WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Philadelphia Phillies' Phillie Fanatic and the New York Mets' Mr. Met: two legendary figures that come to mind in the discussion of sports mascots. Pumping up the fans and making people laugh, as well as taking pictures with little ones are qualities that make up a great mascot.
West Orange High School welcomed its first mascot in over four decades with a huge entrance at Friday's fall sports pep rally. Monty the Mountaineer, his name voted on by students, excited the fans with cart wheels and dance moves and posed for pictures with fans. The response and energy given off by the crowd was extraordinary. The anticipation to see the mascot revealed drew in a crowd that packed the stands, so much that only standing room was left.
The costume embodies the image of a mountaineer, but with a touch of West Orange pride. With “WO” on his chest, “mountaineers” written on his hat, an ax in hand, Monty is a towering figure that can be spotted from across the field. But who is the man behind the mask? That is a question that won't be answered any time soon. However, we do know that whoever the mystery man is, he's done a phenomenal job kicking off the school year's festivities this past weekend, making the pep rally, Saturday's Fan Fest and the first home football game under the lights a huge success.