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More on Steve Schmitt & Co.’s Growing Summer Collegiate Empire

BTB LogoWe’ve already mentioned Steve Schmitt and his Big Top Baseball’s growing summer collegiate empire, but you might want to check out three recent and informative articles about the group, as the first-year Kenosha Kingfish and newly acquired Green Bay Bullfrogs — both of the summer collegiate Northwoods League — kick off the 2014 season.  Read here, here, and hereView Simmons Field renovation gallery here.

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Rafters to Add Unique Interactive, Accessible Seating Area to Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced today plans to build an Interactive Accessible Seating Area at Witter Field, which will be ready for the 2014 season. The addition of this new venue is being made possible by the Northwoods League Foundation, which will provide funding for the project. Continue reading

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Rafters Hire New Broadcaster

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have announced the hiring of their new radio voice, Jonas Nordman. Last summer, Nordman spent his time as the voice of the Northwest Indiana Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League where he broadcasted all of their regular season and postseason games. Nordman also handled all of the Oilmen’s social media and video Continue reading

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Rafters Announce Addition and Promotion to Front Office Staff

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters announced today that Darren Besch has joined the front office as the team’s Director of Outside Ticket Sales. The team also announced that Jake Serwe, who has been with the team since 2012, has been named Inside Sales and Operations Manager. Continue reading

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Schmitt and Co. Expand Summer Collegiate Empire, Take Over Green Bay Bullfrogs

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, Jr. announced that ownership of the Green Bay Bullfrogs has been transferred from the Northwoods League to Green Bay Baseball LLC. The new ownership group consists of seasoned Northwoods League operators including lead owner Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman, Conor Caloia and Liz Kern. The group has been involved as owners or operators in Continue reading

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Rafters Announce Front Office Promotions

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – With the fourth season of Rafters baseball in the books the team has announced changes in the front office.  Liz Kern, who has served as the General Manger each of the Rafters first four seasons, has been named Vice President of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and John Fanta, who has been Kern’s Assistant General Manager since the team’s inception, has been named Continue reading

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McGhee Named General Manager of New NWL Franchise in Kenosha

Kenosha Baseball LogoPRESS RELEASE – The owners of the Northwoods League’s newest franchise, Kenosha Baseball, announced that Jake McGhee has been named the club’s first General Manager. McGhee will start immediately at the office at historic Simmons Field in Kenosha. Continue reading

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Rapids Unveil Element Mobile ‘Rat Trap’ Fan Deck

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoThe summer collegiate Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ (Northwoods League) new fan deck is open for business. Partnering with Element Mobile, the “Rat Trap” as the deck is called, was built using re-purposed steel from an old building.  Read more here.

The new Element Mobile "Rat Trap" fan deck - Element Mobile Facebook Page

The new Element Mobile “Rat Trap” fan deck – Element Mobile Facebook Page

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Rafters Unveil Bobbleheads for 2013 Season, One to Honor 100,000th Fan

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have announced the 2013 season will be highlighted with three bobblehead nights; two Rosco P. Rafter bobbleheads and one commemorating the 100,000th fan who entered through the Witter Field gates to enjoy Rafters Baseball. Continue reading

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Kenosha Baseball Announces Finalists for Name the Team Contest

Kenosha Baseball LogoPRESS RELEASE – Thursday afternoon at the Rotary Club of Kenosha West, the Northwoods League’s Kenosha Baseball announced the Name Your Team Contest finalists. For the past two months area residents have been encouraged to submit their idea for the name of Kenosha’s newest team at www.kenoshanews.com. More than 750 ideas for names of the team were submitted. Continue reading

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Rafters Unveil Plans for New Elevated Deck

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Rafters have partnered with Element Mobile to unveil plans for a new deck at historic Witter Field in 2013.  The new deck area will be a steel structure, lofted approximately ten feet above ground level. It will serve as a group hospitality area during Rafters games while also providing cover for the current third base courtyard.  This will provide another great Continue reading

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Rafters Add Serwe to Front Office

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters announced today that Jake Serwe has joined the front office as the team’s Ticket Sales and Box Office Manager. In his new role, Serwe will work with non-profit groups to create fundraising and group outing opportunities and manage the Rafters’ box office on game days. Continue reading

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Rafters Hire New Radio Voice for 2013 Season

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League are pleased to announce the recent addition of Aaron Berlin as the new radio voice of the team for the 2013 season.  He will take the place of Nathan Barnett, who was the broadcast voice for the Rafters last summer. Continue reading

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Lease Deal Approved for New Kenosha Franchise

The Kenosha (WI) Board of Park Commissioners voted 4-1 this week to approve a deal with the owners of the Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters to lease a renovated Simmons Field for a new summer collegiate Northwoods franchise starting in 2014.  A final decision will be made during the Common Council meeting next week.  Read more here.

