WARRENSBURG Students, teachers and alumni of Warrensburg High School will be celebrating the life and legacy of a beloved instructor and coach Saturday June 15 as they participate in a softball tournament held in his honor.
The second annual Bertrand Memorial Softball Tournament will be held at the Warrensburg town recreational fields of Library Avenue. A series of games are to be held simultaneously on the three fields at the venue, with men and women competing.
Warrensburg Central teacher and coach Mary ann Bump said the premier edition of the tournament featured 45 players and raised about $4,000 for the Bertrand Memorial Scholarship fund.
Bump said the tournament not only raised money for academic advancement, but offered an opportunity for people to remember the technology teacher and coach who inspired and mentored Warrensburg High School students for more than 30 years. Bertrand died unexpectedly in January 2012 at the untimely age of 53.
“It (Bertrand’s death) was a real shock for everyone—faculty, students and his family. We wanted to have the opportunity to honor him with our thoughts and stories about him, and through playing softball,” said Bump.
Brent Bertrand was hired by Warrensburg Central School District in 1983, and spent 28 years with the school.
From 1986 to 2003, he served as Junior Varsity Softball coach and also served three years as Varsity Softball coach, until 2011.
During his tenure, Bertrand coached squads in the early 1990s that went on in subsequent years to the state championship finals three times.
All proceeds from the tournament go to the scholarship fund, which offers a one-time stipend of $250 to one female and one male student with at least a B average, and who are involved in both community and school activities.
The scholarship awardees are chosen for their enhusiasm and dedication in pursuingn various school activities, not necessarily athletics. They also are to display optimism, reflecting Bertrand’s approach to life, Bump said.