That got me pondering high school mascots in Idaho. There are 155 schools in the state that have mascots. I can’t name them all without a little help from my friend Google. You know who you are.
There are several unusual ones, i.e., the Bonneville Bees, the Malad Dragons, the American Falls Beavers, etc. The Soda Springs Cardinals? Really? Has anyone ever spotted a cardinal in Soda Springs?
According to Maxpreps.com, a website about high school sports, there are seven schools in Idaho that have unique mascot names. That is, no one else in the U.S. uses that mascot. They are the Orofino Maniacs (is anyone surprised?), the Kamiah Kubs (thanks to the spelling), the Kuna Kavemen (ditto), the Maranatha Christian Great Danes, the Cutthroats of the Community School in Sun Valley, the Shelley Russets, and the Camas County High School Mushers.
I would have thought the Clark Fork Wampus Cats might be unique. Nope. There are at least five other schools that use that mascot. The one in Conway, Arkansas has a claim to being unique among Wampus cats, though. Their mascot has six legs.
What is a Wampus cat? Clark Fork High School has its own legend. It’s also a half-dog, half-cat in Appalachian folklore. But I digress.
Back in Idaho we need to spotlight the Shelley Russets for their brave use of a vegetable as a mascot, albeit one wearing a crown. I couldn’t find another high school using a vegetable mascot, but Scottsdale Community College is proud of their Fighting Artichoke. There’s also a Fighting Okra at Delta State.
You will, no doubt, share your favorite mascot and/or vegetable observations.