Coloma wins Proos’ 2018 #SWMISpirit tournament

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos announced on Tuesday that the champions of the 2018 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament are the Coloma Comets.

“I want to extend my congratulations to the Comets for winning this year’s school spirit championship,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Coming off impressive Final Four victories, the final round matchup between the River Valley Mustangs and Coloma had the anticipation of an exciting championship match — and it lived up to that expectation.

“In the end, the Comets emerged as champions, earning nearly 10,000 points on Facebook alone.”

The social networking contest spanned five weeks and featured 31 area high schools, which were divided into four brackets named for features that characterize Southwest Michigan. Thousands of students participated by voting in online polls and submitted photos on Facebook and Twitter to score points for their school.

“I sponsored this spirit tournament to give Southwest Michigan students and communities an opportunity to showcase their school pride in a manner that inspired creativity,” Proos said. “It was awesome to see the tremendous participation throughout the competition. Clearly, no one has more school spirit than those of us here in Southwest Michigan.”

As the champion, Coloma High School will be presented with a traveling trophy from Proos and will also receive a special tribute commending the school for the spirit of its students and community. The tribute will be signed by Proos; Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; Congressman Fred Upton; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Gov. Rick Snyder.

“I want to thank everyone who participated for helping make this year’s contest such a wonderful success,” Proos said. “The community of Coloma should be proud of the spirit and teamwork they displayed throughout the competition.”

Residents may see all the submitted photos for the championship round by visiting Proos’ Facebook fan page, John Proos Supporters Page.


Editor’s note: Audio of Proos congratulating the Coloma Comets will be available at