Andover teacher, coach pops the question on the field


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Andover, Kan. -- Last Tuesday night, on an Andover softball field, assistant coach Patrick Huddleston wasn't worried about pop flies, but rather popping the big question.

Huddleston is finishing up his first year teaching chemistry at Andover Central High School, but it's his chemistry outside of the classroom that put him in the spotlight at Tuesday's softball senior night game.

"It was kind of a big night anyway, and I kind of added to the fire there." says Huddleston.

"We knew that he had been dating her for five years and we were like, alright, come on coach." says junior softball player Becca Schulte.

After months of heckling from his players, Huddleston decided to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Ginny Bixler, in front of the entire team and crowd.

"She's a huge part of my life and I wanted something really special for her, and the softball girls have become a big part of my life these past couple of months, and so I really wanted to incorporate them." says Huddletston.

So, on senior night, Huddleston passed out signs and let the players take care of the rest.

"I spelled out "Ginny will you marry me?" with a question mark and heart of course and I had them walk out one by one with the heart first and then spelling it backwards, all the way to the G. The girls flipped their signs over one at at time."

"Oh she cried, it was awesome. A bunch of girls were crying too on the team, but she was so surprised, and she like, walked out and she was crying, and she was so excited." says Schulte.

"She said yes right away. She didn't even think twice about it." says Huddleston.

A diamond, accepted on a softball diamond.

"It was awesome, you know? I couldn't asl for anything more. I got the girl of my dreams, we won two JV games, and we won two varsity games, so it was a perfect turnout."

Huddleston says he want his fiance to enjoy their engagement and to take her time planning, but that they might be looking at setting a date sometime next summer.


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