Over the next month we'll be featuring some of the best nicknames in high school sports, with an end goal of determining the fans' favorite.
We've built 12 brackets of 15 teams each, and we'll roll out three brackets a week.
We recently released the Science Bracket, featuring 15 outstanding high school sports nicknames with a scientific theme. Descriptions of each are below the poll.
Now, we want to hear from you: Which is the best nickname in the bracket?
Vote in the poll to pick your favorite, and the winner will advance to the Dandy Dozen Championship Bracket.
Science Bracket voting will conclude Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
(Photo of Ames Little Cyclones by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune/USA TODAY NETWORK)
Northern Lights (Deering, Alaska; Shishmaref, Alaska)
A nickname so good, two far-north Alaska schools about 100 miles apart use it.
Midland Chemics (Michigan)
The first known use of the word “chemic” came in 1576, according to Merriam-Webster, short for “alchemic.” It also can be short for “chemical.” And at Midland High School, Vic — a stuffed lion — is the Chemics’ mascot. Makes perfect sense.
Benjamin Franklin Electrons (Pennsylvania)
Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia is the only home of the Electrons in the country. Fortunately, there are no Protons out there to face them.
Two Harbors Agates (Minnesota)
An agate crystal forms within the cavities of other rocks in acidic to neutral environments — such as the shores of Lake Superior, where the town of Two Harbors is located.
Sallisaw Black Diamonds (Oklahoma)
The Black Diamonds are named for the coal that was mined in Sallisaw, a town that derived its name from the French word "salaiseau," or salt provisions. Salt deposits along the streams in this area furnished salt used by buffalo hunters and early settlers to preserve meat. Evidence of old salt kettles is still found in the county.
Nathan Hale-Ray Noises (Connecticut)
The Moodus area is known for its low-level seismic activity, so the high school is the Noises — meant to underscore strange, underground rumblings.
Purple Hurricanes (Fitzgerald, Georgia; Gainesville, Florida)
Hurricanes are perfectly terrifying on their own, but making them purple seems diabolical — especially in Florida and Georgia.
University Laboratory Junior Rainbows (Hawaii)
The nickname makes lots of sense in the context of being the junior version of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the college ranks. But without context it’s interesting to think of being named a small rainbow rather than a large one.
Ames Little Cyclones (Iowa)
Same concept as the Junior Rainbows. The Little Cyclones are going for the collegiate angle, pairing with hometown Iowa State, but potentially catastrophic weather phenomena being hailed as “little” is just inherently funny.
Winters Blizzards (Texas)
Located in the central region of Texas, the town of Winters sees about 1 inch of snowfall on a yearly basis. Named after rancher John Winters, the town's high school decided to stick with the cold theme when choosing a mascot, and you have to respect the commitment.
Boiling Springs Bubblers (Pennsylvania)
Boiling Springs gets its name from the natural hot springs located in and around the town, and "the Bubble" is the biggest of them. And the Boiling Springs High School Bubblers' mascot is a purple and gold bubble.
Hot Springs Savage Heat (Montana)
For many years, the mascot was simply "Savages," but in the wake of a 2000 Tribal Council Resolution denouncing the use of Native Americans as mascots, the Hot Springs school board agreed in 2007 to change the temperature and rename the team.
Johnson Atom Smashers (Georgia)
Johnson High School was founded in 1959 as a laboratory school to Savannah State, and that scientific connection gave birth to the Atom Smashers.
Life Academy Biohazards (California)
Beware these athletes’ knowledge of microorganisms when facing this Oakland school that’s focused on health and bioscience.
Mars Fightin’ Planets (Pennsylvania)
Theories vary on how the north Pittsburgh town of Mars got its name, but it seems pretty obvious why the high school went with Fightin' Planets as its mascot.