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July 13, 2004

Valdosta - Lowndes High 15, Valdosta High 13. Sounds like a football score, but this is a battle for blood.

The Vikings and Wildcats are going head to head in the Summer Blood Bash to see who can collect the most blood donations. "It's open for everyone to come in, alumni, fans, parents, anybody who wants to come in and support the community and local schools," said Robin Miller.

Kristin Bihl is hoping to put her alma mater ahead in the race, and save a life along the way. "I always love when Lowndes wins anything but its more for the people who need the blood than for the competition, that just adds to the fun," said Bihl.

The Summer Blood Bash is typically one of the largest drives of the year for this donor center, and it comes at a good time. Nationally, the American Red Cross just put out an emergency blood appeal, which means most hospitals in the country have less than two days supply left. "We like to have at least three days left, and ideally we'd have a five to seven day supply," said Miller.

Blood banks are particularly low in types O and B, but these Red Cross workers are hoping some school spirit will boost their supply. "Our goal for this year is 100 pints, which will exceed the amount we collected last year," said Miller.

And as for who'll win the competition, fans still have a few days left to donate, and prove once and for all, who's the real champion of Winnersville.

posted at 4:00 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com