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Ike Speiser Verbally Commits to Kankakee Community College!
Apr 26

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Ike Speiser, a 2016 catcher, has verbally committed to Kankakee Community College!

Currently at Bradley Bourbonnais HS, Ike has caught for the past two seasons for varsity. He is a player that with some added strength and physical maturity will be a nice addition to a college program. 

Ike will be joining fellow Rhino and BBCHS teammatte Colin BeDell while at KCC. 

KCC is getting a great young man in Ike. Congrats Ike!

Rhino Youth Teams Have a Monster Weekend!
Apr 25

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Rhino youth teams have a monster weekend and bring home a trophy in 7 tournaments. 

11u North:Runner Up Will County Elite Tourney

11u East: Champs BOMC Tourney

12u North: Champs GameDay Battle for the Crown

13u North Wisco: Runner up Woodside Tourney

13u North: Champs Will County Elite Tourney

14u North: Champs Will County Elite Tourney

14u South: Runner up GameDay USA Deep Dish Classic

Great weekend for our youth teams and the successes that our teams have had at the youth and high school programs continues to impress:

  • On the weekend that was 4 championships and 2 runner up finishes. 
  • On the year that is 13 'ships and 6 runner up finishes.
  • Since 2013 that is 67 'ships and 55 runner ups for a total of 122 tournament championship appearences!

Colin Weilbacher Verbally Commits to North Central College!
Apr 10

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Colin Weilbacher, a 2016 OF, has verbally comitted to North Central College!

On the field Colin brings a lot of tools including an 89mph arm from the outfield and sub 7.0 speed. 

Colin had some options including the JUCO route, but in the end decided North Central was for him by saying "...a fit for me" and "I love it there!"

At North Central, Colin will be coached by Ed Mathey. Coach Mathey returned to NC after coaching Northern Illinois for 12 seasons.

Colin will be joining Rhino alums Rusty Hoh and Anthony Serafini and a team that began the season on an 11 game winning streak and is currently sitting at 15-4. 

Congrats Colin, very excited for you!

Alex Gerhardt Verbally Commits to Trinity Christian College!
Apr 10

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Alex Gerhardt, a 2016 INF/RHP from Rhino Wisconsin, has verbally committed to Trinity Christian College!

In 2015 Alex was named a Unanimous 1st Team All-conference infielder at Fox Valley Lutheran and also received the BMO Harris Scholarship at the Red Smith Banquet!

The banquet is a local nonprofit organization benefitting youth sports in the Fox Valley area. The award is based on Academic, Athletic and Community Service.

Next year as a Troll, Alex will be coached by Jusstin Hulsman who is in his fifth year as head coach and has turned the program around. Last year Coach Hulsman and his team set a shool record for wins by going going 28-29 and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. This year TCC is currently sitting at 27-11. 

Congrats Alex! TCC is getting a great ballplayer and even better person. 

Jeff Zack Verbally Commits to Tulane University!
Apr 07

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Jeff Zack, a 2017 RHP, has verbally committed to Tulane University!

At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Jeff has been as high as 91mph off of the mound and possesses a hard biting curveball. 

Jeff had multiple DI offers but in the end felt Tulane was the right for him both in baseball and for life after baseball. One of Jeff's dreams was to be near an ocean while attending college. 

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Tulane is currently ranked 27th in the country at 19-9 and competes in the American Athletic Conference which finished 3rd in the country in RPI last season.

Jeff will be coached by David Pierce who led Tulane to an NCAA Regional in his first year at the helm. Coach Pierce has coached for the likes of Houston, Rice and Sam Houston State and was tabbed as "Regional Coach of the Year" in 2012 by the ABCA and twice listed by PerfectGame.org as one of the 10 rising stars in the NCAAA DIvision I college baseball coaching ranks. 

Jeff will be playing at Turchin Stadium which is one of the nicest facilties in all of college baseball. 

Very excited for Jeff and his future. Congrats!

13u North in First Tourney of the Year Takes Home 'Ship!
Apr 04

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13u North, in it's first tournament of the year, took home the 'ship at the GameDay USA Pre-Season Championships!

Kenny Schuyler pitched great on the bump while Cain Headrick came through with a couple of 2 strike, 2 out, RBI doubles. 

That brings the organization total to 58 championships while appearing in 109 total in just over 4 years. 

Great start to the year gentleman and looking forward to seeing many more this year. 

REPtheRHINO

 

Pat McGowan Commits to Kalamazoo Valley CC!
Apr 03

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Pat McGowan, a 2016 INF/OF, has commited to Kalamazoo Valley Community College!

At 6'3" and 175lbs, Pat has a projectable frame along with a 90mph arm from the outfield, mid 80's exit velo, and around 7.00 second 60 time. 

In 2015, KVCC went 24-19-1 and just missing out on a regional because of a tiebreaker by going 15-11 in conference. Pat will be coached by Cody Piechocki who also has Rhino alumn Scott Alroth and will be coaching current Rhino player Jimmy Cook next year as well. 

