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Sharing memories of Holm Classic and Rice Lake Invitational

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

This weekend marks a truly remarkable run for a couple of Midwest men’s fastpitch tournaments.

The Holm Classic in Fargo, ND and Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, WI have a combined 76 years in which the two popular Midwest tournaments have been up and running.

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Three way fastpitch alliance proves mutually beneficial

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013


“This is the best we’ve had in the last ten years. It will be even competition and I expect to see some great games. Everyone has a chance to win it.” – NAFA Open – Holm Classic Tournament Director Kyle Koterba

FARGO, ND – Forming a partnership can be a tricky proposition. Like, who’s in charge? Who’s calling the shots? Who’s the alpha dog?

But that doesn’t appear to be the case with the 2013 NAFA Open – Holm Classic men’s fastpitch tournament. Two of the sport’s major organizations – the North American Fastpitch Association and the International Softball Congress – along with the Holm Classic have formed a symbiotic relationship that benefits all three organizations.

For NAFA, it gets to stage its Open division tournament in Fargo, one of fastpitch softball’s great cities. The ISC comes out a winner too, with the NAFA Open champion awarded a spot in the 2013 ISC World Tournament.

“It’s been a good relationship between Dean Oscar (president of the ISC), Benjie Hedgecock (executive director) of NAFA and myself,” said tournament director Kyle Koterba. “The Holm Classic has been kind of an ISC event, but last year we talked with Benjie about running the NAFA Open and it has worked out well, and we expect the same this year.”

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Dukes down Loggers for fastpitch softball title

Monday, June 18th, 2012

FARGO – If this is indeed the last fastpitch softball tournament held at Mickelson Field, it sure went out with a bang.

The Circle Tap Dukes from Denmark, Wis., rallied with five runs in the seventh en route to a 9-8 victory over the Sooke Loggers on Sunday in the championship game at the North American Fastpitch Association Holm Open softball tournament in Fargo.Continue Reading