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Mallards Ownership Targets Kenosha Market, Simmons Field Could Get Upgrades

After capturing the Madison and Wisconsin Rapids (WI) markets, the amazing crew from the summer collegiate Madison Mallards/ Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League) are targeting Kenosha (WI) for expansion and proposing Continue reading

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Hawaiian Rosco Bobblehead Highlights Hawaiian Night

PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Element Mobile have teamed up to bring you Hawaiian Night at Witter Field on June 9th as the Rafters take on the Lakeshore Chinooks at 6:05 p.m.  Gates will open at 5:05 p.m. for the Saturday evening game.  As part of the Hawaiian Night festivities the Rafters and Element Mobile have partnered to bring you a special Rosco P. Rafter Element Continue reading

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Kohls Joins Rafters Front Office

PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters announced today that Kyle Kohls has joined the front office as the team’s Director of Group Sales and Marketing.  In his new role, Kohls will work with non-profit groups to create fundraising and group outing opportunities, oversee the Rafters reading program, as well as manage the ballpark entertainment on game days. Continue reading

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Garden Gnome Highlights McCain Foods Night Tonight

PRESS RELEASE – Come join members from McCain Foods for a great Saturday evening game as the Rafters take on the Wisconsin Woodchucks at 6:05 p.m. Also on this night, the first fans through the gates at 5:05 pm will receive a Rafters Garden Gnome courtesy of Schoep’s Ice Cream. Continue reading

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Christmas in July at Witter Field Tonight

PRESS RELEASE – Don’t want to wait until December for a little holiday cheer? Well you’re in luck! Join us at the ballpark tonight for Element Mobile Christmas in July. Wear your favorite holiday gear, participate in holiday themed on-field promotions, and hear some of your favorite holiday tunes. Continue reading

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Seating Added for 2011 Marshfield Clinic NWL All-Star Game Tonight

PRESS RELEASE – With a record crowd expected at Historic Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids this Monday, July 18th for the 2011 Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game, the Rafters have taken extra steps to ensure a great time had by all. Continue reading

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Rafters to Wear Vintage Twins Jerseys Monday Night, Auction Now Underway

PRESS RELEASE – Fans, here’s your chance to win a game-worn “Turn Back the Clock Night” Rapids Twins Jersey! Starting today, you can submit an online bid (starting at $50) for as many uniforms as you’d like, that will carry over into Monday’s game on July 11th during which fans will have the chance to match & continue to bid in-person. The auction will end with the last out in the Continue reading

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Rapids to Add Closed Circuit TVs

The summer collegiate Northwoods League’s Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have partnered with Charter Communications to bring closed circut television to the Witter Field for the 2011 season and beyond.  Three to four TVs will be installed around the stadium by the beer and concessions stands that will play a live feed of the game, just like in the pros!

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Rafters Announce Summertime St. Patty’s Day, Bacon Appreciation, Skydiving Bobblehead

PRESS RELEASE – Wisconsin Rapids, WI – April 28, 2011. The Rafters are pleased to announce three more promotional nights for the 2011 season. You won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. Continue reading

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Rapids Raising the Bar for Season Two

The summer collegiate Northwoods League’s Wisconsin Rapids Rafters had a successful inaugural season averaging 1,368 fans per game at Witter Field.  With more seats added to the grandstand, a new premium seating area, an expanded food menu with more specials, and new promotions, the Rapids are raring to grow.  Read more here.

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Rafters Announce Pet Collar, Mini Bat, Ice Cream Bowl Giveaways

PRESS RELEASE – The Rafters are pleased to announce three new promotional giveaways and a new theme night for the 2011 season. Join the Rafters at Witter Field on Sunday, July 3, as they take on the Eau Claire Express. The first fans through the gates at 5:05 p.m. that night will receive a free pet collar, courtesy of Quality Feed and Seed in Wisconsin Rapids. Make sure you stick around after Continue reading

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Rafters Add New Premium Seating Area

PRESS RELEASE – The Rafters and Element Mobile have partnered together to unveil the NEW “Element Mobile Home Plate Club” at Historic Witter Field in 2011.  The new area will be located right behind home plate, approximately 18 inches above ground level.  The deck area will include 40 new seats and table tops to enjoy the game.  The Home Plate Club will include all-you-can-eat- Continue reading

