Hot potato? Shelley High School’s hedgehog takes second place

High school mascot Shelley isn’t the hottest bride in the country — but she’s still pretty hot, according to a national poll of the best high school mascots.

The russet-burbank redhead named “Boomer” has unseated eleven of the twelve contestants vying for Scorebook Live’s “America’s Best High School Mascot” contest.

The potato received 72,502 votes in the closely followed but highly unscientific poll, but still came out on top with a staggering 110,953 votes.

The top dog, or dag, in this case: Hodags of Rhinelander, Wis.

Shelley High School Russians

Not Hotdogs, but Hodags, which Scorebook describes as a “frightening creature resembling a large bull-horned carnivore with a row of thick spines curving down its back.”

Hot dogs.

And speaking of dogs, Idaho had two doozies to make the final round of the competition. The Camas County Mushers fell to fifth overall, with 3,271 votes.

Twelve teams survived a bracket round to compete “as the supreme ruler of the high school mascot streak,” the Scorebook announced before the final round of voting, which ended late Tuesday. Each school was drawn from one of 12 themed brackets, ranging from mythical creatures to food.

How a scepter case loses to anything – ever – is beyond us, but here’s the final Scorebook record:

  1. Mythical Creatures Bracket: The Rhinelander Hodags, Rhinelander, Wis. (183,455 votes).
  2. Food bracket: Shelley Russets (72,502 votes).
  3. Working bracket: The Poca Dots of Poca, W. Va. (19,030 votes).
  4. Class War Bracket: Muskogee Roughers, Muskogee Okla. (6,179 votes). (How a team from Muskogee isn’t automatically called the Okies is also beyond us.)
  5. Working bracket: Camas County Mushers (3,271 votes).
  6. Brackets for animals: Hutto Hippos, Hutto, Texas (3,175 votes).
  7. Bracket of historical figures: Lincoln Railsplitters, Lincoln, Pa., Mich., NY and Ill. Apparently, at least five schools carry this nickname. What are you waiting for? It’s fair Abe, kid. (Lincoln adopted the nickname in 1860 to enhance his image as a backward candidate, according to Scorebook.)
  8. Stuff bracket: Roxanna Shells, Roxanna, Ill. (833 votes). We have nothing on that.
  9. Action bracket: Mount Clemens Battling Bathers, Mount Clemens, Mich. “The Mount Clemens Bathhouses were a hot spot for the rich and famous in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the Detroit area,” the Scorebook explains.
  10. Geographic bracket: Lanai Pines Lads and Lasses, Lanai, Hawaii. (519 votes).
  11. Scientific brackets: Mars Fightin’ Planets, Mars, Pa. (364 votes). Away from.
  12. Random bracket: Lake Forest Academy Caxys, Lake Forest Ill. (288 votes).
Devin Bodkin

About Devin Bodkin

EdNews assistant editor and reporter Devin Bodkin is a former high school English teacher specializing in stories about charter schools and educating students living in poverty. He lives and works in East Idaho. Follow Dev on Twitter @dsbodkin. He can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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