BY: Ashlie Conner
This year will be the 109TH meeting of the long-standing rivalry between the Bellaire Big Reds and the Martins Ferry Purple Riders. This match up is the seventh oldest in the state of Ohio, beginning in 1907. Bellaire leads Martins Ferry in the win column 53-48 with seven games ending in a tie. Each year the two teams compete for SPARKY, a trophy that stands for Sportsmanship, Participation, Achievement, Rivalry, Knowledge, and Youth.
This game also signals the week long tradition leading up to the game known as Spirit Week. Students are permitted to dress up all week to show their team spirit. This year the themed days are Monday-America Day, Tuesday-Cartoon Character Day, Wednesday-Crazy Day, Thursday-Purple and White Day, and Friday being Red and Black Day.
Also on Thursday, Oct 27, will be the annual Pep Rally and Bonfire beginning at 6:00 pm in the Bellaire High School Auditorium. The parade will march to Nelson Field after the rally for the tradition bonfire.
The game will be Friday, October 28, at Martins Ferry Stadium; kickoff is at 7:00 pm.
Everyone is invited to join the seniors by showing off their team spirit. Go Big Reds!