Bippus banquet set for Monday

BELLAIRE – Drew Spencer will be the guest speaker for the Bellaire High School Athletic Department’s 73rd annual Bippus Banquet on Monday night in the Bellaire High School cafeteria.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.

William ”Bee Bee” Marinacci will again serve as Toastmaster.

Bellaire Athletic Director Molly Feller said the school used to have three banquets – the SPARKY, Father/Son and Fall Sports Program. Several years back, she said, all three merged with the Bippus.

”The banquet was run by the Bellaire Sports Foundation,” Feller said. ”As a member of the Bellaire Sports Foundation, I looked forward to working the banquet.

”To see former and current players together talking about the tradition of Bellaire football was exciting.

”When the Bellaire Sports Foundation disbanded I did not want to see the banquet not be held. I wanted to see the tradition continue, so I agreed to take it over and continue it under the athletic department.”

The first banquet took place in 1939. The early events were informal and including mainly members of the football squad. But, as the years rolled on, interest grew and fans wished to attend.

The first speaker, according to records, was Princeton University freshman football coach Matt Davidson, who spoke to the gathering in 1950.

Prior to the high school cafeteria, banquets were conducted at the Belmont Restaurant and City Restaurant.

”Anyone can attend,” Feller said. ”We eat dinner and enjoy all the ice cream that you can eat!”

Spencer, a 2000 Bellaire graduate, is a member of the school’s Wall of Fame, having earned letters in three sports for the Big Reds.

Following graduation, he enrolled at Tiffin University and played football for three years for the Dragons.

He currently resides in Dublin, Ohio.

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