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Joe McGuire Commits to Black Hawk College!
Nov 17

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Joe McGuire, a 2016 catcher from Lockport Township High School, has committed to Black Hawk College!

Behind the plate, Joe is an all around good catcher who can swing the bat. 

Last year, Black Hawk (NJCAA DII) fnished the year by going 35-24 and won their conference title for the 7th straight year.

Also in 2015, Black Hawk sent 12 players to a four year school, including 7 to Division I schools. 

We are very excited for Joe and to see his continued development at Black Hawk College. 

Congrats!

George Manikas Commits to Lewis University!
Nov 17

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George Manikas, a 2016 RHP for Joliet Catholic Academy, has committed to Lewis University!

George came to Rhino Baseball from Elite Baseball Training and saw his velocity increase to 87mph during the fall from the low to mid 80's. 

On the mound, George brings a bulldog mentality along with a plus slider for his age. 

George will be joining fellow Rhino teammate, Austin Tittle, at Lewis who committed a few weeks earlier. 

With his committment George becomes the 45th Rhino to go on and play college baseball. Lewis is getting a great young man that everyone loves to be around. 

Congrats!

Rhino Players Come in for NLI Signing!
Nov 13

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The 2016 class, and their families, came into the faciltiy for their NLI signing and we couldn't be more proud of each young man. 

Many dont see the amount of work that these players put in and the amount of stress the go through decided where they will be spending the next few years of their lives. It is a joy to see them come in with smiles on their faces as they have achieved their goals of continuing on and playing college baseball. 

Brad Littleton - Indiana University

Brent Headrick - Illinois State University

Jordan Walden - Eastern Illinois University

Matt Bottcher - University of Illinois - Chicago

Drew DeMumbrum - Oakland University

Austin Tittle (not pitcured) - Lewis University

Tyler Strzelczyk (not pictured) - Madison College

Masnon Memenga (not pictured) - University of Indianapolis

Anthony Cocco - Kaskaskia College

Jimmy Cook - Kalamazoo Valley CC

Jacob Geiger - Illinois Institute of Technology

Jake Ryder - Pomona - Pitzer College

Alex Herbst - Trinity College

Congrats to all and we are proud of each one of you. REPtheRHINO

Anthony Cocco Commits to Kaskaskia College!
Nov 11

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Anthony Cocco, a 2016 2B for Lockport Township High School, has committed to Kaskaskia College!

Anthony has been with the program since day 1 and has been one of the hardest workers and most well respected players in the program. 

Kaskaskia is a NJCAA Division I level program that went 33-14 last year. This past year Kaskaskia sent off 5 players to 4 year schools including Valparaiso and Miami-Ohio and in 2015 they sent 6 including University of Arkansas. 

They have also had success having players drafted have had 8 players selected in the MLB Draft since 2010. 

Very excited for Anthony as he will get a great opportunity to showcase his talents while at Kaskaskia. 

He becomes the 44th Rhino player to go on and play college baseball. Congrats Anthony!

Jimmy Cook Commits to Kalamazoo Valley CC!
Nov 10

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Jimmy Cook, a 2016 outfielder for Lincoln-Way North, has committed to Kalamazoo Valley CC!

Over the years Jimmy has put in a tremendous amount of work to become the best baseball player he can be. That hard work has paid off for Jimmy. 

While at Kalamazoo, Jimmy will become teammates once again with Lincoln-Way North and Rhino alum, Scott Alroth. 

Jimmy will be coached by Cody Piechocki who is in his third year at the school. 

Jimmy's committment make him the 43rd Rhino to go on and play college baseball. 

Congrats Jimmy! Incredibly proud of you. 

Tyler Strzelczyk Commits to Madison College!
Nov 10

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Tyler Strzelczyk, a 2016 grad from Lincoln-Way North High School, has committed to Madison College!

