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‘Spencer,’ the big, red team manager
BV senior making sideline fashion statement
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 14. 2013 6:00AM
Spencer Smith has never been one to shy away from making a fashion statement.

He’s the kid you’ve seen sporting bowties and sweater vests on a daily basis.

“I don’t like to look like a slob,” he says. “Perception is reality.”

So when Smith debuted his fire engine red-colored suit – highlighted by a pair of snow-white tennis shoes – at last home game of the boy’s hoop team’s regular season, his high school peers “whooped and hollered” for him as he took the floor for “Senior Night” introductions.

“I’ve gotten nothing but good stuff,” Smith says of the response he’s received.

The son of Rich and Lisa Smith went in search of the red suit on the Internet.
Originally priced at $400, the future University of Oklahoma student parted ways with about $150, including tailoring.

“It was kind of one of those ‘what ifs kind of deals,’ ” he said of the idea. “Because who owns an all-red suit? It’s kind of 80’s.”

But Smith is testament that nearly anything can be had on the Internet.

“A guy my size – it’s a little tough to find suit – because suits are hard to find,” he adds.
Smith admits he has no idea where his fashion sense developed.

“But it’s pretty easy to match black with black or white with white or even back with white,” he said.

The Lynx coaching staff say they got a good chuckle when they saw Smith dressed from head to toe in Brandon Valley red. But the laughter certainly wasn’t negative.

“Just seeing Spencer in that red suit an absolute pleasure,” Lynx head coach Brent Deckert says. “We’ve changed his name from ‘McLoving’ to ‘Clifford the big, red dog,’ and I say that with love and compassion.”

The fashionable Lynx boy's basketball team manager Spencer Smith takes a turn at snipping a loop of the net following Brandon Valley's District 2AA title win against Sioux Falls Lincoln. Smith has pledged to don the red suit throughout this week's Class AA State Boys' Basketball Tournament. Photo by Jill Meier

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