What makes a great rivalry? IMO, here are a few criteria:
1. History (years the 2 teams have consecutively played)
2. Proximity (a high school rivalry isn't the same if the teams are 100 mile apart)
3. Venues (great stadiums make great atmopheres)
4. Crowds/fans (self-explanatory)
5. Intermingled family/friends (also ties in with 2 and 4)
6. Implications on the line (conference championship, playoff seeding, bragging rights)
So, with our criteria in place, where are the best rivalries in your neck of the woods? We all know the big ones, so let the fans of those teams post about theirs.
Up here in the High Country we have the Toe River Battle. Mitchell vs Mountain Heritage. Both playing since 1975, and have played at least once every season since. 12 or so miles apart (school to school) the counties border one another by the Toe River. The Cougars have EL Briggs Stadium (seats 7000) aka The Pit aka THE HOLE. In a deep ravine, surrounded by pine trees, this is one of the loudest stadium around. The Mountaineers march out of the woods at Ledger Memorial Stadium (seats 8000). Similar, but different, The Ledger dome sits atop a hill, also surrounded by pine trees. I live in Bakersville, about 5 miles by the way the crow flies, and have heard the crowd on cold nights. These two teams have some ridiculous fans (myself include). Anything from cowbells and thundersticks, to milkjugs filled with gravel to a stick and a hubcap. Neither side ever shuts up, and we like it! families are intertwined across the river, and it only makes the rivalry better. Up until recently, there usually wasn't much on the line other than bragging rights, but the last few years, this game has decided the WHC conference.