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Both Princeton and Milaca High Schools will be selling “Battle for the Paddle” T-shirts this week as the schools prepare to renew their football rivalry. Princeton’s T-shirts are pink as the school also is having its “Tackle Cancer” fundraising event. Milaca’s T-shirts are grey in color. Shirts are $10 and are available at the main office at both schools. Friday’s football game starts at 7 p.m. in Princeton.

Friday will be huge night for local football teams and fans from Milaca and Princeton High Schools.

The Wolves and Tigers will renew their rivalry for the first time since 2011 when the teams face each other at 7 p.m. in Princeton.

The game has been given the moniker “Battle for the Paddle” as the winning team will take home the newly created traveling trophy called The Pizza Peel.

“This should be a positive thing for all involved and a fun, new tradition,” Milaca Activities Director Brian Julson said. Both schools are selling T-shirts to mark the renewal of the rivalry for $10.

Princeton’s are pink as the school also is conducting a “Tackle Cancer” event. The theme for Princeton students is a “Pink-Out.” Shirts will be available at each school’s office.

Teams all over Minnesota recognize “Tackle Cancer” at one home game during the season.

It is a fundraising event started by KARE-11 TV news anchor Randy Shaver, who has gone through two bouts with cancer. Money will be collected during the game.

Both the Princeton and Milaca Chambers of Commerce will be providing pizza boxes full of “swag” from local businesses for the first 200 fans through the gate.

The Wolves and Tigers will both be looking for their first victory of the season.

Milaca dropped a 33-20 decision in its home-opener to New London-Spicer on Thursday, Aug. 29, while Princeton lost 29-15 to defending section champion Annandale.

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