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John’s Plumbing and Kegel Knights tie for NAFA Recreation Division championship

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

18-year-old BRAXTON THOMPSON was an All-World selection to the Recreation Division for his outstanding infield play for his Cerro Gordo, Minnesota ball club. Photo BY BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series / Fargo, N.D.

FARGO – John’s Plumbing of Courtland, Neb. and the Kegel Knights of Fargo tied for the first-ever NAFA Recreation Division championship game after the game ended due to torrential rain that flooded the ball field at Northside Softball Complex, Sunday.

  • For Recreation Division Information, click on Results &
    Stats
  • Most Valuable Player
    Greg Schroeder, John’s Plumbing

    Most Valuable Pitcher
    Kevin McCrory, Fargo Knights

      ALL-WORLD TEAM

    Cody Rahman, Knights
    Todd Clark, Knights
    Scott Whetter, Knights
    Mark Morris, John’s
    Matt Duden, John’s
    Jared Holmgren, Ramona
    Derek Lien, Ramona
    Rob McGinnis, Northern Extreme
    Duane Carlson, Northern Extreme
    Paul Wanner, F-M Aces
    Tom Hagen, F-M Aces
    Braxton Thompson, Cerro Gordo (Minn.)
    Jared Hawk, The Box (Minn.)

    Setbacks can’t keep Lon Andersen off the fastpitch field

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Long-time South Dakota fastpitch sponsor, manager and player will be inducted into the North America Fastpitch Association Hall of Fame during the NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

    SIOUX FALLS, So. Dak. – It takes mental and physical toughness and a deep desire to continue pursuing a sporting passion when your body hurts and your doctor orders, “give it up.”

    Lon Andersen has battled cancer that nearly claimed his life, he’s undergone two hip replacements, he was in a coma for four days. Yet despite these debilitating setbacks that would sideline those of a weaker constitution, Anderson stubbornly refuses to give up fastpitch softball.

    “My doctor told me it’s time to quit,” said the 62-year-old Andersen. “I can’t play basketball anymore, but I’ve kept on playing fastpitch against his advice.”

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    Tony Aresco earns NAFA Hall of Fame honor

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Father Tony Aresco and son Anthony, 21, will bring a men’s team and an age 23-under team to the 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak. Aug. 9-20. A highlight of the trip will be Tony Aresco’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo By Tony Aresco

    STONEHAM, Mass. – Some give a little, some give a fair share, and a few give a lot to men’s fastpitch softball.

    And then there’s Tony Aresco. You’ve heard of the 110-percenters? Well, Tony leaves them in his dust.

    For over 30 years his contributions to the game – and to the North American Fastpitch Association in particular – are remarkable.

    Aresco of Stoneham, Massachusetts, plays, manages, sponsors, recruits, teaches, promotes…You get the idea: he’s a man of many hats, many talents.

    NAFA LOYAL, NAFA WINNER

    He’s been bringing teams to the NAFA World Series for 11 years. In that time, he’s won championships at nearly every level – Masters, 21-Under, and an assortment of other men’s divisional championships – six in all.

    With his Boston-area ball club, the Sea Dogs, Aresco has been selected Most Valuable Player once and All-World five teams, his most recent in the 2016 A World Series. This at the age of 51. As a catcher.

    No doubt he has earned the respect and the admiration of all who have ever played with or against him. And what he has accomplished with NAFA is now being rewarded.

    THE HALLOWED HALL

    Aresco will receive the highest honor the game can offer back – a beautiful plaque and jacket – and membership in one of the sport’s most exclusive clubs: The NAFA Hall of Fame.

    Aresco will be inducted during ceremonies in Fargo at the World Series.

    “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Aresco, who is also a Massachusetts ASA Hall of Famer. “There’s a lot of great players and managers in the Hall of Fame and now to be included with them is an amazing feeling. I attribute a lot of this to my players. Without them I wouldn’t get this recognition. They are reason we are successful.”

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