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Rhino Baseball Announces Tryouts for 2018!
Jul 05

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Jon Zacharias Verbally Commits to Cornell University!
Jun 14

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Jon Zacharias, a 2018 RHP from Notre Dame Prep HS in Wiscosnin, has verbally committed to Cornell University!

Jon, at 6'4" 200lb, has continually increased his velocity throughout the last couple years and is now up to 86 in game. There is little doubt that he will be upper 80's+ when he gets to Cornell his freshman year. He has plus movment and understand how to pitch. 

Obviously in the classroom he is a great student with a 3.9 GPA and a 31 ACT. 

Jon will be coached by Dan Pepicelli who will be entering his third season at Cornell. Coach Pepicelli came from Clemson where he was the pitching coach for six seasons which includes three as the associate head coach. He saw 10 of his pitchers at Clemson selected in the MLB Draft. 

Last season Coach Pepicelli led Cornell to a 21-17 overall record including a win over Michigan State.

Jon becomes the 101st college commit since Rhino Baseball start in 2013. He joins Eli Kramer, a 2019 Nebraska commit, as the most recent DI commits from our Wisconsin program. 

Cornell was a top choice for Jon and couldnt be more thrilled that it is the place he will call home for the next 4 years. 

Congrats Jon, such a great fit!

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Concordia-Chicago Talks With Rhino Players Before CWS
May 25

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Concordia University-Chicago headed up to Appleton, Wisconsin to begin their quest to win the DIII College World Series. 

CUC has two Rhino alumns on their roster, Mike Formella and Ryan Tishka. 

With our Wisconsin facility also being in Appleton, we invited the CUC team in to practice. Before their practice started they were gracious enough to sit down with some of our players aged 11-14 and talk about some life lessons with them. 

After the talk the players were able to watch a high level college baseball team practice and how they go about their business. For our players to be able to be up close and personal with the players and staff is an experience they will never forget and an invaluable one as well. 

To read more about the visit please click HERE

Big thank you to CUC and their staff for taking the time out for aspiring college baseball players. 

Good luck at the CWS!

Mother's Day Brings Boatload of Hardware for Rhino Teams
May 16

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Mother's Day weekend turned out to be a very successful one for Rhino teams. 

The priority of the weekend was to celebrate our wonderful mothers. The second priority was to bring home some hardware. 

Those priorities were accomplished!

7u: Both 7u teams won their Sunday games by scores of 2-0 and 1-0 which is incredibly impressive to have such scores at that age. 

8u: Runner-ups Fox Valley Freedom Fest

10u North: Champs Ho Chunk Mother's Day Classic

11u: Runner-ups GameDay USA Battle for the Beef

11u Wisco: Runner-ups Seminole Sports Mother's Day Classic

13u North: Runner-ups GamDay USA Battle for the Beef

13u East: Champs Team Exposure Mother's Day Bash

13u South: Runner-ups 8th Annual Oswego Panther Prowl

Thank you to all the moms out there. Many times that job of a mom goes very unrecognized, but you are truly the steam that makes the engine run in most households. 

Heck of a weekend by our guys. Those results make 96 first place finishes and 82 second place finishes in the short history of Rhino Baseball. 

Justin Sanders Verbally Commits to Alma College!
Apr 25

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Justin Sanders, a 2017 LHP from Appleton North HS, has verbally committed to Alma College!

Justin is by no means a physically enforcing player on the mound but he is a fantastic game pitcher who can keep some of the best teams out there off balance. 

The Scots are coached by Jake Sabol who is in his second year as head coach at Alma. 

In his first year at the helm, Coach Sabol led the Scots to a school record of 28 wins. 

Being a pitcher, Justin will be able to work with Coach Sabol who was a weekend starter for Central Michigan and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2011. 

Justin becomes the 29th player in our 2017 class alone to commit to play college baseball next year, including every senior that plays in the Rhino Wisconsin program. 

Congrats Justin, very excited for you!

Solid Weekend by a number of Rhino teams!
Apr 25

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Heck of a weekend turned in by Rhino teams. 

10u North took home first at the GameDay USA Gold Series Championships. 

13u North was runner-ups at the GameDay USA Gold Series Championships. 

11u were cahmps of the Team Exposure Double Diamonds Invite. 

Couple of other notes:

8u lost in the semifinals to Pro Player by a score of 7-6 at the McHenry tournament making it their first loss on the year (9-1).

Extremely proud of 12u South on their weekend. This is a new team this year that was put together in tryouts. They are on the smaller side but have players who continually want to improve and constantly work their tails off. They went 1-1 in pool play beating the Lincoln-Way Prospects. They then went up against the #1 seed in bracket and won 11-3, eventually losing in the next game. 12u South is a team that understand the process and is buying into it and the results are starting to show. 

Great job by all this weekend!

REPtheRHINO

Jacob Popp Commits to Edgewood College!
Apr 18

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Jacob Popp, a 2017 catcher from Neenah HS, has verbally committed to Edgewood College!

New to the Rhino Wisco program this year, Jacob is a solid defensive catcher with some upside in his left handed swing. 

The Eagles compete at the DIII level in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). 

They are coached by Al Brisack who is in his 18th season as the head coach of the program. Overall Coach Brisack is 345-347 and is 208-121 in conference play. This year the team is currently 16-10 and 6-6 in conference. 

Jacob is a tremendous student boasting a 3.40 GPA and a 28 ACT. On top of the good academics he has exceptional work ethic. 

