February seems like a lifetime away at this point, but if you can recall, County 10 organized our first ever “Mascot Challenge” event.
We grouped each Fremont County high school and Central Wyoming College together and collected votes for fan’s favorite mascots. An initial round of voting moved teams into an 8-team pool and head-to-head match-ups.
Ultimately, the Shoshoni High School Wranglers were crowned as this year’s favorite mascot. “We had our entire school voting on multiple devices, every day, multiple times per day,” Shoshoni High School Principal Christina Mills told us. “We’re a small area, but people have a lot of pride out here.”
Shoshoni fans dominated throughout the challenge, winning the initial round of voting between 12 different teams. They beat Central Wyoming College’s Rustlers in the round of 8, their rivals the Wind River Cougars in the final 4, and ultimately cruised in the championship round past Riverton’s Wolverines.
While the winner was announced in mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our plans to award the plaque. Earlier this week, the County 10 staff had the chance to drop it off with Principal Mills.
We received over 31,000 votes in the first ever attempt at this. So what we’re saying is, we’re for sure anxious to do this again! We want to see if the Wranglers can dominate again, or if someone else in County 10 can rise to the challenge. Look for the 2021 challenge to return in February, and hopefully next year it will work as our warm-up event for our NCAA Tournament March Madness Challenge!