Very good fit for Pat as he has all the tools to become a very good player and KVCC will be a place to continue to develop those tools. 

Congrats Pat!

 

Rawlings-PG 2016 Preseason All-American Teams Selected
Mar 25

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Rawlings and Perfect Game have selected their 2016 Preseason All-American teams. 

Brad Littleton was selected to the Honorable Mention Team. Brad will be attending Indiana University next year. 

The following Rhino and previous Rhino players were selected to the All Region Honorable Mention Team:

  • Matt Bottcher (UIC)
  • Dan Devine (Dominican)
  • Brent Headrick (Illinois State)
  • Brad Littleton (Indiana)
  • George Manikas (Lewis)
  • Owen Starr (Colorado School of Mines
  • Mike Stevens (Blackhawk)
  • Austin Tittle (Lewis)
  • Jordan Walden (Eastern Illinois)
  • Jack Wolfe (Rend Lake)
  • Alex Herbst (Trinity)
  • Vinny Baez

Congrats to all!

Rawlings-PG 2016 Preseason Underclass All-American Teams Selected
Mar 25

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Rawlings and Perfect Game came out with their selections for their 2016 Preseason Underclass All-American teams. 

Congrats to the following Rhino players on being selected for the Honorable Mention team:

Mike Edwards ('17 RHP)

Wyell Woods ('17 OF)

Christian Beal ('17 MIF/OF)

Jeff Zack ('17 RHP)

Congrats to these young men as it is a great honor!

Cody Goggins Verbally Commits to Austin College (TX)!
Mar 24

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Cody Goggins, a 2016 catcher, has verbally committed to Austin College (TX)!

A left handed hitting catcher, Cody attended St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy and is a player in our Wisconsin program. 

Cody, on Prep Baseball Report, was ranked 114th overall in his class and 12th for his position. 

Located in Sherman, Texas, Austin College is a DIII  program and currently is 9-11 on the season. 

Congrats Cody!

 

11u North Takes Runner-up at First Tourney of the Year!
Mar 23

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11u North played in its first tournament of the year and walked out with a runner-up finish!

The tournament was played at the Rosemont Dome and was stacked top to bottom with some of the best teams in the area. 

Won vs. Sycamore Titans

Won vs Oz Park Tornadoes

Won vs Midwest Select

Win vs Illinois Sparks

Lost vs Top Tier

Great start to what should be a very fun and successful season for these boys. 

Congrats!

Billy Sawallisch Commits to MacMurray College!
Mar 21

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Billy Sawallisch, a 2016 INF/RHP, has verbally committed to MacMurray College!

At Crete-Monee, Billy hit .398 as a junior with 27 RBI's while also throwing 24.2 and striking out 30. 

After taking spending some time at MacMurray, Billy really liked the direction the program was going and the connection he had with the coaches. 

MacMurray won its most games in any year since 1999 and has started this year playing .500 ball. 

Very excited for Billy and his family. MacMurray is getting a genuinely nice young man. 

Congrats Billy!

Colin BeDell Commits to Kankakee Community College!
Mar 16

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Colin BeDell, a 2016 MIF/C, has verbally committed to Kankakee Community College!

At Bradley Bourbonnais, Colin is a stand out three sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. 

As a junior Colin was selected to the Southwest Suburban All-Conference Team and was named Honorable Mention All-Area by the Kankakee Daily Journal. 

While at KCC, Colin will be coached by Todd Post who does a tremendous job of developing and helping players move into 4 year schools including Illinois, Holy Cross, Illinois State and Western Illinois over the last few years. 

Great fit for Colin and we could not be more excited for him. 

Mike Gross Commits to Viterbo University!
Mar 10

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Mike Gross, a 2016 1B/RHP from Hortonville High School, has committed to Viterbo University!

Coach Squeeze from Rhino Wisconsin said, "that kid is the example of hard work and determination" while Coach Mallard wrote to Mike; "You always work hard and are a pleasure to coach. Good things always happen to good people."

Mike will be coached at the NAIA school by Ted Falkner who took the reigns of the program in 2014. Besides coaching in the NAIA for the better part of 10 years, Coach Falkner also was the hitting coach for the La Crosse Loggers who are a part of the Northweoods League (College Summer League). 

Ask anyone that has spent time with Mike and they will tell you what a great young man he is. 

"Great kid. He deserve it." - Coach Patrick

Congrats!

Mike Stevens Commits to Black Hawk College!
Feb 03

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Mike Stevens, a 2016 RHP from Lockport Township High School, has committed to Black Hawk College!

Standing at 6'6" Mike is an extremely projectable pitchers who has been up to 87mph. Mike had strong interest from multiple DI programs but in the end decided it was the best route to go the junior college route first to continue to develop. 

Last year Blackhawk (NJCAA DII) finished the year by going 35-24 and won their conference title for the 7th straight year. They also saw 7 of their players continue onto DI schools. 

Mike will be joining fellow Lockport and Rhino teammate, Joe McGuire, at Blackhawk. 

Big future in this kid with continued development. Very excited for you Mikey! Congrats!