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Vote for best high school mascot in America, Round 1: Ashland Clockers vs. Northeast Dubois Jeeps

Ashland (Massachusetts) is the 7 seed and Northeast Dubois (Indiana) is the 10 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. 7-seeded Ashland Clockers (Massachusetts) or the No. 10-seeded Northeast Dubois Jeeps (Indiana) to advance to the second round, where the winner will face either the Key West Conchs (Florida) or Vermont Commons Flying Turtles.

The Clockers earned a 7 seed by winning last fall's Massachusetts contest with 157 votes, while the Jeeps won Indiana with 20 votes to earn a 10 seed.

Follow along: National Mascot Tournament 2024 Bracket

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

7. Ashland Clockers (Massachusetts)

Ashland teams sport cartoon clocks on their uniforms in honor of the Warren Clock Company, a big job provider in town in the early to mid-1900s that was founded by MIT grad Henry Ellis Warren, inventor of the electric clock.

10. Northeast Dubois Jeeps (Indiana)

A group of Northeast Dubois basketball players were tasked with giving the school a nickname in 1936, and their love of the Popeye comic strip informed their choice. They went with the Jeeps thanks to the character in the strip who said only “Jeep, Jeep, Jeep.” Eugene the Jeep has been the school’s mascot ever since.

-- Mike Swanson | | @sblivesports