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Updated: 06/04/2014 10:04:00AM

Goodbye, Glenn

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PHOTO BY MIKE CREECH

Glenn Rutenbar holds a plaque marking his 28 years as head coach of the Bartow High School softball team. He is the original coach of the team and compiled seven state championships and 738 victories.

PHOTO BY MIKE CREECH

Glenn Rutenbar gets a hug from his daughter Kara at the reception Saturday at Spessard Holland as he is retiring after 28 years of being head coach of the girls softball team at Bartow High. He won seven state championships as head coach.

PHOTO BY MIKE CREECH
Glenn Rutenbar gets a hug from his daughter Kara at the reception Saturday at Spessard Holland as he is retiring after 28 years of being head coach of the girls softball team at Bartow High. He won seven state championships as head coach.

PHOTO BY MIKE CREECH
Glenn Rutenbar holds a plaque marking his 28 years as head coach of the Bartow High School softball team. He is the original coach of the team and compiled seven state championships and 738 victories.

By MIKE FERGUSON

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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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