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Woodchucks place 3 on Northwoods League all-star team

Bobby Pritchett threw a no-hitter for the Woodchucks this year Bobby Pritchett threw a no-hitter for the Woodchucks this year

by Bryon Graff

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Three Wisconsin Woodchucks will play in the upcoming Northwoods League all-star game.  Wisconsin Rapids native Ben Lon is named to the South Division squad along with pitchers Bobby Pritchett and Bryce Shafer.

Marshfield native Dale Varsho (Eau Claire Express) is the South Division manager.

Green Bay Bullfrogs pitcher Joel Delorit, also of UW-Stevens Point, earns a spot on the South Division team.

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

ROCHESTER, MN (PRESS RELEASE) - The Northwoods League announced the rosters for the 2009 All-Star Game that will be played Tuesday, July 21st at 6:05 PM Eastern in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.   

The host North Division All-Stars will take on their South Division counterparts at Port Arthur Stadium, home to the reigning Northwoods League Champion Thunder Bay Border Cats. The two-day event, which begins with a banquet dinner featuring Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins Monday night, July 20th, will conclude with the main attraction, the 2009 Northwoods League All-Star Game, Tuesday evening. The All-Star Game will be streamed over the internet with an enhanced video webcast on NorthwoodsLeague.tv. In the hours leading up to the game on the 21st, events will include a player scouting combine, a fan fest, and the annual Home Run Derby.

The Battle Creek Bombers and Rochester Honkers lead the way with seven all-stars per team. The North Division First-Half Champion Mankato MoonDogs placed six all-stars while the South Division Champion Eau Claire Express landed three all-stars. Headlining Rochester's selectees is the Northwoods League's leader in home runs with 11, shortstop Corey Jones (Cal State-Fullerton). The shortstop for the South Division, Michael Giller (Illinois) of Waterloo, currently leads the NWL in hitting at .376. The league's RBI leader with 40, first baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) of Madison, is one of four Mallards on the team. Chuck Lukanen (Northern Illinois) brings his NWL leading six wins as one of four Green Bay pitchers on the South roster.


Five second-time All-Stars are on this year's teams, including two from the Alexandria Beetles. First baseman Keith Castillo and outfielder Mike O'Neill, both from USC, return for their second consecutive NWL All-Star Game. Rochester pitcher Zach Robertson (Iowa), Battle Creek pitcher RJ Hively (Cal State-Fullerton), and Wisconsin pitcher Bobby Pritchett (Central Arkansas) will do the same.


This year's All-Stars were chosen in a vote by the 14 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team's field staff and radio and media contacts.  The complete list of All-Stars is below:

North Division All-Stars

Player                                 Position           Year              NWL Team                                School

Matt Fyffe                            RHP                 SO                Alexandria                     Eastern Kentucky

Mitch Handley                     RHP                  JR                 Alexandria                        North Alabama

Michael Gedman                LHP                  JR        Brainerd Lakes Area               Massachusetts

Dennis O'Grady                  RHP                 SO       Brainerd Lakes Area                        Duke

Drew Smith                          RHP                  JR        Brainerd Lakes Area          Barton County (KS)

Sean Yost                              RHP                 FR                     Duluth                                 Nebraska

Ryan Demmin                      LHP                  JR                   Mankato                     Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Tim Griffin                             RHP                  JR                   Mankato                              Rollins (FL)

James Wise                          RHP                 SO                  Mankato                       Washington State

Drew Gagnon                      RHP                 FR                 Rochester                      Long Beach State

Zach Robertson                   LHP                  JR                 Rochester                                   Iowa

Arik Sikula                             RHP                 SO                 Rochester                         Marshall (WV)

David Deminsky                  LHP                  JR                   St. Cloud                    St. Cloud State (MN)

Tim Roberson                         C                    SO                Alexandria                     Florida Gulf Coast

Kyle Knudson                         C                     JR                   Mankato                              Minnesota

Drew Beuerlein                     C                     JR                 Rochester                                  UNLV

Keith Castillo                          1B                   JR                 Alexandria                    Southern California

Adam Courcha                      2B                   JR               Thunder Bay                        New Mexico

Corey Jones                           SS                    JR                 Rochester                     Cal State-Fullerton

David Valesente                   3B                   JR        Brainerd Lakes Area             St. Joseph's (PA)

KC Serna                              X-INF                FR                  Mankato                                 Oregon

Mike O'Neill                          OF                   JR                 Alexandria                    Southern California

Rance Roundy                      OF                   JR                 Rochester                                  UNLV

PJ Sequeira                            OF                   JR                 Rochester                      Oral Roberts (OK)

Danny Miller                       X-OF                SO                  Mankato              Minnesota State-Mankato

Nick Longmire                    X-OF                SO                  St. Cloud                              Pacific (CA)

Coach                                 Position                                  NWL Team                                      

Mike Orchard                 Manager                                    Mankato

Jason Belk                           Coach                                       Mankato

Kurt Albin                            Coach                                       Mankato

Ryan Ruiz                             Coach                                       Mankato

Joel Barta                         Manager                                Thunder Bay

South Division All-Stars

Player                                 Position           Year              NWL Team                                School

RJ Hively                                RHP                 SO               Battle Creek                   Cal State Fullerton

James Jones                         RHP                 SO               Battle Creek                    John A. Logan (IL)

Matt Talley                            LHP                 SO               Battle Creek                     The Citadel (SC)

Rudy Jaramillo                     LHP                  FR                  Eau Claire                           New Mexico

*Devan Kline                       RHP                  JR                  Eau Claire                       Central Michigan

Dixon Anderson                 RHP                 FR                 Green Bay                    California-Berkeley

Joel Delorit                            LHP                 SO                Green Bay               Wisconsin-Steven Point

Chuck Lukanen                    LHP                  JR                 Green Bay                       Northern Illinois

Zach Varce                            RHP                 SO                Green Bay                          Portland (OR)

Steven Gruver                     LHP                  FR                  La Crosse                             Tennessee

Cody Winiarski                    RHP                 SO                  Madison                 Madison Area Tech (WI)

Bobby Pritchett                  RHP                  JR                  Wisconsin                       Central Arkansas

Bryce Shafer                        RHP                 SO                 Wisconsin                         Valparaiso (IN)

Robert Brantly                       C                    FR                  La Crosse                     California-Riverside

Jimmy Tanner                        C                     JR               Battle Creek              South Carolina-Upstate

Ben Long                                  C                     JR                  Wisconsin                 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Harold Riggins                       1B                   FR                   Madison                     North Carolina State

Greg Fujii                                2B                   SO               Battle Creek                San Jose City College

Michael Giller                        SS                    JR                  Waterloo                                  Illinois

Josh Valle                                3B                   JR               Battle Creek                       Marshall (WV)

Riley Henricks                    X-INF                SO                Green Bay                          Portland (OR)

Mark Ginther                     X-INF                FR                   Madison                         Oklahoma State

Chris Lewis                             OF                   JR               Battle Creek                   Western Michigan

Nolan Fadness                      OF                  SO                 Eau Claire                    Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Kurtis Muller                         OF                  SO                  Madison                                    Iowa

Aaron Gates                        X-OF                 FR                  La Crosse                            Pepperdine

Justin Preckajlo                  X-OF                 JR                  La Crosse                           North Florida

*Will not play: signed pro contract.

Coach                                 Position                                  NWL Team                                      

Dale Varsho                     Manager                                   Eau Claire

Nate Schwartz                   Coach                                      Eau Claire

CJ Thieleke                      Manager                                    Madison

Joe Potulny                        Coach                                      La Crosse

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