The Ridgefield Spudders have the best high school mascot in the state of Washington, according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.
This month, USA Today High School Sports is trying to find the best high school mascot in the country.
The USA Today staff selected 255 mascots in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, then had readers vote on the best mascot in each state.
In Washington, the Spudders drew 23,503 votes to win with 43.8 percent of the vote and beat out the Richland Bombers (16,580 votes, 30.9 percent). The Camas Papermakers were third with 12,645 votes (23.6 percent). The Shelton Highclimbers (1.4 percent) and Blaine Borderites (0.4 percent) also were on the ballot.
Now, the Spudders will go up against mascots from eight other states in Region 6, which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska.
Other mascots in the Region 6 ballots are:
- Carbon Dinos of Price, Utah
- Coalinga (Calif.) Horned Toads
- Gabbs (Nev.) Tarantulas
- Maui Prep Pueo of Lahaina, Hawaii
- Oregon Episcopal Aardvarks of Portland
- Orofino (Idaho) Maniacs
- Tikigaq Harpooners of Point Hope, Alaska
- Yuma (Ariz.) Criminals
The first round of voting drew more than 6.3 million votes nationwide.
The regional portion of the vote started Wednesday and will continue through March 14. The six regional winners will compete in the final from March 15-25. The national winner will receive $2,000 for its athletic department. Other regional winners will receive between $100 and $1,000.
To cast your vote, click here.