OPRF baseball shows off the bling

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

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.

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Posted: August 29th, 2012 10:23 AM

The apples to apples comparison is the catholic league and the public conferences? Now who has put up more success?


Posted: August 29th, 2012 12:54 AM

Since the CCL started competing in the IHSA, it has dominated football, water polo, wrestling. It produced a number of outstanding athletes including a Baseball Hall of Fame member, Cy Young Award winner, Heisman Trophy winner, Basketball Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, other Olympians, dozens of pro athletes, several national champions, a World Record holder, and many coaches, including Duke's Coach K. Overrated?


Posted: August 24th, 2012 4:33 PM

Fenwick not only has never won it. They have never made it down state. As for the Catholic league. "OVERRATED."


Posted: August 22nd, 2012 5:08 PM

When is the last time Fenwick won the State Championship in baseball?

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