By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 8/21/18 (Tue)
As high school sports ramps up, names can be a lot of fun for a variety of reasons. Who named them, why do they have the name they do and how do opponents react?
The school nickname at Donnybrook, now closed, was also called Hi-Liners.
Kenmare has the Honkers. An unusual name that gets a lot of attention because it is the only one of its kind in
The Max Cossacks are sports teams in
What is a Lobo? I’m sure if you ask anyone from LaMoure, they will be able to tell you. My first guess was a donkey or something. But a Lobo is actually what a timber wolf is called in the southwestern
We also have the Napoleon Imperials. Now who would want to name their school nickname after an individual who raided other countries and seized control of whatever he could. Besides, I don’t think there is one single French person living in Napoleon.
It turns out, the nickname came from an original settler to
We all love animal nicknames and one of them that is unique in
It gets even better with the Central Cass Squirrels. My guess is this team was named because squirrels are very quick and agile, as well as clever and know how to get the job done.
Shifting gears, there’s the Ashley Aces. Teams that might come in from
Instead, it may be that Ashley’s nickname came from the World War I fighter pilots called “aces,” or something very similar.
Two teams, not even close to each other use the same theme of water for their nicknames. The Strasburg Clippers are named after the clipper ships that once sailed the
And, the Beach Buccaneers aren’t named after the football team in
There’s another team name among
Thus far, there hasn’t been any petitions to withdraw the name, but years ago, the Devils Lake Satans changed their name to the Firebirds.
There’s also the Hettinger Black Devils, which just has a softer impact because of the word black in front of devils.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the New Salem Holsteins. Hey, this is an animal, just like the Woodchucks, so what’s the big deal? The
We also have Braves, Indians and Warriors. What gets me is the Parshall Lady Braves. By definition a brave is a young Indian male who is noble, peaceful and provides for his family. Bottineau also has the Braves, but at least the girls teams are called the Stars.
Perhaps the most interesting name in the history of
Starkweather, which has been merged with
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