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Teams and Players Ready for All-Star Game

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The Northwoods League All-Star game is in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Woodchucks and Rafters play for the south team, taking on the teams that make up the north division.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have only been around since last season, but this week, they will be the center of the Northwoods League. Witter field is host to the league's All-Star Game. And it has the people jumping for joy.

"It means a lot for our organization, especially only being a second year team, to be able to host it," said Liz Kern, Rafters General Manager

And the home team will be represented, as Skylar Debilzen is the only Rafter to earn a spot. So even though he's home, he feels like an outsider.

"All the other guys have someone to talk to, and hang out with, and it's basically me," Debilzen said.  "I don't really know anyone from around the league."

The Woodchucks have a nice contingent at the game, sending catcher Carlos Escobar and pitchers Ryan Iverson and Tom Briner.

They say catcher is the toughest position on the diamond, and that's the case for Escobar, handling a new pitching staff.

"I'll have to get to know their pitchers pretty quick, and work with them because they'll be facing some pretty good hitters," Escobar said. 

Iverson is in his second year in the league, but his first all-star game. So at times, he might not know how things go.

"We're pretty much doing what everybody else is doing, pretty much what we're seeing on TV," Iverson said.

While he's getting used to his surroundings, he already knows how the game will turn out.

"Oh, we're going to win, absolutely," he said.  "No doubt in my mind."

The last time Rapids enjoyed an all-star gathering was in 1973, when the Wisconsin Rapids Twins were in the Midwest League.

 

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