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Vote for best high school mascot in America, Round 1: Man Hillbillies vs. Waterloo West Wahawks

Man (West Virginia) is the 8 seed and Waterloo West (Iowa) is the 9 seed in the South region

The bracket is set for SBLive Sports' 2024 NCAA Tournament-style contest to determine the best high school mascot in America, and Round 1 is underway.

Vote below for the No. 8-seeded Man Hillbillies (West Virginia) or the No. 9-seeded Waterloo West Wahawks (Iowa) to advance to the second round, where the winner will face either the Coalinga Horned Toads (California) or Chattanooga Central Purple Pounders (Tennessee).

The Hillbillies earned an 8 seed by winning last fall's West Virginia contest with 52 votes, while the Wahawks won Iowa with 26 votes to earn a 9 seed.

Follow along: National Mascot Tournament 2024 Bracket

Voting for this matchup will conclude Thursday, March 21, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

8. Man Hillbillies (West Virginia)

Several high schools in the U.S. go by the Hillbillies, but no city name makes it work quite like Man, West Virginia. 

9. Waterloo West Wahawks (Iowa)

No, we didn’t forget an R. These are the only Wahawks in the country among a sea of Warhawks. The name is derived from Waterloo (Wa) and Black Hawk County (hawk), and the school’s mascot is a hawk-like character named Westy.

-- Mike Swanson | | @sblivesports