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Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.

THE TEAMS

Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
  • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Click to view or download: 2017 Grafmeier Tournament

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    jcolombo@humana.com
    bossdj32@yahoo.com
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890

    2017 Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament At Sunset Park In Kimberly

    Thursday, January 5th, 2017

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball. June 2-4 it will be the host field for the Jack Grafmeier Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2017 Jack Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 2-4 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI. Entry fee is $300. Format could vary depending on the number of teams that enter. We had a very competitive field last year and are hoping to again this year.

    Confirmed Teams
    The Bar Buzz
    Stoneyard
    Dekalb Hustlehogs

    Interested Teams Contact
    Justin Colombo
    920-585-0179
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    Hotel Info
    In order for teams to get the $99 rate, they need to call the Hilton Garden Inn at (920) 730-1900 and mention “Jack Grafmeier Tournament.”

    I would recommend teams make their reservations as soon as they register for the tournament, as this hotel is pretty popular with wedding guests and other sports teams. Below is a link to their website in case teams want more details on the hotel.

    Hilton Garden Inn

    Hank & Karen’s strives to ‘four-peat’ in Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament June 3-5

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

    LathropRiceLake.286lr The 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will feature strong pitching and highly ranked teams and players competing for the championship in this coveted tournament at Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Justin Colombo / Tournament Director
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament opens Friday night at 7 and taking center stage on fabled Sunset Park’s lower diamond will be Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch.

    Hank & Karen’s Pub & Grill, located in Appleton, will look to defend its title – for a FOURTH time. But it won’t be easy. Seven teams are looking to seize the title, including:

      POOL A
  • Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch
  • Hitter’s of Kimberly
  • Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
    • POOL B
  • Stoneyard, Appleton
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton
  • Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • The tournement continues through Saturday with a full slate of pool play games to decide seeding for Sunday’s playoffs.

    The tournament features three teams ranked highly by the International Softball Congress. Aurora Dolan & Murphy is ranked No. 24; Bar Buzz, No. 27, and Tin Cup (fresh from taking the championship of the Dugout Memorial Tournament in Cushing, Wisc.) holds the No. 31 spot.

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    For more information, contact Tournament Director, Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    2016 Grafmeier Tournament Features Strong Field of Ranked Teams

    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

    Rude Pac vs Pala.85web Men’s fastpitch action promises to be competitive in the 2016 Grafmeier Tournament, June 3-5, at upper and lower Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Seven of fastpitch softball’s strongest men’s teams will take to Sunset Park in Kimberly for the The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament, June 3-5.

    The field includes three nationally ranked teams by the International Softball Congress (latest ranking of May 21).

    The Tournament Field

  • No. 27 ranked Bar Buzz, Wisc.
  • No. 24 Aurora Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill.
  • No. 31 Tin Cup Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Stoneyard Fastpitch, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Hank & Karen’s, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Hustlehogs, Dekalb, Ill.
  • Hitter’s Sports Bar, Kimberly, Wisc.
  • FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
    6:15 | Hank & Karen’s vs. Hitter’s Sports Bar, lower Sunset Park
    7:45 | Hank & Karen’s vs Stoneyard Fastpitch, lower Sunset

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE LOWER SUNSET
    10 a.m. | Tin Cup vs Hustlehogs, Lower Sunset
    Noon Hustlehogs vs Hank & Karen’s
    2 p.m. | Stoneyard vs Hitter’s Fastpitch
    4 p.m. | Hank & Karen’s vs Bar Buzz
    6 p.m. | Dolan & Murphy vs Tin Cup

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE UPPER SUNSET
    10 a.mn. | Dolan & Murphy vs Bar Buzz
    Noon | Tin Cup vs Bar Buzz
    4 p.m. | Dolan & Murphy vs Hitter’s Fastpitch
    6 p.m. | Hustlehops vs Stoneyard

    SUNDAY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
    9 a.m. | No. 4 vs No. 5, lower Sunset
    10:45 | No. 2 vs No. 7, lower Sunset
    10:45 | No. 3 vs No. 6, upper Sunset
    12:30 | Winner of No. 4 vs No. 5 plays No. 1 seed, lower Sunset
    12:30 | Winner of No. 3 vs No. 6, plays winner of No. 2 vs. No. 7
    2:15 | Championship, lower Sunset

    Tournament Contact
    Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    Kimberly Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League At Sunset Park

    Thursday, May 12th, 2016
    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball, including the Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League starts next Thursday May 19th at Sunset Park in Kimberly featuring five competitive teams:

  • Hank and Karen’s
  • Hitters
  • Terry’s
  • Xtra Innings
  • Kimberly Merchants
  • See League Schedule
  • Teams will feature several members of Circle Tap and The Bar Buzz who will be competing in this year’s ISC World Tournament.

    The league should be very competitive and will feature some good pitching,” said Justin Colombo, who is a leader in organizing the league as well as a player.

    Anybody looking to join a team can contact Justin Colombo at bossdj32@yahoo.com or 920-585-0179.

    2016 Grafmeier Tournament Has Strong Field, One More Team Needed

    Monday, April 11th, 2016

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    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 3-5 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

    Entry fee is $300 per team with a $500 prize pool for Sunday. Format is pool play with top-four teams moving to a single elimination Championship Bracket on Sunday.

