Hopefully, we can get back to something resembling normal soon in Western New York, and schools can be welcome back their students.

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When schools do welcome students back, with competitive sports kicking off, we'll see those great high school rivalries underway once again.

Even though we have some pretty competitive high school rivalries in the region, they're all friendly rivalries. High school football games between two rival schools are like nothing else. The passion of students, faculty, and parents rallying around their student-athletes is special.

Here are eight of the best high school rivalries in Western New York. Any "date started" information is courtesy of USA Today High School Sports.