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Vote for best high school mascot in America, Round 1: Compton Tarbabes vs. Roosevelt Teddies

Compton (California) is the 3 seed and Roosevelt (Minnesota) is the 14 seed in the Midwest 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. 3-seeded Compton Tarbabes (California) or the No. 14-seeded Roosevelt Teddies (Minnesota) to advance to the second round, where the winner will face either the Lincoln Fighting Zebras (California) or Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers (Connecticut).

The Tarbabes earned a 3 seed by piling up 5,578 votes in last fall's California contest, while the Teddies won Minnesota with four votes to earn a 14 seed.

Follow along: National Mascot Tournament 2024 Bracket

Voting for this matchup will conclude Wednesday, March 20, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

3. Compton Tarbabes (California)

In 1927, a community college was added to Compton High School’s campus, and the mascot changed from the Lions to the Tartars (a Mongolian warrior). The college was known for being “Adult” Tartars while the high school was considered “Baby” Tartars. The Baby Tartars have had many nicknames over the years: Little Tartars, Tartar babies, Babes and now the Tarbabes. 

14. Roosevelt Teddies (Minnesota)

There are a whole bunch of Roosevelt high schools in the U.S., and most are nicknamed the Rough Riders or the Roughriders. But Minneapolis has the only Roosevelt Teddies.

-- Mike Swanson | | @sblivesports