Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament returns March 1

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Kim LaSata announced Tuesday the popular Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament is back for another year, with the competition beginning Monday, March 1 and running for five weeks.

The tournament will end Friday, April 2 and the winner will be announced Monday, April 5.

“The Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament is a popular communitywide event that brings together students, parents, alumni and residents alike in support of our great schools,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “We could all use a little school spirit right now, and I encourage everyone to join in and make this annual tradition another success.”

Thirty-one area high schools eligible for the tournament will be divided into four brackets, like in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament. The schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest with those earning the most points advancing to the next round each week.

Voting will take place at Facebook.com/SenKimLaSata, www.StateSenatorKimLaSata.com or both.

On Facebook, each matchup in each round will feature a graphic of the competing schools’ mascots. To vote, participants will “react” to the original posted graphic with a “Haha” to vote for one school or a “Wow” to vote for the other. Each graphic will indicate the required method to use for each school.

The second way to participate will be on LaSata’s website. Each week a new poll will be posted, allowing participants to select their favorite school in each round’s matchups.

At the end of each round, the votes from Facebook and the website poll will be combined and winning schools will advance to the next round until a winner is determined.

Please contact LaSata’s office at 517-373-6960 or by email at [email protected] with any questions.

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Editor’s note: The tournament bracket and sample matchup graphic are attached.