Brandywine Athletic Director Vance Stratton presented the Brandywine girls basketball team and coaches with a banner listing the team’s accomplishments over the past several years. The team was recognized at Monday’s board of education meeting at Brandywine Elementary School. Daily Star photo/CRAIG HAUPERT

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Bobcats honored by school board

Published 8:56pm Monday, March 26, 2012

Several Brandywine student athletes received a hero’s welcome Monday night.

Members of the Brandywine girls basketball team were recognized by the district’s board of education for their accomplishments on the hardwood.

The Bobcats finished the season 24-2 after falling to the state’s second-ranked team, Concord, in the Class C state quarterfinals.

Brandywine went 88-12 over the past four years with four district championships, three regional titles, two quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal berth.

“We are very proud of our Lady ‘Cats,” Supt. John Jarpe said. “They’ve accomplished so much since I’ve been superintendent.”

Brandywine coach Josh Hood introduced the players and thanked the community, school board, administration, staff and fans for their support.

“We wouldn’t go very far without you guys,” Hood said.

Brandywine Athletic Director Vance Stratton presented the team with a banner listing the team’s accomplishments. He also brought in a banner from the Michigan Basketball Coaches Association and Michigan National Guard awarding Brandywine’s 2010 team as one of the top 100 state high schools for sportsmanship.

The team was also recognized for being academic all state.

Players present at the meeting were sophomores Tia Hullinger, Miranda Smallman and Victoria Ebersol; juniors Mikayla Kemp, Rachael Ort and Mackenzie Shelton; and seniors Madison Pellow and Carlie Newman.

Hood said freshman Brooke Smith could not attend the meeting because she was at a soccer game.

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