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Rafters, Express to Play Exhibition Game in Marshfield

PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Eau Claire Express will provide fans an early taste of Northwoods League baseball as they are scheduled to compete in a May 31st exhibition game at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield.  The gates to the 7 inning, pre-season contest will open at 6:35 pm with the first pitch slated for 7:35 pm. Continue reading

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Rafters, Napa Auto Parts Reach Partnership Deal

PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are pleased to announce a new Founding Partner for 2011 and beyond.  The team has reached an agreement with NAPA Auto Parts, who will present some new opportunities at Witter Field during the upcoming season and for years to come. Continue reading

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Rafters Announce Revamped Family Area

PRESS RELEASE – The Rafters and Riverview Family Clinic have partnered together to unveil the “Riverview Family Clinic Family Area” at Witter Field in 2011.  The new area will be located down the first baseline and will be a great place for kids to get out and play while parents enjoy a Rafters game.  The area will be revamped to include all new inflatable games as well as other unique experiences Continue reading

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Northwoods League All-Star Game Logo Quietly Revealed

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As you recall, it was announced just before Thanksgiving that the sophomore Wisconsin Rapids Rafters would host the 2011 Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 18 at historic Witter Field, but no logo was released.  With little fanfare, the logo has made an appearance on the Rafters’ website.  It is refreshingly top-shelf professional, particularly for the summer Continue reading

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Rafters to Host 2011 NWL All-Star Game, ‘Ghost Players’ to Appear

PRESS RELEASE – The top college baseball talent in the country will grace the confines of Historic Witter Field on July 17th and 18th next summer. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, in conjunction with the Northwoods League, announced today that League’s 2011 All-Star Game will be held in Wisconsin Rapids. Marshfield Clinic will sponsor the event, which marks the second year in a row that Continue reading

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Rafters GM Kern Named Executive of the Year

PRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced that Liz Kern, General Manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, has been named the 2010 Executive of the Year. The award, which was decided by a vote of team officials at the League’s fall meetings last week in Waterloo, IA, is given annually to the League’s outstanding executive. Continue reading

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St. Patty’s Day in June

PRESS RELEASE – Irish names, green beer, green uniforms, and Rafters baseball! Sound like the perfect mix to help celebrate St. Patty’s day on a warm summer night! Continue reading

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Rafters Debut in Front of 2,065

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, one of two new franchises in the summer collegiate Northwoods League, made their home debut on Sunday in front of 2,065 fans at Witter Field.  The Rafters lost to the Eau Claire Express 7-0, but the standing room only crowd didn’t seem to mind.  The home opener included fireworks and an appearance by David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr., the human cannonball.  Read more here.

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Rafters Hang Rafters for New Rafthouse Team Shop

PRESS RELEASE - The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are excited to announce today’s addition of the rafters to the Rafthouse Team Shop. At noon today, the rafters will be lifted into position as Complete Sustainability continues to make progress on the team’s merchandise shop. The public is encouraged to stop by to watch the completion of the Rafthouse, located along the third base side of Witter Field. Continue reading

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Rafters Release 2010 Promotional Schedule

PRESS RELEASE - The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have announced the team’s Inaugural Season Promotional Schedule.  It includes a number of great giveaways and promotions, including Whiplash, a hilarious dog-riding monkey routine as seen on Taco John’s commercials, presented by The Payroll Company, Moe Hill Night, and five fireworks shows. Continue reading

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Rafters to Partner with WFHR 1320 Radio Station

PRESS RELEASE - The Rafters and Wisconsin Rapids radio station WFHR (1320 AM) will partner to broadcast the Rafters Inaugural 2010 season. WFHR will provide live broadcasts of all 70 Rafters games at home and on the road this season. Continue reading

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Rafters Talkin’ Baseball, Food and Family Entertainment

The Northwoods League’s Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are gearing up for their inaugural season, and it is clear that they will not be departing from the successful family fun business model maximized by their high-powered sister club down in Madison.  Read more here.

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Rafters’ New-Look Website Ready for Action

PRESS RELEASE – Stay up to date with all the latest news regarding your Rafters by logging onto the new interactive web page at www.raftersbaseball.com. With ticket information, the latest player signings, videos, new releases, and more, you won’t miss a beat!

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Rafters Announce ‘Name the Mascot’ Contest, Tryouts

PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are hosting a “Name the Mascot” contest.  Fans will have an opportunity to submit names for the “River Rat” mascot through March 16th.  The team will then post the top five names and leave it up to the community to vote for the name they would like to have.  Continue reading

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