On the field, Ty can play 1B, 3B, and pitch where he stands at 6'4" and 170lbs. Tyler is very athletic for his size and has the room to add weight and strength in college. 

At Madison College, a NJCAA Division II program, Tyler will be coached by Mike Davenport. Coach Davenport is in his 11th season at the helm where his team went 42-12 last season and advanced to it's sixth straight NJCAA Division II College World Series. 

Last season, Madison College saw 11 players go onto four year schools including Indiana University, University of Washington, Kent State and UIC. 

Tyler will be joining his brother Matt, also a Rhino alumn, in going the junior college route to continue on his baseball and academic career. 

With his committment, Ty becomes the 42nd Rhino player to  go on and play college baseball. 

Congrats Tyler!

Jacob Geiger Commits to Illinois Institute of Technology!
Nov 06

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Jacob Geiger, a 2016 grad from Plainfield East High School, has committed to Illinois Institute of Technology!

Jacob is a strike thrower who by no means will blow it by you but utilizes a fast delivery and location to consistantly get outs. 

At IIT, Jacob will be coached by Ed Zeifert. Coach Zeifert will be in his first year at IIT and was previously a top assistant at Benedictine University. 

In 2015, IIT went 24-11 and finished as the USCAA National Championship Runner-Up. 

Jacob's committment makes him the 41st Rhino to continue onto play baseball in college. 

Congrats Jacob!

Rhino Players Seeing Increases in Velocity Through Fall Training
Nov 02

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Rhino players, who have now become accustomed to year round training with their program, have been putting in work since August. 

The players receive two arm care/strengthening sessions, two defensive/hitting sessions, four speed strength and agility sessions and one long toss session a week!

During the arm care and strengthening sessions players go through Cross Over Symmetry which is band work to help strengthen their shoulder as well as doing DriveLine, a weighted ball throwing program. 

Players will have gone through four testing phases throughout the process with the first being the baseline test. 

Below are some results:

Matt Bottcher (18u) 93mph, 94mph, 96mph

Jeff Zack (17u) 90mph, 92mph, 94mph, 95mph

Mike Edwards (17u) 86mph, 91mph, 90mph

Sean Robinson (17u) 78mph, 85mph, 87mph

Matt Sontag (18u) 77mph, 81mph, 86mph

Eddie Wilkins (17u) 78mph, 83mph, 84mph

Dylan Szajkovics (15u) 77mph, 83mph, 83mph

Michael Freitas (13u) 75mph to 76mph

Ben LaPiana (13u) 57mph, 62mph, 63mph

Jaxon Boryca (11u) 50mh, 52mp, 54mph

Very impressed with the amount of work our players have put in and glad to see the hard work is paying off for them!

Rhino Fall Teams Finish Off Successful Season
Nov 02

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Some of our ages competed in fall ball this past few months and came out of it very successful. 

The Rhino 14u Fall team took home the championship at the Troy Titan Wood Bat tournament and the Yorkville tournament while taking 2nd place at the Rock Complex Fall Championship. 

Not to be outdone by their older teammates, the 9u fall team won the Benedictine Under the Lights Fall league. 

At the high school levels we had two 17u/18u fall teams which were playing to receive as much college exposure as possible. The South team ended a very successful fall season by going 8-5. The North team finished its season at the Perfect Game Kernels Foundation Championship, which is one of the most heavily recruited events in the Midwest, with a 2-2 record. 

The 15u/16u team played up a grade or two in a majority of the tournament they played in and had a strong fall season, including going 3-1 in the Wisconsin Baseball Report Fall Classic.

Congrats to all! 

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Austin Tittle Commits to Lewis University!
Oct 06

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Austin Tittle, a 2016 grad from Lemont High School, has committed to Lewis University!

A big bodied third baseman and right handed pitcher, Austin brings a big bat and a lot of big game experience with him to Lewis. As a Sophomore, Austin helped Lemont win the state championship. 

