Friday. He went on to run 18 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns, throw for 61 yards and two scores and snag a fourth-quarter interception to help land the Flying Gs a 44-28 victory after they’d trailed 21-3.
The win put Gladwin in first place alone in the Jack Pine Conference halfway through the league schedule. The Flying Gs entered the game ranked No. 4 in Division 5 by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, and Clare was ranked No. 8 in Division 6. Although football has become his favorite sport, Massey also is a top contributor on the basketball team and ran primarily the 100 and 200 meters and on relays during track season in the spring.
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(Top photo by Mike Kolleth. Headshot provided by the Gladwin football program.)