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The Spoiler originally came about, according to school officials, because the school was smaller than most of its opponents and regularly spoiled the success of larger schools. The mascot used to be a gremlin-looking character, but some people thought it was a tad too weak. So the school has dumped the gremlin the past few years and just used a G.
The goose is quite popular - and common - in the Kenmare area and it was immortalized by the school giving a nod to its honkin' abilities. Kenmare has a honker suit, which is worn by a student at the games, and that in turn sparks opponents to come dressed in hunting gear.
The schools of Munich and Starkweather are 17 miles apart and remain separate high schools and school districts. But in the mid-1990s, the towns opted to combine forces in sports (they have a combined 9-12 enrollment of 56 students). The schools managed to merge both mascots as well - Munich formerly was known as the Magicians while Starkweather went by the Storm Kings and Storm Queens.
A patch of oak trees near the Red River gave the school its name, while the mascot Grover was chosen because it is Norwegian for lumberjack. There was a misperception, however, that it was named for the Sesame Street character Grover because students dressed up as the lovable creature during games. But now Grover of Sesame fame has been forgotten, as the mascot has transformed into the school's maintenance director, Jim Kovarik. The likeness between Kovarik and the Grover in the logo is uncanny and just a coincidence, school officials insist.
Valley City, ND
The name is for the historic Hi-Line Railroad Bridge, located over the Sheyenne River in Valley City. At 3,860 feet long and 162 feet high, the 105-year-old bridge once was the longest for its height in the world. It currently remains one of the longest and highest single track railroad viaducts in the nation.