Hoboes need your help

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 05:02 PM.

Laurel Hill also has helped launch the careers of a number of coaches and players.

But now the Hoboes are in a battle that the tiny school can't win by itself.

Yes, Laurel Hill School, Okaloosa County's version of David, needs everyone to join in as the school takes on the Goliaths across the state and around the country.

Five schools from each state, as well as Washington D.C., are battling for the top prize of $2,000. Second prize is $1,000; third prize, $500; and fourth prize, $250.

State voting runs through March 5, with 51 winners moving to the regional round, where voting will take place from March 6-14. The six regional winners will then battle it out for the top prize in the national round March 15-25.

"We are trying to get the word out," Laurel Hill athletic director and boys basketball coach Kent Zessin said. "We have been voted the most unique mascot in the country by other organizations. A few years ago, ESPN the magazine had us as one of the top 10 mascots.

"Our students and staff take great pride in our mascot and it would be great to get the support of the rest of the area for this.  The $2,000 would really help us a lot."

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