Coach’s gift will be etched in memory

WITH HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS already considered an extension of the classroom, seniors on Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball team took that to another level in creating the special gift they presented to coach Tom Race on senior night last Thursday. They gave him an autographed bat with signatures etched onto the wood using the school’s new laser engraver. After the game, Race (center) posed with his seniors (from left) Alex Duquaine, Ben Michaels, Cameron Kirst, Jason von Heimburg, Paul Simmelink, Tyler Kraus, Chris Mueller and Bryce Morgan. Photos by Mitch Maersch
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School baseball coach Tom Race said he hadn’t ever received a gift from a team.

He won’t forget his first.

Before last Thursday’s game, the Rocket seniors presented Race with a bat with all the seniors’ signatures etched into it.

Jason von Heimburg and Paul Simmelink got the idea after the school began utilizing its new laser engraver to create a variety of items.

The seniors pitched in to buy a bat, and then their signatures were scanned into a computer, which enabled the engraver to burn each one onto the bat. It took about an hour to burn them all in, von Heimburg said.

The signatures were then filled in with silver ink to show up on the black background.

The project was completed in May, but the seniors waited until senior night to present it to Race.

The high school’s new emerging technologies class — the one that uses the engraver — has been extremely popular.




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