Austin will be coached By Tim McDonough who is going into his ninth season as head coach at Lewis. Lewis has been to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament five of the past six years. 

Notable baseball alumi include Paul Stevens (Northwestern head coach for 28 years), Ernie Young (MLB and Olympic Gold Medal Winner), J.J. Furmaniak (MLB) and Rick Huisman (MLB). 

Austin's committment makes him the 40th Rhino to go on and play college baseball. 

Congrats Austin!

Drew Demumbrum Commits to Oakland University!
Aug 21

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Drew Demumbrum, a 2016 grad from Plainfield East High School, has committed to Oakland University!

A highly athletic player, Drew had interest from numerous schools and made the decision to continue his academic and athletic career at Division I Oakland University. 

Oakland competes in the Horizon League with the likes of UIC, Wright State, Valparaiso, Milwaukee, and Youngstown State. They also do not shy away from out of conference play as last year they started their season against Florida State, USC, and Arizona. 

Drew will be coached by John Musachio who finished his eighth season as head coach at Oakland University.

In 2014 Coach Musachio saw two of his players taken in the MLB draft. 

Drews committment makes him the 39th Rhino to go on and play college baseball and the 4th Division I player from our 17u North team last season. 

Oakland is getting one heck of a young man. Congrats Drew! 

REPtheRHINO

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Gavin Lovesky Selected for the Great Lakes Regional Team for Team USA!
Aug 14

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Gavin Lovesky, an unsigned 2017 3B and SS, has been selected to play on the Great Lakes Regional Team for Team USA.

Gavin, on our 17u North team and on Lockport Township HS, will head down to North Carolina with the team. 

Gavin recently posted a 94mph exit velocity and threw 87 mph across the infield. 

Great accomplishment kid! Keep working hard, bright future ahead of you. 

Read more: Gavin Lovesky Selected for the Great Lakes Regional Team for Team USA!

Mason Memenga Commits to University of Indianapolis!
Aug 03

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Mason Memenga, a 2016 grad from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School has committed to the University of Indianapolis!

Playing on ur 17u South team last year, Mason is a 6'4" 200+ pound left handed pitcher and first baseman. 

With his committment, Mason becomes the third player from BBCHS that has committed from the Rhino program including Cameron Powerll (University of North Dakota) and Matt Littrell (Kankakee Community College). 

Mason will be coached by Gary Vaught who will be going into his 22nd season as head coach of the DII Greyhounds. Coach Vaught has a 678-447-2 record and has seen a number of his players play professionally. He saw his team reach his ninth NCAA tournament birth last season and 14th in program history

Mason's committment makes him the 38th Rhino to play baseball collegiately. 

Congrats Mason! REPtheRHINO

10u North takes 3rd place at Omaha Slumpbuster!
Jun 22

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10u North finished off a great College World Series weekend with a 3rd place finish at the Omaha Slumpbuster. 

Lost 10-2 vs THZ Baseball (TX)

Won 13-7 vs Yellowjackets (NE)

Quarters win 8-3 vs THZ Baseball (TX)

Semis lost 13-3 vs 3D Gold Baseball (IA)

Over the weekend the players stayed in the same hotel as Vanderbilt and were able to hang out with and get autographs from players like Dansby Swanson who was the 1st overall pick in this years MLB draft. 

Solid weekend boys! REPtheRHINO

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13u North Wisco take 2nd at The Rock Complex!
Jun 22

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13u North Wisco added another runner-up finish to their season with their championship appearence at The Rock Complex. 

Won 11-0 vs. Libertyville Black

Won 13-2 vs. Glenview Blaze

Won 12-2 vs. Burlington Jr. Demons

Lost 7-2 vs Appleton Panthers

Tyler Jones and Logan Grossman combined for a no hitter in the win vs Libertyville Black. Tyler Jones and Matt Holland then combined for a no hitter vs Glenview Blaze. 

Great run boys! REPtheRHINO

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