Rings intended for local state softball champions stolen

The Lady Bees won the 3A State Championship in June. (File)
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LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY Temple police are investigating the theft of the Academy High School softball team's state championship rings.

The rings, which the girls won in June, were supposed to have been presented during the football team's halftime ceremony Friday.

“This is a sad day for our district and our softball program,” Academy Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles said in a statement Friday.

“However we refuse to allow this criminal activity to detract from all of the hard work and determination our Lady Bees exhibited in earning these state championship rings.”

The box containing two-dozen rings worth about $7,500 was stolen Thursday evening from a coach's vehicle at an apartment complex in Temple.

"The rings were taken from an unlocked vehicle from The Villa on the Hill apartment complex in the 2500 block of South 31st Street," police spokeswoman Shawana Neely said in an email late Friday afternoon.

The theft was reported at around 11:30 a.m. Friday, police said.

"There is no suspect information at this time," said Neely.

Academy ISD is working closely with the Temple Police Department to recover the rings.

“The school district is cooperating fully with the Temple Police Department as they conduct their investigation,” he said.

Sprinkles asked anyone with information on the theft to call Temple PD at (254) 298-5500.

The Lady Bees made program history with a 5-3 win over Santa Gertrudis Academy to claim the 3A State Softball Championship.

The ring ceremony will be rescheduled for a later date.

"The district has contacted the ring supplier to determine the options for replacement if necessary," said Sprinkles.