Posted: Mar 14, 2013 7:03 PM by Richie Melby, Beth Beechie - MTN News
Updated: Mar 14, 2013 8:23 PM
The Chinook Sugarbeeters have racked up more than 2 million votes in a nation-wide mascot competition sponsored by USA Today.
The Sugarbeeters made it past the first round consisting of 255 high schools nation-wide. Now they're vying to be Region 5 champs.
The regional competition was extended, according to the USA Today High School Sports, due to mass amounts of voters slowing the site down.
Regional voting resumes on Monday, March 18, at 1 p.m. and closes Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m.
The winners from each of the six regions in the competition will move on to a national competition held March 21st and concluding on the 27th.
The national winner of the competition will receive $2,000 for their athletic program and a banner. Second place receives $1,000, third place will be awarded $500, fourth receives $250 and fifth place will earn $100 toward the athletic department.
As of Thursday evening, the Sugarbeeters have garnered 2,221,011 votes, putting them in second place behind the Pratt Greenbacks of Kansas, who have 2,250,804 votes.
Click this link to view the USA Today page, where voting resumes at 1 pm on Monday, March 18.
The contest says this about Chinook's unique mascot:
The town's livelihood was built around sugarbeet production, but the sugarbeet doesn't exactly strike fear in many opponents. So the mascot's look has changed over the years, and now the school has arrived at a much more ferocious-looking vegetable.