[Coach Gary Stoltzenburg watches as his son  Mathew takes the field with his Hartem Junior High baseball team during warm-up before the game.]

[Mark (left), John (center) and Anne Stoltzenburg (right) watch proudly as the game gets into action.]

It was almost 16 years ago that Coach Gary Stoltzenburg started coaching baseball at Chester- East Lincoln Grade School.  Yesterday, his son Mathew started his coaching career.

 “I’ve got tears in my eyes and chills in my body,” Coach Stoltzenburg said before the game, referring to the thought of his son coaching against him. “Just think, my wife (Anne) and I are probably the only husband and wife coaching at the elementary level, my son John coaches at Lincoln College, Mathew is coaching at Hartem, and Mark is playing baseball at Lincoln College.  This is great!”

Coach Gary Stoltzenburg’s sunglasses shielded tears in his eyes as his son Mathew stepped out of the dugout.  “John, Mark, and Anne are all going to be here to watch,” Stoltzenburg said.

It was a family affair.  Support runs high in the Stoltzenburg family, and especially in an event like this.  It’s not every day a father coaches against his son.

[Coaches and umpires meet before the start of the game.]

[A hug between coaches – father and son – breaks the traditional good- luck handshake.]

[Mathew Stoltzenburg stares onto the field, awaiting the start of the game.]

[Coach Gary Stoltzenburg sits with his team during action at Chester-East Lincoln Grade School baseball field.]

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