Blood drives to kick off rivalry

MIAMI COUNTY — A throw-down for community bragging rights will kick off the week leading up to the Oct. 30 Troy-Piqua football game. Donor support for blood drives Monday, Oct. 26 in Piqua and Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Troy will determine who will claim the 18th annual US Bank/Community Blood Center Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive trophy and a $1,000 award for their school.

The challenge trophy and the $1,000 award from US Bank goes to the community whose high school and community blood drives combine for the highest number of donor registrations. The trophy currently resides at Piqua High after last year’s comeback victory, but this year Troy holds an early lead.

Piqua began the challenge by scoring 99 “votes” from the 99 who registered to donate at the campus blood drive on Sept. 18. Troy countered with 114 votes from 114 registrations at its campus blood drive on Sept. 21.

The community blood drives will be held at US Bank Piqua Oct. 26, noon to 6 p.m. and US Bank Troy Oct. 27, noon to 6 p.m. The Challenge winner will be announced and the $1,000 award check presented Friday, Oct. 30 at the Troy-Piqua football game.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

Piqua must make up ground at the community blood drives, and the strategy for some students is to encourage their parents to “vote” by registering to donate.

“I plan on doing it,” said Piqua senior Carly Brown, who donated at the Piqua High School blood drive. “I did it last year, and my mom did it.”

Piqua leads Troy in the CBC/US Bank Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive 13-3-1. The Challenge began with a Troy victory in 1998, but was followed by a string of Piqua victories (broken only by a tie in 2001) until Troy’s resurgence in 2012 and 2013. In the 2014 Challenge, 361 students and community members voted by registering to donate. Piqua’s victory was decided by just seven votes.