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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!

Mitch Strzelczyk Commits to Robert Morris-Chicago!
Jan 15

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Mitch Strzelczyk, a 2016 2B/OF who attends Lincoln-Way North, has committed to Robert Morris-Chicago!

Mitch is the third Strzelczyk brother to come through the Rhino program and the third to play baseball collegiately. His brother Tyler is committed to Madison College and brother Matt is currently pitching for Blackhawk. 

Last season the Eagles went 16-13. They also practice at the Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport. 

Congrats Mitch, very excited for you and your family!

Tommy Miller Commits to Marian University-Wisconsin!
Jan 13

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Tommy Miller, a 2016 MIF who attends Ottawa Township High School, has committed to Marian University-Wisconsin!

Tommy, a bright student with good actions in the field and some projectabiltiy on him, will be joining Rhino alums Marcus Chapman, Damon Bartos and Tony Anaya at Marian. 

Last season Marian went a very respectable 23-19 and is fortunate enough to practice in the offseason in a newly built 17,000 SF indoor practice facility. 

Tommy will be coached by Jason Bartelt who is going into his 15th season as the head coach of Marian. 

Congrats Tommy! You could hear the excitement in Tommy's voice when he called to let us know and we couldn't be more happy for him. 

Owen Starr Commits to Colorado School of Mines!
Jan 10

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Owen Starr a 2016 RHP, has committed to Colorado School of Mines (DII)!

On the mound, Owen brings a low to mid 80's fastball with a very solid breaking ball. 

Owen will be coached by Jared Goodale who is going into his fifth year as Head Coach of the Orediggers. Coach Goodale was previously an assistant coach at Wichita State University. 

CSM is a highly distinguished engineering school which is just outside of Denver and set within a beautiful view of the mountains. 

We could not be more happy for Owen as this is a great fit both academically and athletically. 

Congrats!

 

Connor Bagnieski Commits to Hillsborough Community College (FL)!
Dec 18

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Connor Bagnieski (aka Bags), a 2016 INF/OF, has committed to Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida!

At only 5'9 and 165lbs, Connor has had to work his tail off to get to where he is as a player. Hitting from the left side Connor brings a scrappy attitude every time he steps on the field. 

Connor will be coached by Michael Wrenn, who has been with the program since 2011. Since he has been there, Coach Wrenn has seen 7 players play professional baseball. 

The team practices and plays at the New York Yankees Community Field, appropriately positioned on Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa. 

Very excited for Connor as he has, for the last few eyar as a Rhino, stated how he would love to go to college and play baseball in Florida. 

Congrats!

Cody Ryan Verbally Commits to Upper Iowa University!
Dec 17

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Cody Ryan, a 3B and RHP for Rhino Wisconsin, has verbally committed to Upper Iowa University!

While at Upper Iowa, Cody will be playing in the NSIC and will be playing against Rhino alumns Brady Stolzman and Tyler Hair who attend Northern State University. 

Cody will be coached by Mark Danker who has been with the program for 25 years. In the last 20 years, there have been 10 players who have continued on and played professional baseball. 

Congrats Cody! Great fit for you!

Andrew Woeslaw Commits to McHenry County College!
Dec 17

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Andrew Woeslaw, a 2016 OF who plays for Rhino Wisconsin, has committed to McHenry County College!

MCC is coming off of an incredibly successful spring season where they had a final record of 44-13 and ranked #16 in the nation for NJCAA DII schools. 

Over the last few years the program has been very successful in seeing their players continue onto DI schools including New Mexico State, Rider, Chicago State, Western Illinois, and Northern Illinois. 

Very excited for Andrew and his family! 

Congrats!

Dan Devine Commits to Dominican University!
Dec 16

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Dan Devine, a 2016 catcher for Joliet Catholic Academy, has committed to Dominican University!

Behind the plate, Dan is a big bodied receiver who is an excellent defensive catcher. Dan has a plus arm who handles his pitching staff very well. 

While at Dominican University, Dan will be coached by Steve Hardman who has been the head coach of the stars since 2011. Over a four year period Coach Hardman has had 34 scholar athletes. 

Dominican has a roster comprised of players across the country including Nevada, Minnesota, California, Colorado and Michigan. 

Congrats to Dan and his family!

Evan Bohman Commits to Concordia University-Nebraska!
Dec 08

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Evan Bohman, a 2016 infielder for Appleton North High School, has committed to Concordia University-Nebraska!

On the field, Evan brings a ton of power to the plate as he was also a football player in high school. However, with his size and strength Evan also brings good feet and hands to the infield. 

Evan will be coached by Ryan Dupic who will be in his second year at the helm for the Bulldogs, an NAIA program. In his first year Coach Dupic took Concordia from a 16-30 overall record to a 26-18 overall record.

As soon as Evan stepped foot on campus he knew that this was the place for him. Could not be more happy for Evan. 

Congrats!

Rhino Baseball's Annual President's Day College Camp
Dec 02

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Rhino Baseball to be Presented with the Pitch & Hit Club Amateur Baseball Service Award!
Nov 30

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Parents, players and those who have supported Rhino Baseball the last few years:

Rhino Baseball has been voted in by the Pitch and Hit Club for the Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award!

This award is presented to an organization or person that shows strong leadership and competitiveness in youth baseball. It is named after Len DiForte, who has devoted a large part of his life to coaching, managing and promoting Amateur Baseball including being a State Director of CABA, North Zone Director of PONY baseball and still an active member with the American Baseball Coaches Association. 

The mission of the Pitch and Hit Club is to be a preeminent baseball organization by recognizing  and honoring the achievements of those in the baseball community. It was formed in 1942 by a group of Major League players and scouts and continues to grow substantially each year. 

Other awards include Sportswriter of the Year, Chicago Area MLB Player of the Year, MLB Manager of the Year, Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year, Scout of the Year and Courage Award among many others. 

Some previous year recipients and honorees include legends and well known names such as Tony LaRussa, Goose Gossage, Mike Rizzo, Curtis Granderson, Pat Disabato, Neal Cotts, Andre Dawson and Jim Hall just to name a few. 

Rhino Baseball and its trainers and coaches have devoted the last few years to build an organization that encompasses everything a player could want or need in their travel baseball program. 

Players receive full year training during the fall, winter and summer months including an arm care and strengthening program, opportunities to come to four practices a week, professional hitting and pitching coaches, speed, strength and agility training, college recruiting services, private indoor facility with year round access, defensive breakouts, mental training, and performance testing. 

One thing, along with the amount of training that players receive, that sets Rhino Baseball apart from other organizations is the personable management and staff that are always available to their players. These integral people of the program work every day to make it a place that not only focuses on improving players in terms of baseball but also making them good young men. This, in addition to the over 100 tournament championships appearances and nearly 50 players going onto play baseball collegiately, is what has made Rhino Baseball one of the, if not the best, travel program in the area. 

We could not thank enough the wonderful families, players and those who have been a large part of the growth of this program for their support. This award is as much your as it is Greg, Andrew, or Brian’s. 

Thank you!