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Football rivalry extends to the sideline in annual East-North showdown

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Sibling rivalries can be intense, but so can the one between Columbus North and Columbus East high school football teams.

What happens when they are combined?

One Columbus family will find out tonight when the much-anticipated crosstown rivalry match kicks off at 7 p.m.

Sarah Towsley is a sophomore at Columbus North High School and a member of the junior varsity cheerleading team. Her younger sister, Rissa Towsley, attends Columbus East High School and cheers on the freshman team.

The girls attended St. Bartholomew Catholic School through eighth grade, and their mother wanted to let them choose the high school they would like to attend — they just happened to be decide upon two schools with a 42-year history of competition.

"It's really just a friendly rivalry between two different schools," Sarah Towsley said. "It's fun to see who wins."

For more on this story, see Friday's Republic.

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