Butler County Times Gazette
  • Andover Central softball team pitch a marriage proposal for their coach

  • The Andover Central High School girl’s softball team swept Ark City Tuesday while their assistant coach, Patrick Huddleston, swept his longtime girlfriend off her feet
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  • ANDOVER, Kan.—On Tuesday, May 6, the Andover Central High School girl’s softball team swept Ark City, while their assistant coach, Patrick Huddleston, swept his longtime girlfriend off her feet.  It was senior night, but before that games started, Huddleston enlisted the help of the girls on his team, to pop the question.
    “The softball girls mean a lot to me. They are a big part of my life here at the school,” said Huddleston. “I wanted to incorporate them. It took me a long time to come up with the idea, but it turned our pretty well.”
    The team walked out onto the field, each holding a sign.  One at a time, starting with the question mark, and working back, the girls turned their signs.
    “By the time ‘marry’ popped up she said she had it figured out,” said Huddleston.  “She said that tears of joy overcame her. She definitely said yes.”
    Huddleston is a first year teacher at Andover Central High School. He graduated last May from Fort Hays State University.  He has dated Virginia “Ginny” Bixler for five years.
    “My softball girls have been chomping at the bit for me to ask her,” said Huddleston. “They said it has been too long!”
    Huddleston’s proposal was so romantic, some of the other teachers have been giving him a hard time.
    “They said I have ruined it for their future boyfriends because they are going to expect big things now,” said Huddleston.
     Huddleston says he and Ginny have not yet set a date.
    “I told her to take the week and enjoy the praise and the congratulations that she is going to get before she starts stressing about the wedding,” said Huddleston.
     
     
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