The 36th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Steve Bell

Steve Bell occupies a prominent position in Cowboys’ athletic lore. One of the city’s finest athletes in the early 1970s, Bell earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and track during his record-setting career.

An outstanding football and basketball player, he held Wyoming school records that were later broken by Richard Hall. Bell was a three-time 1st team All-Ohio selection (one in football, two in basketball).

During Bell’s career, he scored a then-school record 30 touchdowns as a tight end for a school noted for a vaunted running game behind legendary coach Bob Lewis.

It should also be noted, Bell played both offense and defense. Bell set a single-season record of 27 receptions and career record of 42 receptions. He had school marks for 623 reception yards in one season and 1,030 in his career.

As a senior, Bell was the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 1st team all-city pick as both tight end and defensive end. He was also selected to play in the East-West All-Star game. In basketball, he was a two-time 1st team all-state pick and was the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,322 points) and rebounder (1,374) when he graduated.

Bell averaged 20.5 points and 17 rebounds per game as a senior. He set single-season records in scoring (496) and rebounds (418). A 1st team all-city selection by both newspapers, Bell was named Co-Player of the Year in 1972-73 by the Cincinnati Post-Time Star. In track, Bell set school records in both the 110-yard low and 180-high hurdles.

Bell went on to letter for three varsity seasons at the University of Cincinnati as tight end, being selected to the All-Ohio Shrine Bowl in 1976. He also played semi-pro football in Columbus and signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos (1978) and later the Green Bay Packers (1979).

Steve Bell, who is Superintendent for the Department of Energy in Portsmouth, currently lives in Wyoming. He and his wife, Colleen, have three children – Jamie (35), Eric (30) and Mary (27). He is active in the community, where he has coached basketball and baseball and has served as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Wyoming.

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