And The Bell Rings…
Centennial Cheer & Dance Reflect on Bell Game Preparation, and Superstition
October 16, 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. For the citizens of Pueblo, Colorado, this week is one of the most important of the year: Bell Week, the days leading up to the quintessential Bell Game.
The Bell Game is one of the oldest high school rivalries in the country— a 118-year rivalry, to the exact. Every year, for seven decades, Pueblo Central and Pueblo Centennial have battled to win the bell. The week before the football game is rife with school spirit; each day, the schools have a new theme, and the halls are decorated with posters and explosions of colored glitter.
People also find themselves getting very superstitious as the game grows closer. “We have to find a dead cat,” senior cheerleader Aubri Lopez said sagely. “Every time we find a dead cat, we win the bell.” “If the Cannon is with East and the Pigskin is at West, then we have good chances,” added fellow cheerleader Elizabeth Leyba.
We asked some dancers how they felt about the upcoming game as well. “It’s scary and intense,” said Lillian Coon, a 16-year-old dancer. “But our routines are looking good, and the team has a lot of school spirit.” Amber Medina, another varsity dancer, was happy to discuss their “big diss.” “In my opinion, we still have to clean up our routine, but be on the lookout for our Central diss. It’s a good one.”
The senior girls have some of the most pressure on them. This is their last year at Centennial and their last year to win the bell. As Medina succinctly put it, “This one matters.” Whatever the outcome of the game this year, the schools and the town wait with bated breath to hear that bell ring again.