Batavia Bulldogs celebrate championship with a ring

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 9:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 7:36 a.m. CDT
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(Ashley Sloboda –
Members of the Batavia football team sign posters and a football after getting their championship ring Sunday at Batavia High School.

BATAVIA – Batavia High School senior Dylan Ingersoll expects he will find any excuse to make his hands noticeable Monday.

Along with his teammates, the 17-year-old on Sunday night got a piece of jewelry he is eager to show off: his state championship ring.

"It's pretty heavy, but that's what you want," Ingersoll, a wide receiver, said.

In a 34-14 win over Richards, the Bulldogs football team last November won the school's first state championship in program history.

Sunday, a spotlight in the school's main gym shone on the banner declaring the team as 2013 IHSA state champions as the coaches and players were called to accept their Jostens ring.

Parent Jerry Shubert was among the parents waiting for their sons to finish collecting their ring and other commemorative items, including posters, a drawstring bag and bracelet.

Shubert said his son – a junior – definitely wanted a ring and would like to repeat the team's success next year.

"He wants two," Shubert said.

Head coach Dennis Piron said the teens weren't thinking about rings when they were playing.

"Now that they've got them, they're very excited about them," Piron said.

He encouraged the players to wear the rings to school on Monday.

He told the players that representatives from Jostens would be available to address any issues, such as an incorrect spelling or rings that were too big or too small – a problem Ingersoll didn't have.

"It feels right," he said.