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Orangemen win first ever 36th Annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Title

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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By RONN KOPP / NAFA President and Tournament Director

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After falling to Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin 3-2 in the winners bracket final, the Rice Lake Orangemen bounced back to bounce La Crosse Athletics 10-2 and then defeated Bol’s twice in championship play 7-6 and 2-1 in 9 innings to capture the championship of the 10-team 36th annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament.

It was the first Aquafest championship for the Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 36 tourneys.

The Orangemen opened tournament play with a 6-2 victory over Sawdust City of Eau Claire, followed with a 2-0 win over Ostrander, Minnesota, and a 7-0 win over Morelli’s of St. Paul before coming up a run short in their first encounter with defending NAFA state A division champion Bol’s Lanes.

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Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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By RONN KOPP / NAFA President

10 TEAMS TO COMPETE IN 36th RICE LAKE AQUAFEST INVITATIONAL MEN’S FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT

RICE LAKE, WISC. – Five teams from Wisconsin and five from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 36th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 13-15, once again in conjunction with the city’s annual Aquafest celebration.

Absent from the field is defending champion Wilber Lime of Galesville, eight-time tournament titlist, who ceased operations after capturing the North American Fastpitch Association “AA” championship in play at Des Moines, Iowa last August.

Wisconsin entries in the NAFA AA and A tournament include the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 35 previous events, along with the La Crosse Athletics, Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, J.R. Sports of Arcadia, and defending Wisconsin state “A” division champion Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin.

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Galesville Squad Wins 8th Invitational Title

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By RONN KOPP / 2013 Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Tournament Director
Wisconsin Fastpitch

RICE LAKE, WI – A two-out, two-run seventh inning home run by Dan Stuhr gave Wilber Lime of Galesville a 7-5 victory over the host Rice Lake Orangemen in the championship game of the 35th Rice Lake Aquafest Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament.

The Orangemen had led 5-2 after five innings before a 3-run Wilber sixth tied the game at five runs each. It was the second Aquafest title in a row for Wilber Lime and the eighth overall.

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Ten teams to compete in 35th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Bryan Lathrop in action during the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series.

By RONN KOPP / ronnkopp@charter.net
Wisconsin Fastpitch

RICE LAKE, WIS – Defending champion Wilber Lime of Galesville headlines the roster of ten teams for the 35th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 14-16, once again in conjunction with the city’s annual Aquafest celebration.

Wilber has captured the tourney title a total of seven times.

STRONG COMPETITION
Five other Wisconsin squads and four from Minnesota complete the 2013 field.
Wisconsin entries include the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 34 previous events, along with the La Crosse Athletics, Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, and the Gators of Farmington.

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