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Battle for the Bell turns 100

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The prized (and very heavy) Frisco Bell, which currently sits at Webster Groves High School (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

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The Statesmen and Pioneers square off at noon on Thursday. If that sentence doesn't make sense to you, you're not from Kirkwood or Webster Groves.

The two St. Louis suburbs are part of a tradition that turns 100 this year, when Kirkwood and Webster Groves High School play their annual Turkey Day game. The winner gets the prized Frisco Bell.

It's one of the nation's oldest Thanksgiving Day high school football games. And with all that tradition, you can't help but find countless family connections, as KWMU's Tom Weber recently discovered.

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