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Circle Tap Tournament underway in Denmark, Wisconsin

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

DENMARK, Wisc. – The big-time tournament in the little town of Denmark is underway.

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

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.