The summer-collegiate Northwoods League is expanding in the 2010 season in Wisconsin Rapids, a former Midwest League outpost.
The summer-collegiate Northwoods League is expanding in the 2010 season in Wisconsin Rapids, a former Midwest League outpost, setting up in Witter Field.
On Wednesday, December 16th beginning at 6:00 PM, at the Centralia Center in Wisconsin Rapids the owners of the expansion Northwoods League team will be introduced. Mayor Mary Jo Carson along with Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, Jr. will be on hand to meet with local media and anyone from the general public that would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity for the city and the surrounding area. The free event will be open to the public and complimentary hot dogs and soda will be provided.
Pending approval by the Wisconsin Rapids City Council on Tuesday December 15th, the Northwoods League is planning on entering into a lease agreement for use of Witter Field as the home for the 16th Northwoods League franchise, which would start play in 2010. The league currently has affiliates in five Wisconsin cities (Wausau, Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse & Green Bay). Renovations to Witter Field for the 2010 season and a “Name the Hometown Team” contest will also be announced during the event.
It's a solid move for the league: we expect the team to draw both from Wisconsin Rapids and nearby Stevens Point. We expect this will be the final expansion for the league for 2010.
The Wisconsin Rapids Twins played in Witter Field from 1979-1983 before the franchise moved to Kenosha and eventually Fort Wayne. Phillies Manager Charlie Manual was manager of the Twins in 1983.
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