Written by Carroll Conley of the SVWeekly.com: DEXTER - GRANTHAM, PA- As Quinn Dillon sat in the seats watching Dexter High School basketball during his middle school years, he would often mention to those sitting around him that he thought that the mascot Tiger needed a little bit more passion So, in the fall of 2003 the freshmen approached A.D. Steve Bell and asked if he could actually fill the role as the Dexter Tiger. That football season in Dexter began the many antics of Quinn Dillon during his four-year reign as one of the most recognized mascots in Maine high school athletics.
Dillon particularly enjoyed his exploits on the basketball court as opposed to the open football fields. He found the closed-in basketball courts much more conducive to crowd support and interaction, and that really oftentimes inspired him to even be more creative in that setting.
"Some of my favorite memories definitely have to deal with basketball season. The best part was the boys and girls basketball teams making it to the auditorium floor down at the tourney. The auditorium is a great place to promote our school and have a lot of fun with the crowd."
Of course not everybody enjoyed the Dexter Tiger's antics. Several times the MPA regulations would seem to conflict with Mr. Dillon's creativity. One time in particular, Quinn constructed a D-Fence sign, but it was taken away from him for security and safety reasons.
"I also had a lot of fun with the referees. At the tournament, I would always meet with the officials before the game and tell them some of the things that I was considering doing. They were always good sports as long as I wasn't doing anything demeaning or disrespectful."
Those days as a mascot have opened doors for Quinn. He was accepted at Messiah College and is now on a work study program as he plays the role of Fandango Falcon. It was during one of Messiahís contests that Dillon was approached by Terry Bryan who was the voice of the Harrisburg Senators (The Senators are the minor league team of the Washington Nationals). Bryan encouraged Quinn to apply as the mascot for the Senators. Rascal The River Monster appears at all of the Senators home games and many other community events. Quinn got the job and has just finished his second season as a minor-league mascot, and he was asked to return for a third season.
"This is a really good summer job for me because it allows me to work on my marketing major. I actually get to sit in with the marketing team and work on skits and promotions that give me very specific experience in that area. Iíve gotten a lot of positive feed back and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.""This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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