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Carfagna family takes back control of JetHawks, installs Thornhill as VP/GM

A local group can't close the deal to buy the Lancaster JetHawks, so Peter Carfagna and family will take back the Cal League franchise.

A local group can't close the deal to buy the Lancaster JetHawks (High Class A; California League), so Peter Carfagna and family will take back the team and install Larry Thornhill as vice president and GM.

A deal was struck in January for the Carfagnas to sell to a local ownership group headed by Lawrence Lyttle and Jeff Katofsky, the majority owner of the Orem Owlz (rookie; Pioneer League). The Carfagnas also own the Lake County Captains (Low Class A; Sally League).

“Under the direction of Larry Thornhill, the JetHawks had one of the biggest attendance gains in all of baseball last season,” says Peter Carfagna. “We heard tremendous comments from fans about the entertainment and atmosphere at the ballpark and we will be continuing and building on those trends. With the entire front office staff returning for its third season together, the continuity will be a positive.  Our collective goal is to provide fan-friendly entertainment in a positive and safe environment that the community can be proud of.  We sincerely look forward to continuing the tradition of Lancaster JetHawks baseball and to celebrating the club’s 15th anniversary in the Antelope Valley.” 

In his new role as vice president and general manager, Thornhill will lead a front office that retains the full staff for the third straight season. 

“This group of staff members has worked incredibly hard over the past few seasons and more than 150,000 fans this year saw the results and were the result of that effort,” says Thornhill.  “I am very excited to continue the work all of us started as a team together last season. I always enjoyed working with the Carfagnas and look forward to working with them as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of JetHawks Baseball in Lancaster. We have many new and exciting things to introduce in 2010 and all of us look forward to opening night April 12.” 

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