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Fishing students for jersey design

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With just over four months left before they start their second season with the home opener on May 26, the Kenosha Kingfish are leading off 2015 with brisk early sales of seven-game packs and searching for artistic area middle and high school students who want to design the 2015 road-game uniforms.

Aurora Health Care is sponsoring the competition, and proceeds from the silent auction at the end of the season will benefit the Aurora Health Foundation.

Kingfish general manager Jake McGhee said local schools have been contacted, and the search is on for students who will design a uniform in a competition. The uniform will be worn for all 36 road games and as an alternate during select home games. Last year’s auction raised $3,319 for the Aurora Health Care Foundation. Last year’s winner was Benjamin Hufendick of St. Joseph.

Good feelings all around at Northwoods League fall meetings

RACINE — The faces milling about the lobby in the Racine Marriott on Thursday morning were mostly smiling.

If you’re affiliated with the Northwoods League right now, it’s hard not to possess an optimistic feeling.

A dozen Kingfish rank among Northwoods League’s top prospects

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KENOSHA — The Northwoods League announced its top 200 prospects from the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Bradley Smart from Smart on Sports compiled the rankings after consulting with all 18 of the league’s field managers.

MoonDogs reach finals

The Mankato MoonDogs have advanced to face the Lakeshore Chinooks for the Northwoods League championship.

Mankato defeated Willmar 9-5 at Willmar Wednesday to claim the decisive third game of the best-of-3 series and earn the North Division title. Willmar won the first-half North championship, while Mankato captured the second-half title.

Chinooks advance to NWL World Series

The Lakeshore Chinooks clinched the South Division championship in the Northwoods League playoffs with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Tuesday before a crowd of 864 at Kapco Park in Mequon.

The top-seeded Chinooks swept the best-of-3 series.

Athlete of the Week: Pat Porter

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Kenosha Kingfish outfielder Pat Porter is the Athletic Republic/Kenosha News Athlete of the Week.

The Ohio State senior-to-be finished his season with an RBI, adding to his league-leading total, in Sunday’s finale at Simmons Field.

Chinooks handle Hayden, Woodchucks

Wilmot graduate Brendon Hayden went 3-for-4, but it wasn’t enough as the Wisconsin Woodchucks lost to the Lakeshore Chinooks, 9-4, in the first game of their best-of-3 Northwoods League divisional playoff series on Monday at Athletic Park in Wausau.

The top-seeded Chinooks, who went 50-21 during the regular season, scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning. Catcher Zack Bowers had the big blast with a two-out grand slam.

Kingfish trio nets postseason All-Star honors

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Three Kenosha Kingfish were named to the 2014 Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team.

Down to the wire

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This is how a pennant race feels, Kenosha.

Kingfish rally, tighten playoff race

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The Kenosha Kingfish’s Pat Porter showed Friday night why he is considered the top hitter in the Northwoods League.

The Ohio State junior-to-be delivered a three-run, go-ahead triple in the eighth to send the Kingfish to a key 5-2 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs before 1,440 at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Douglas plays the hero

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The Kenosha Kingfish kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

Kenosha staged its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the first two Kingfish hitters struck out, CJ Saylor reached on an error and Alex Borglin singled.

Godinez leads local contingent at showcase

Kenosha Kingfish second baseman Chris Godinez did his part for the Northwoods League South Division squad against the North Division in the North’s 8-5 Game 1 victory Tuesday in the second annual Big League Dreams Showcase at Madison’s Warner Park.

Batting leadoff and playing second, Godinez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The Bradley junior-to-be is sixth in the league with a .346 batting average.

Showcase to feature Hayden, Kingfish

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With the Northwoods League season winding down, opportunities for players to impress Major League Baseball scouts are dwindling.

Mazzoccoli silences Bullfrogs

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Desperate to stop a four-game losing streak, the Kenosha Kingfish turned to Dillon Mazzoccoli on Monday night.

And the 6-foot-4 right-hander delivered.

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