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NWL All-Stars named

The Northwoods League announced the rosters for the 2009 All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:05 p.m. Eastern in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The host North Division All-Stars will take on their South Division counterparts at Port Arthur Stadium, home to the reigning Northwoods League champion Thunder Bay Border Cats.

The two-day event, which begins with a banquet dinner featuring Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins Monday night, July 20, will conclude with the main attraction, the 2009 Northwoods League (NWL) All-Star Game, Tuesday evening.

The all-star game will be streamed over the Internet with an enhanced video webcast on In the hours leading up to the game on July 21, events will include a player scouting combine, a fan fest, and the annual home run derby.

The Battle Creek Bombers and Rochester Honkers lead the way with seven all-stars per team. The North Division first-half champion Mankato MoonDogs placed six all-stars while the South Division champion Eau Claire Express landed three all-stars. Headlining Rochester's selectees is the Northwoods League's leader in home runs with 11, shortstop Corey Jones (Cal State-Fullerton). The shortstop for the South Division, Michael Giller (Illinois) of Waterloo, currently leads the NWL in hitting at .376. The league's RBI leader with 40, first baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) of Madison, is one of four Mallards on the team. Chuck Lukanen (Northern Illinois) brings his NWL leading six wins as one of four Green Bay pitchers on the South roster.

Five second-time all-stars are on this year's teams, including two from the Alexandria Beetles. First baseman Keith Castillo and outfielder Mike O'Neill, both from USC, return for their second consecutive NWL All-Star Game. Rochester pitcher Zach Robertson (Iowa), Battle Creek pitcher RJ Hively (Cal State-Fullerton), and Wisconsin pitcher Bobby Pritchett (Central Arkansas) will do the same.

This year's all-stars were chosen in a vote by the 14 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team's field staff and radio and media contacts. The complete list of all-stars is below:


Player Position Year NWL Team School

Matt Fyffe RHP SO Alexandria Eastern Kentucky

Mitch Handley RHP JR Alexandria North Alabama

Michael Gedman LHP JR Brainerd Massachusetts

Dennis O'Grady RHP SO Brainerd Duke

Drew Smith RHP JR Brainerd Barton County (KS)

Sean Yost RHP FR Duluth Nebraska

Ryan Demmin LHP JR Mankato Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Tim Griffin RHP JR Mankato Rollins (FL)

James Wise RHP SO Mankato Washington State

Drew Gagnon RHP FR Rochester Long Beach State

Zach Robertson LHP JR Rochester Iowa

Arik Sikula RHP SO Rochester Marshall (WV)

David Deminsky LHP JR St. Cloud St. Cloud State

Tim Roberson C SO Alexandria Florida Gulf Coast

Kyle Knudson C JR Mankato Minnesota

Drew Beuerlein C JR Rochester UNLV

Keith Castillo 1B JR Alexandria Southern California

Adam Courcha 2B JR Thunder Bay New Mexico

Corey Jones SS JR Rochester Cal State-Fullerton

David Valesente 3B JR Brainerd St. Joseph's (PA)

KC Serna X-INF FR Mankato Oregon

Mike O'Neill OF JR Alexandria Southern California

Rance Roundy OF JR Rochester UNLV

PJ Sequeira OF JR Rochester Oral Roberts (OK)

Danny Miller X-OF SO Mankato Minnesota State-Mankato

Nick Longmire X-OF SO St. Cloud Pacific (CA)

Coach Position NWL Team

Mike Orchard Manager Mankato

Jason Belk Coach Mankato

Kurt Albin Coach Mankato

Ryan Ruiz Coach Mankato

Joel Barta Manager Thunder Bay


Player Position Year NWL Team School

RJ Hively RHP SO Battle Creek Cal State Fullerton

James Jones RHP SO Battle Creek John A. Logan (IL)

Matt Talley LHP SO Battle Creek The Citadel (SC)

Rudy Jaramillo LHP FR Eau Claire New Mexico

*Devan Kline RHP JR Eau Claire Central Michigan

Dixon Anderson RHP FR Green Bay California-Berkeley

Joel Delorit LHP SO Green Ba Wisconsin-Steven Point

Chuck Lukanen LHP JR Green Bay Northern Illinois

Zach Varce RHP SO Green Bay Portland (OR)

Steven Gruver LHP FR La Crosse Tennessee

Cody Winiarski RHP SO Madison Madison Area Tech (WI)

Bobby Pritchett RHP JR Wisconsin Central Arkansas

Bryce Shafer RHP SO Wisconsin Valparaiso (IN)

Robert Brantly C FR La Crosse California-Riverside

Jimmy Tanner C JR Battle Creek South Carolina-Upstate

Ben Long C JR Wisconsin Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Harold Riggins 1B FR Madison North Carolina State

Greg Fujii 2B SO Battle Creek San Jose City College

Michael Giller SS JR Waterloo Illinois

Josh Valle 3B JR Battle Creek Marshall (WV)

Riley Henricks X-INF SO Green Bay Portland (OR)

Mark Ginther X-INF FR Madison Oklahoma State

Chris Lewis OF JR Battle Creek Western Michigan

Nolan Fadness OF SO Eau Claire Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Kurtis Muller OF SO Madison Iowa

Aaron Gates X-OF FR La Crosse Pepperdine

Justin Preckajlo X-OF JR La Crosse North Florida

*Will not play: signed pro contract.

Coach Position NWL Team

Dale Varsho Manager Eau Claire

Nate Schwartz Coach Eau Claire

CJ Thieleke Manager Madison

Joe Potulny Coach La Crosse