    The bottom four teams will move to single elimination bracket for the Consolation Title. Please contact Tournament Director Justin Colombo with any questions or inquiries.

    “We are still in need of one more team for the Grafmeier tournament to fill out the eight-team field,” said Colombo.

    TEAMS COMMITTED

  • Hank and Karens
  • Dekalb Hustle Hogs
  • Stoneyard
  • The Bar Buzz
  • Dolan and Murphy
  • Tin Cup
  • Hitters
  • Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com
    920-585-0179

    Kimberly Recreation Association, Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League starts today

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015
    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc.Sunset Park in Kimberly has long been a legendary setting for the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Though the beautiful park hasn’t hosted a world tournament for several years, it still remains a popular venue for top-caliber men’s fastpitch.

    Five teams – The Bar-Buzz, Hitter’s, Hank and Karen’s, Xtra Innings, and the Kimberly Merchants – begin play tonight (Wednesday, May 14) in the Paper Valley League.

    The league is strong and features several international stars, including the likes of Joel Goodall, Ryan Sinclair and Ryan Shannahan of Australia, and Argentina pitcher Sebastian Gervasutti, along with many of Wisconsin’s top players.

    Though men’s fastpitch isn’t as popular as it once was in the heydays of the 1960s, 70s and 80s; nonetheless, the Kimberly Recreation Association and several diehards remain committed to the sport they love.

    “This league is trying to keep the game of fastpitch alive in the Fox Valley,” said Justin Colombo, manager / player for Hank and Karen’s. And what better venue than Sunset Park to play in, adds Colombo. “This is one of the top softball parks in the country.”

    The league runs from May 14 to July 30, with Aug. 6 set aside for makeup games.

    Follow the league on Facebook: Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League

    The 2015 league teams and managers

  • The Bar-Buzz, Tony Schaaf
  • Hitter’s, Ric Thompson
  • Hank and Karen’s, Justin Colombo
  • Xtra Innings, Jim Dahlke
  • Kimberly Merchants, Nic Peters
  • Date – 6:30 – 8:00 – Bye Sponsor
    5/14 1-2 5-3 4 FNB-Fox Valley
    5/21 3-1 4-5 2 Hank and Karen’s
    5/28 1-4 2-3 5 Johnny B Fastpitch
    6/4 2-5 3-4 1 Capitol Centre
    6/11 4-2 5-1 3 The Bar
    6/18 3-2 4-1 5 Hitters Sports Bar
    6/25 5-4 1-3 2 Maker’s Sports Grill
    7/2 Week off for July 4th
    7/9 2-1 3-5 4 Lyndee Lewis-State Farm Insurance
    7/17 4-3 5-2 1 Stoneyard-Darboy
    7/23 1-5 2-4 3 Wrightstown Panther Baseball
    7/30 1-2 3-4 5 Home Team Sports and Apparel
    8/6 Rainout week
    8/13 ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series
    Second team listed is home team

    For information about the league, contact Ric Thompson at fvfp08@gmail.com, or Justin Colombo at bossdj32@yahoo.com.

    Wisconsin’s Circle Tap loaded with foreign talent

    Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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    Matt Palazzo from Iowa who will be wearing the Circle Tap uniform after spending last season with the California A’s. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 California Classic

    DENMARK, WISC – Arguably Wisconsin is one of the healthier states when it comes to men’s fastpitch softball. I think I’ll get agreement on that. So when I see that Circle Tap’s 2014 ISC roster has only five Wisconsin players listed, it makes you wonder: Can’t U.S. teams find talented position players any more?

    Importing foreign pitchers from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Venezuela, I get that; we don’t have an abundance of Open-caliber pitchers in the states. But POSITION players? Has the sport fallen on such hard times that we can’t find talented infielders, outfielders and catchers?

    I counted and Circle Tap has three Australians, three Argentinians, one Venezuelan, and one player each from Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Washington. So, from a 17-player roster just five are from Wisconsin.

    Now, I’m not picking on Circle Tap. The way the sport is today, you have to do whatever it takes to win an ISC World Tournament. Over the past three decades, the annual half dozen or so teams that have a legitimate chance of winning the World Tournament have been going the import route – but in the past it was primarily for pitching.

    So the bigger question and dilemma: How can men’s fastpitch possibly revive itself in the U.S. if we can’t even entice young talented infielders, outfielders and catchers to our sport?

    The 2014 Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisc.

    Justin Colombo Kimberly, WI
    Jim Corbett Green Bay, WI
    Tom Crouch DeKalb, IL
    Chris DeLarwelle Denmark, WI
    Joel Goodall Australia
    Lucas Goring Apple Valley, MN
    Bryan Hansen Denmark, WI
    Todd Malnory Menasha, WI
    Chris Miljavac St. Joseph, MO
    Bruno Motroni Argentina
    Matt Palazzo Des Moines, IA
    Fernando Petric Argentina
    Juan Potolucchio Argentina
    Pat Sagdal Richland, WA
    Ryan Sinclair Australia
    Erick Urbaneja Venezuela
    Lewis Weldon Australia

    Dean Kane
    CT Fastpitch
    ct16@greenbaynet.com