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Wausau high school rivalry goes national

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - It's a rivalry going on 43 years: Wausau East vs. Wausau West. A rivalry so big, some people thought it should be recognized.

“One of our assistant football coaches it caught his eye one day and sent us in as a nomination," said Dan Hein, Wausau West's athletic director.

He's talking about a USA Today contest. It aims to determine the biggest high school rivalry in the country. When the schools first entered, everyone took it as a joke.

“At first it was pretty slow kids didn't really understand what it was all about," said Greg Harvey, the Wausau East athletic director.

Then, they won Wisconsin, then the Midwest, and now these schools are in the top ten nationally aiming for first prize.

“We're a smaller town than some of those bigger towns and it's pretty big for us if we can win this," said Hunter Behnke of Wausau East.

Students say it's helping bring the community together to put Wausau on the map.

“It shows that we're not the biggest town of all and we're not the best team of all but it shows how much of a rivalry we have," said Drew Pearson of Wausau West.

The winner of the contest gets $5,000 to split between both schools. The rivalry already has more than 30,000 votes online, but students at both schools say they need more.

“It gets us money if we end up winning and it would be huge for Wausau to bring that home," said Pearson.

“Just keep voting because we know we need to win it we'd love to win it," said Behnke.

Voting ends in five days. If you want to vote, click here: http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/rivalry-2013/final?votedfor=I&invalid=1

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