- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A Kalamazoo County Marine Division boat has been renamed in honor of Western Michigan University’s historic football season this year.

The naming of “Bronco 1” was part of a ceremony on Tuesday recognizing the accomplishments of the Broncos’ undefeated regular season. The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to honor the team for demonstrating leadership and bringing recognition to the school and surrounding community, the Kalamazoo Gazette (https://bit.ly/2kcNnog) reported.

Athletics Director Kathy Beauregard, along with six football student-athletes, accepted the resolution. Beauregard thanked Sheriff Rick Fuller for the patrol boat name and for protecting the county. She said the season was just as much about triumphing over tragedy in the community as it was triumphing on the field.

“This is an extremely proud group of student-athletes here,” Beauregard said. ” … This was extra-special - in going undefeated, moving forward to the Mid-American Conference Championship game and having opportunity of a lifetime to represent our community and university at the Cotton Bowl.”

Running back Jamauri Bogan said the program will continue to succeed under its new head coach, Tim Lester, with former coach P.J. Fleck moving to Minnesota.

“Coach Lester will take us to even more elite heights,” Bogan said. “We pray to God you continue to row with us - whatever the slogan will be. The best is yet to come.”

The county’s Marine Division patrols area lakes and rivers every week from spring to fall, including the busy Gull Lake.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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