December 14, 2012 / News & Notes

Two of Walsworth’s hometowns get recognized in USA Today

Written by Idea File Staff

Kansas City, Mo. (Dec. 14, 2012) – Marceline and Brookfield, Mo., two towns that are both home to Walsworth facilities in north-central Missouri, were announced as one of the four finalists this week in USA Today for the publication’s first “Best High School Football Rivalry” award.

Brookfield High School and Marceline High School have played the annual “Bell Game” series since 1909, and the fierce, traditional competition has involved countless Walsworth employees and families.

USA Today’s contest began voting on Nov. 19, with 153 top rivalries from across the country, three from each state. The winners of the contest receive a $10,000 prize.

After two weeks of state voting, 51 rivalries moved on to the regional round. The Brookfield-Marceline rivalry emerged as the winner of the Midwest region with more than 232,000 votes.  Combined between the two cities, the population is around 6,500.

“It’s something that shows how well these communities support their high school athletics and especially these football programs. We’ll have 3,500 to 4,500 fans at those Bell Games,” Kent O’Laughlin, Marceline High School’s athletic director, told USA Today.

You can support the communities of Marceline and Brookfield – the home of Walsworth – by voting now at the USA Today contest page.

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