LA GRANDE, Ore. – With over 2500 votes combined cast in over the last three days, Oregon Tech's Hootie the Hustlin' Owl held off Eastern Oregon's Monty the Mountaineer by a final score of 1,363-1,173 to win the first ever Cascade Conference Mascot Challenge.
"Congratulations to Hootie on winning the inaugural CCC Mascot Challenge," said CCC commissioner Rob Cashell. "The voting of Facebook by all the fans of our conference schools exceeded our expectations."
The four-week contest was a great success as fans from all over the Cascade Conference showed their school pride. The CCC Facebook page garnered over 600 new likes since the contest began.
"The support and school spirit something like this evokes is great for the league," added Cashell.
Hootie could not immediately be reached for comment but being an owl, it's safe to assume that his victory party will go all night long.