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By Brad Spencer
Coaches and players from the 2012 OPRF High School baseball team that won the Class 4A State Championship in June may soon be seen around town looking a bit flashy.
The team recently received its state championship rings. Yes, there are such things. Similar to class rings, the state champion rings, also made by Jostens, are purchased individually. According to OPRF head baseball coach Chris Ledbetter, every member of the 2012 team anteed up for the custom made bling.
"We had plenty of support from all the parents, so it's a nice memento for the guys and for the coaches," he said.
The rings are fashioned off of the Big Ten championship ring design, with the words "state champions" etched around the outer edge of the top and the team's name inside. The OPRF baseball logo appears on the left side with the last name of a player or coach.
Ledbetter, who played baseball at OPRF under legendary coach Jack Kaiser but never won a state title, said there wasn't a ceremony that went along with receiving the rings. "They took a couple of months to custom make and several of the players have graduated, so the time wasn't exactly conducive for an official ceremony. But, I have a feeling I'll be seeing those guys quite a bit through the years."
As for Ledbetter's own ring, he said he's designated it to be worn "only for special occasions." Although, he confessed, he hadn't taken it off in four days.