• Orphans win first round of mascot contest

    by  • March 5, 2013 • News

    The Centralia Orphans have won the First Round in the USA Today Unique Mascot contest by a nearly 52,000 margin. orphanMore than 678,000 votes came in for the Orphans.

    The race between the Centralia Orphans, the Cobden Applekockers and other Illinois teams brought in the most votes of any contest across the U.S., for more than 1,300,000 votes, with the majority being cast for the Orphans. The second highest number of votes were case in the Indiana contest, for a total of less than 450,000.

    The Second Round of the contest starts at 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, with votes being taken at the same website, contest.usatodayhss.com/mascot.

    USA TODAY High School Sports began its Best Mascot competition at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25 with 255 schools – five per state and Washington D.C. – in the state round, which ended at 3 p.m. ET March 5.

    The 51 winners will advance to the second round, where they will be divided among six regions. The regional round will begin at 11 a.m. ET March 6 and ends at 3 p.m. ET March 14.

    Six winners will emerge from the second round and move on to compete in the final round, where the victor will walk away with $2,000 for their athletic department.