A surprise banquet was held at Spessard Holland Elementary School on Saturday night to honor Glenn Rutenbar, Bartow’s legendary softball coach of 28 years. Former players, coaches, friends and family gathered to send Rutenbar off after announcing his retirement late in the 2014 season.
Rutenbar’s daughter, Kara, played the role of host as former players read off the results of each season from 1987 through 2014. Former players recollected memories from over the years about Rutenbar and their softball careers. Some brought laughs. Others brought tears, but all spoke with a fondness for the time they had with Glenn Rutenbar.
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