Mascot Mania – February

Pulaski “Red Raiders” (WI) – The village of Pulaski was named after Count Casimir Pulaski, a native of Poland who fought with General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and became known as the Father of the American Cavalry.

Centralia “Orphans” (IL) – The name dates back to the 1940’s when a Chicago sportswriter covering the Illinois State Tournament supposedly commented, “They look like a bunch of orphans, but they sure can play basketball.” The school was low on funds at the time, and the writer was describing the team’s mis-matched, ragged uniforms. Despite their name, the Orphans boast one of the winningest basketball programs in the U.S., with more than 2,000 victories through the years. The girls’ teams are known as the “Annies.”