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Eastern Hancock coach Pat Echeverria purchased this antique bell to serve as a new football tradition for the Royals. The bell, cast by the C.S. Bell Company of Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1886, will be rung following Eastern Hancock touchdowns.


Eastern Hancock coach Pat Echeverria purchased this antique bell to serve as a new football tradition for the Royals. The bell, cast by the C.S. Bell Company of Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1886, will be rung following Eastern Hancock touchdowns.


CHARLOTTESVILLE — Pat Echeverria wants you to ring his bell. Or at least listen to it.

A former offensive lineman for DePauw University, Echeverria will always cherish memories of the Tigers’ annual clash with Wabash — one of college football’s longest and most colorful rivalries.

Since 1932, the two Indiana schools have played for more than bragging rights. The gridiron winner gets possession of the Monon Bell, a 300-pound “trophy” painted equal parts red and gold (the primary colors of the two teams).

“Just the sound of the bell, I’ll never forget it,” said Echeverria, a 2001 graduate and winner of four Monon Bell games. “It seemed like it brought us together even more as a team.”

Now entering his second year as the Eastern Hancock football coach, Echeverria is ready to bring a noisy tradition to rural Charlottesville. Except the Royal Pride Bell — an old church bell cast in 1886 and recently discovered by Echeverria in an antique store — won’t be up for grabs.

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