Name of the game: What Barron Collier vs. Naples high game will be called

RAW VIDEO: Naples vs. Barron

Highlights from the Oct. 23, 2009 game.

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— The fans proved they care about the Naples-Barron Collier high school football rivalry. They submitted more than 250 suggestions through our online form and via e-mail for the name of the game. They made the decision a tough one. There were many great ideas.

Names under consideration were the Founder’s Bowl, The Griffin Bowl and The Palm Frond Bowl (which has a rich history with victory). There were several variations of the two schools’ mascots and names, including the Blues Bowl, the CatBird Bowl, the Paws-Claws Classic, The Eager Bowl and the Cougles Bowl.

The athletic directors at both schools, Erne Modugno at Naples and Mark Rosenbalm at Barron Collier, added their thoughts. They suggested the game should be named after the newspaper, which has had loyal coverage of the schools and the game.

In the end, a name was selected to represent the ideas of the readers and the athletic directors.

The name of the annual contest will be: The Crosstown Showdown presented by the Naples Daily News. Several readers, including Maryellen Barcia, Kate Durden, Diane Fowler, Max Shumake and Martha McKee, a Naples High English teacher, submitted a variation of the name.

There will be a rotating trophy presented by the newspaper to the winning team, which will keep the trophy at their school for the year.

The Naples Daily News and the schools would like to thank the fans for their support of this most-anticipated annual event.

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