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What sports encompass the Michigan High School Athletic Association?

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The Michigan State Interscholastic Athletic Association has 15 sports for boys and 14 sports for girls. Some sports are contested in different seasons based on school locations.

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During the fall season, boys in Upper Peninsula schools compete in tennis and statewide for cross country, football and soccer. The MHSAA recognizes football champions for eight-man and 11-man teams. For girls, Lower Peninsula schools play golf, and swimming and diving; Upper Peninsula schools have tennis, and volleyball and cross country occur statewide.

Students statewide, in both sexes, play basketball, bowling and skiing during the winter season. Boys additionally compete in ice hockey, swimming and diving, and wrestling. Girls have gymnastics and competitive cheerleading in the winter.

Boys play baseball, golf, lacrosse, and track and field statewide in the spring season. Male tennis players in Upper Peninsula schools also compete in the spring. Girls play lacrosse, soccer, softball, and track and field statewide. Females in Lower Peninsula schools have tennis, and those in Upper Peninsula schools have golf.

Nearly 300,000 students compete in high-school sports in Michigan. The MHSAA represents more than 1,500 public and private high schools, junior-high schools and middle schools. It prides itself as one of only two state high-school associations nationally to not accept fees for either membership or tournament-entry.

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