2018 #SWMISpirit championship round

LANSING, Mich. — The 2018 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament hosted by Sen. John Proos is now down to the championship matchup.

“Congratulations to the River Valley Mustangs and the Coloma Comets on earning spots in the championship round of this year’s school spirit tournament,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This school spirit tournament is designed to give our community a chance to show their school pride in a manner that inspires creativity and community. Both of these schools have consistently been among the highest scoring schools each week, so this final round should be exciting.”

The tournament began with 31 area high schools competing in four brackets named for features that characterize Southwest Michigan. Each week, the schools with the most points move on.

“Every week, we have seen tremendous participation from people throughout the region,” Proos said. “The Final Four battles were awesome displays of school spirit. River Valley fans pulled off an impressive victory over Michigan Lutheran, and fans of Coloma submitted 1,253 photos and totaled more than 7,300 points to beat Edwardsburg.”

Residents are reminded that there are several ways to earn points for their favorite school, including voting in online polls or submitting unique photos about their school.

Visitors to the John Proos Supporters Page on Facebook can also upload photos and earn bonus points when others “like” their school’s photo album. Another way to earn points is to follow Proos on Twitter and send a tweet to @JohnMProos that includes the school name and the hashtag #SWMISpirit.

For complete rules and information, visit www.SenatorJohnProos.com/southwest-michigan-spirit.

The championship round will go through noon on Friday, April 6. The champion will receive a special tribute from the governor and area legislators commending their school and will house an engraved trophy until the following year.

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Editor’s note: Pictures submitted by fans of River Valley and Coloma are available in the photos section of the John Proos Supporters Page on Facebook.

The championship bracket is available by visiting www.SenatorJohnProos.com/bracket.