When Jacob texted Coach Squeeze he said the he "couldn't be more excited". 

Congrats Jacob, very excited for your future. 

13u South with the Runner-Up Finish at USSSA One-Day WS Qualifier!
Apr 18

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13u South brings home its first hardware as a member of the Rhino Baseball. 

The team, which is in it's first year with Rhino Baseball took home a runner-up finish at the USSSA One-Day Eggstravaganza WS Qualifier. 

Fully expect these boys to "show 'em the horn" many more times this year. 

Other notes from the weekend:

- 10u North: Went 2-0 in pool play at the Line Drive Invitational giving up only 4 runs and scoring 36. Bracket play to be played at a later date due to rain/field conditions. 

- 13u North: Went 2-0 in pool play at the Line Drive Invitational scoring 18 runs and only giving up 1. Same as above for bracket.

- 8u: Solid win over Lockport Vipers

Nice weekend boys!

Both 10u Teams Have Impressive Weekends!
Apr 11

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Both 10u North and 10u East had impressive weeekends!

10u East took hom the 'ship at the USSSA Around the Horn tourney in Indianapolis going 5-0 and beating Powerhouse Phoenix in the championship game. 

10u North finished with a runner-up at the USSSA Battle of the Rankings Global NIT. Boys lost a tough 4-3 game in the championship against Pro Player. 

Couple of other notes from the weekend:

- 13u North stepped up an age level and lost in the semifinals of the 14u Team Exposure Pitcher's Paradise tourney. 

- Both 7u teams won against 8u teams in the Sunday League. 7u South threw a 1 hitter in their 9-0 win. 

Great job to all teams!

Dan Pokorski Commits to Carthage College!
Apr 11

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Dan Pokorski, a 2017 UTIL from Lockport Township HS, has verbally committed to Carthage College!

Dan is a big bodied 1B/OF who has untapped potential in his bat. Over the offseason Dan worked hard to improve his game and quietly went about his business. 

While at Carthage, Dan will be coached by Augie Schmidt IV who is in his 30th season as head baseball coach. In those 30 years he is 867-390-5. Coach Schmidt has been named the ABCA/Diamond Sports NCAA Division III Central Regional "Coach of the Year" nine times.  

The Carthage baseball team plays at a beautiful complex named after their head coach. 

Last season the Red Men went 19-22  including 11-10 in conference. This season they are off to a 12-9 start and 5-3 in conference. 

Very excited for Dan and his opportunity to continue his baseball playing days. 

 

Robert Lewis Commits to Cornerstone University!
Apr 04

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Robert Lewis, a 2017 CI/RHP from Aurora Christian HS, has verbally comitted to Cornerstone University!

Long and lengthy, Robert has high upside physically. He can play both corner positons and also has a chance to contribute on the mound. 

Robert's story and journey is one that we are very proud of. Just this year Robert came to the program with no college looks and just coming off of an arm injury. He attended the majority of our weekend classroom sessions where we went through the recruiting process with players. He took it to heart and started to take his future by the horns. 

"I probably wouldn't have emailed anyone without those sessions" Robert said. He goes on by saying, "I wouldn't have committed without the Rhinos..."

At Cornerstone, Robert will be coached by Chuck Lowitzki who is in his first year at the NAIA program. Coach Lowitzki has already turned the program around by nearly matching last years wins total of 19 in the first month of the season. 

The Golden Eagle play at a beautiful facility that resembles many high end Division I programs. The facilities include indoor batting cages, fantastic visual surroundings, brand new locker rooms and coaches offices. 

Very excited for Robert as it is a great fit for him, especially being a Christian centered University. 

Congrats!

Rhino Teams Starting Up the Season!
Apr 04

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The youth Rhino teams in Illinois are beginning to start their playing seasons. 

The boys have gone through intense training since September and are now tranfering that out on the field. 

A big congrats to 10u North, 10u East and 12u North as they all have already taken home hardware early in the season. 

10u North were champs of the Sparta Dome Spring Classic!

10u East were Runner-Ups at the Rosemont Dome Tournament!

12u North took home 1st place at the Prep Baseball Report Early Bird Preseason Classic!

Since the inception of the program in 2013 Rhino teams have brought home 90 Tournament Championships and 74 Runner-Up finishes.

Congrats boys, many more to come!

REPtheRHINO

Jake Hutchinson Verbally Commits to Roosevelt University!
Feb 28

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Jake Hutchinson, a 2017 catcher from Brother Rice, has verbally committed to Roosevelt University!

Built like a rock and also a very good wrestler Jake has the exact mentality behind the dish that any coach would want. He is a hard nosed player and plays the game the right way. 

Jake has the chance to hit it out of the park every time he swings it. As a catcher he is a solid blocker that keeps the run game in check with quick transfers. 

At Roosevelt, Jake will be coached by Steve Marchi. The first ever Head Baseball Coach for the Lakers, Coach Marchi is in his 7th year at the helm. 

Last season Roosevelt went 22-22 overall and 13-16 in the CCAC conference. 

Jake will be joining Rhino alumn Alvin Perez and Jacob Barlev at Roosevelt.

The Lakers play at Standard Bank Stadium which is also home to the Windy City Thunderbolts, a Frontier League team. 

Roosevelt was a top choice to attend for Jake. He plans on going into engineering as a major. 

Very exctied for you Hutch! 

Congrats!