Results for Best Mascot 2014

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Total Votes: 16,221

Orphans

Centralia, IL

There are varying accounts of how Centralia High School was given their nickname, the Orphans. Most notably, a Chicago sportswriter said "they looked like a bunch of orphans but they sure could play basketball". During the great depression,...

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Total Votes: 4,600

Appleknockers

Cobden, IL

In 1964 when Cobden made the state basketball playoffs, an opposing fan made the comment, "Whoever heard of a bunch of Appleknockers winning such a thing"? The name stuck and the school has been the Appleknockers ever since. Cobden is locat...

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Total Votes: 15

Flaming Hearts

Effingham, IL

Effingham has long considered itself to be the "heart" of the country. So, when a basketball coach in the 1930s decided to create a school nickname, he used the heart theme and added a little fire. A quote from President Truman is etched in...

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Total Votes: 58

Cornjerkers

Hoopeston, IL

The Cornjerker nickname was given to the Hoopeston High School sports teams around 1920 by Bob Poisall, a local sportswriter. A cornjerker was a laborer that pulled or jerked the ears of corn from the stock before modern machines were built...

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Total Votes: 11

Marcos

Polo, IL

Polo High School wasn't always known as the Marcos. At one time they were called the Apostles. No one knows why the school decided to change its nickname, but in 1939 the school held a vote and Marcos won with 163 votes, with the official m...

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Total Votes: 11

Silver Streaks

Galesburg, IL

The "Silver Streak" was a classic 1976 comedy featuring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. That movie AND the Galesburg mascot pay tribute to trains. The Pioneer Zephyr was a high-speed train that ran through Galesburg from 1934 to 1960.

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Total Votes: 5,145

Wooden Shoes

Teutopolis, IL

In 1935, local fans and businessmen gave Coach J.H. Griffin a pair of wooden shoes carved by a local shoemaker, George Deymann. Deymann spent the majority of his life making shoes for residents of Teutopolis, which were worn during the wint...

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Total Votes: 12

Trevians

Winnetka, IL

The history teachers at New Trier get some credit for the Trevians mascot, which is named after the soldiers from the city of Trier, Germany, during the Roman Empire. The mascot was adopted after a school merger in 1981, but the students to...