Spear, Ueland to speak at BC centennial

Frank Spear, a 1962 Boys’ Central graduate, and Ron Ueland, a graduate from the 1970 class at Butte Central, will be featured speakers at the 100th Anniversary of Maroon Athletics. They are both members of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame.

Spear was an all-around athlete at Butte Central. The Holy Savior product competed in football and basketball for the Maroons. Frank was selected first team All-State in football following the 1961 season. During that same school year, Spear was picked first team All-State in basketball for the Maroons. He became only the fifth Butte Central athlete selected as a first team All-State in football and basketball. Spear joined the elite group of Oley Reardon, Danny Hanley, Jim McCaughey and Tom Lester as first team All-State performers in more than one sport. Spear was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ueland was a two-year starter in football for the Maroons in 1968 and 1969. Ueland played middle linebacker and also started on the offensive line. He was the captain and a first team All-State selection on the 1969 Butte Central football team that won the state championship. The team produced a school record of 2,788 rushing yards, an average of 309 yards a game. The mark is still a school record today. Ueland played for Montana State where he was selected as a first team All-Big Sky Conference player in 1973 as a middle linebacker. He was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Tickets for the 100th anniversary banquet celebration of Butte Central athletics are now available at the Central Foundation office. The centennial celebration of Butte Central athletics will begin on Tuesday, July 15 with a social at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The general public is welcome to this no-host event.

The next morning, the annual McArthur-O’Brien golf tournament will be held at Fairmont Hot Springs. The event starts at 9 am and has a tournament-limit for 120 golfers.

On Wednesday night, July 16, Butte Central will hold a banquet at the Maroon Activities Center. The event begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. The banquet will honor student-athletes from every generation over the past 100 years.

Tickets can be purchased at the Butte Central Foundation office by calling 723-6706 or emailing tane.schulte@buttecentralfoundation.org. The office will also take reservations to participate in the golf tournament.