Renewed rivalry spawns friendly wager

BELLAIRE – Shadyside and Bellaire’s renewed rivalry after 63 years has spawned the creation of a number of pre-game events to fuel interest of Saturday’s impending afternoon showdown at Nelson Field.

And what’s a big game without a friendly wagera

That was Shadyside principal John Haswell’s thinking when he phoned his counterpart up north, Kevin Roseberry, at Bellaire High School, and asked him to place a bet on the game.

Haswell, the principal and superintendent for the Shadyside school district, served as an assistant principal at Bellaire High School for five years, returning to his home district in 2010.

No money will exchange hands, but there is an element of good-natured shaming for the losing team’s principal.

Should Haswell’s team come up short, he’ll be first to attend school Monday adorned in a red and black Big Reds’ shirt. The same goes for Roseberry, who will be wearing a bright orange Tigers’ polo should his Big Reds falter.

“Kevin was actually the one that hired me, as he was assistant superintendent at the time,” Haswell said. “We haven’t played each other in 63 years and we’re hoping for this friendly rivalry to continue for many years.”

Haswell noted the Shadyside community is primed and ready, having already sold 325 pre-sale tickets for the game as of Wednesday. Haswell was actually forced to ask Bellaire officials for additional tickets after the first batch he was given was soldout.

“It was a good opportunity to renew this rivalry and we’re looking for a good crowd,” Roseberry said. “It’s supposed to be perfect weather and we’re looking for an excellent game.

“Shadyside has proven the last 10 years or so to be a very successful program. There is a lot of interest in this game and I’m sure there will be a lot of old timers out.”

There is also a community pep rally slated for Friday at 7 p.m. inside Shadyside High School’s gymnasium.

Melanie Haswell, John’s wife, is putting out a call to all men that played in the Bellaire vs. Shadyside rivalry during the 1930s through the 1950s to contact her.

Seven so far have done so, and she’s looking for more to help get in the spirit of the renewed rivalry. She can be reached by calling (740) 391-5015.

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