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Another Successful Weekend from Our Youth Teams!
May 16

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The youth Rhino teams had another very successful weekenend and the results just don't show in the trophies. 

11u North: Champions of BOMC Midwest Challenge

10u Wisco: Runner-up of GameDay USA Rockford Turf War

13u North Wisco: Runner-up of Crystal Lake Summer invitational

11u East: Champions of the St. Charles Play the Turf

On top of those finshes, 12u North went 3-0 this weekend but because of the weather pushng things back the champiosnhip game was not able to be played. 

Also, 9u North stepped up and played in a 10u tournament and took the #1 seed going into bracket and eventually lost in the semifinals. 

Solid weekend by all!

 

Stephen Hill Commits to South Suburban College!
May 16

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Stephen Hill, a 2016 corner infielder who attends Lockport Township High School, has verbally committed to South Suburban College!

In high school, Steven plays 1B and is a middle of the order type bat who has the ability to put the ball over the fence. He is also a quiet leader. 

Stephen will be coached by Steve Ruzich while at SSC. The Bulldogs have been 11 time Division I NJCAA Region IV Champs since 2002. 

Coach Ruzich does a great job of getting his players to 4 year schools including University of Illinois, SIUE, NIU and EIU over the last couple of years. 

Stephen had a few options on the table, including a community college in California but decided in the end that SSC was the right fit for him. 

Congrats Stephen!

11u North with 4th Championship Appearance in as Many Tournaments
May 09

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11u North was in it's 4th championship this Mother's Day weekend in as many tournaments. 

The boys were able to take home a second place finish at the USSSA Reverse the Curse NIT. 

The boys split games with Top Tier but unfortunately the loss was in the championship game. 

Getting to championship games is not easy and these boys have done it the past four weekends which is an incredible run. 

Congrats boys and keep the run going. 

14u North Wins PBR Rumble at the Eastside!
May 04

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14u North has played in 3 tournaments this spring season and have won 3 championships. 

This time the boys took home the Prep Baseball Report Rumble at the Eastside. 

Going 2-0 in pool play they eventually faced ESP White in the semis beating them 12-0 and then faced a very tough ESP Select Red team in the championship game. 

That game, due to weather on Sunday, got pushed back until Tuesday. Regardless of the day Ben Hernandez came to play as he struck out 12 and hit a bomb in the final game. 

Congrat boys and keep it rolling. 

9u East Adds Another PBR Trophy to Collection!
May 02

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Congratulations to 9u East as they added another trophy to their collection by taking 2nd place at the PBR Rumble at the Eastside tournament. 

The boys went 2-1 in pool beating Top Tier and Oswego Panthers while losing to the CDBL Rockets. 

It was the same very good CDBL team that beat them in pool that ultmately beat them in the championship game as well. 

This is the second runner-up finish for these boys so far early in the season. They also took 2nd at the PBR Junior Future Selection. 

Great weekend boys and way to battle through the weather. 

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!