Category: Robert Pannier

2017 American Association Championship Series Preview: Goldeyes vs. Wingnuts

The 2017 American Association Championship series begins Wednesday night as the Wichita Wingnuts will host the Winnipeg Goldeyes for the first two games of the series before moving to Winnipeg for the final three games, if needed. Winnipeg enters the championship after defeating the Lincoln Saltdogs in four-games. Wichita swept the Gary Southshore RailCats to…

Fan Interference with Wichita Wingnuts Manager Pete Rose, Jr. – Season 2

Welcome to season 2 of Fan Interference with Wichita Wingnuts Manager Pete Rose, Jr. Fan Interference is a weekly program that gives fans the opportunity to ask Pete questions or to send their comments into him to hear his response. Hosted by Rob Pannier of the Minor League Sports Report, Fan Interference will be recorded each…

Like a Superhero, Michael Whitley Leads Muskies with Strength, Humility

Lakeland University quarterback Michael Whitley has developed a legend about himself that has turned the QB into a hero at the school. The Muskies senior has set all kinds of school records on the gridiron, but it is his strength of character and humility of spirit that has really made him a superhero on and…

Saltdogs Cameron McVey Speaks Softly, Carries a Big Arm

In his third season in the American Association, Lincoln Saltdogs right-hander Cameron McVey has clearly found a home, becoming a huge piece in the success the team had in winning the Central Division. He is truly a soft-spoken man off the field, but he is saying a whole lot with his powerful arm. Introducing Cameron…

Richard Prigatano Leads Wingnuts to American Association Title Series, 11-3

The Wichita Wingnuts entered Saturday night’s contest looking to sweep the Gary Southshore RailCats and advance to the American Association championship series for the second year in a row. After taking the first two games in Gary, Wichita sent Eddie Medina to the hill, and he was brilliant early on, keeping the RailCats off the…

Rodolfo Amezcua Leads Offense as Tigers Hang on for 41-34 Victory

A year after the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers won a close 19-13 affair over Crown College, the two teams were locked in a fantastic offensive showcase, as the Tigers held on for a 41-34 victory over the Storm. Rodolfo Amezcua scored 2-touchdowns and had 103-yards receiving, and Jacquez Hall ran for 122-yards in leading the way.…

Shawntrel Garner Leads Red Men in Blanking of Bethel, 31-0

The Bethel Royals traveled to Kenosha, WI on Saturday and found the Carthage Red Men to be quite ungracious hosts, as the defense for Carthage allowed just 162-yards of total offense in blanking Bethel, 31-0. Shawntrel Garner led the squad with 9-tackles, including a sack, and scored a touchdown on an interception return, and Kyle…

Taking on Challenges Drives Hamline Pipers Justice Spriggs

Junior quarterback Justice Spriggs has helped to turn the Hamline University Pipers football team into an up-and-coming program in the MIAC, embracing all the challenges and opportunities that have come along the way. Introducing Justice Spriggs A cliché that you will likely come across somewhere in your life is that someone has a “chip on…

Guiding Players to Maturity, Success Drive Tigers Michael Richtman

In his second year as the head football coach at Iowa Wesleyan University, Michael Richtman has already helped to improve the Tigers on the field, taking the team from one win in 2015 to three last season. He is helping to greatly improve the school’s football program, but is also helping to guide his players…

Wichita Wingnuts Bullpen Shuts Down RailCats in 5-2 Victory

A night after watching starter Danny Gutierrez blank the Gary Southshore RailCats for seven innings, it was the Wichita Wingnuts bullpen that came up huge, tossing four scoreless innings to preserve a 5-2 victory, moving the Wingnuts one game from advancing to the American Association title series. Christian Stringer had a big two-out hit in…

Brotherhood Driving Wingnuts Brennen Salgado toward Success

In his second season with the Wichita Wingnuts, Brennen Salgado has helped the team to win their seventh straight division title. While success on the field has made the game enjoyable, it is the brotherhood within the game that has made playing baseball a whole lot more fun. Introducing – Brennen Salgado It does not…

Saltdogs Derek Gordon Proving There’s No Place Like Home

The Lincoln Saltdogs enter the American Association playoffs Wednesday night, the first time the team has been in the post-season since 2014. It has been there strong pitching that has carried the team, and Lincoln resident Derek Gordon has been a huge reason for the success, getting the dream opportunity to play in his hometown.…

2017 American Association Playoffs: Lincoln Saltdogs vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes

A year after winning the American Association title, the Winnipeg Goldeyes won the North Division and enter the postseason with the best record in the league. The Goldeyes are really in a prime position to make a run for their second straight title, as they have three of the top five hitters in the league,…

2017 American Association Playoffs: Gary Southshore RailCats vs. Wichita Wingnuts

The Gary Southshore RailCats open up the 2017 American Association playoffs against the Wichita Wingnuts starting Wednesday night. The RailCats enter the playoffs as the Wild Card winner, finishing with a 57-43 record, tied for the fourth best record in the league. The Wichita Wingnuts were 61-38, winners of the South Division and had the…

Michael Whitley Unstoppable in Lakeland Muskies Opening Victory, 43-29

The Lakeland Muskies took to the field Saturday night to open up the 2017 season. It was a festive occasion, as the team not only was playing in their newly remodeled stadium, but also was looking to build off of last year’s success which saw the team had to the NCAA Division-III football playoffs. Thanks…

Eddie Medina, Bullpen Combine to Blank Salina; Wingnuts Win 13-0

It may be a few days before the American Association playoffs begin, but Eddie Medina looked in playoff ready form Saturday night, allowing just two hits in six innings of work and combining with two relievers to help the Wichita Wingnuts blank the Salina Stockade, 13-0. Brent Clevlen and T.J. Mittelstaedt both had huge nights…

Conor Feckley Leads Dubuque Comeback; Spartans Win 32-26

Last season, the Bethel Royals traveled to the University of Dubuque to take on the Spartans to open the campaign, and helped produce one of the wildest games in school history. Both teams put up over 700-yards of offense as the Spartans prevailed 70-53. Head Coach Steve Johnson wanted his team to play a lot…

Pipers Defense Dominating in Hamline 51-0 Victory

Entering the 2017 season, the Hamline Pipers had some concerns about their defense, as they were fielding a much younger, inexperienced team than years past. This left a lot of question marks, which were answered right away on Saturday afternoon as the group held the Crown College Storm to just 166 total yards of offense…

Stan Zweifel Leaving No ‘Doubt’ He Was Right Choice at Dubuque

Entering his ninth season as Head Coach of the University of Dubuque Spartans football Team, Stan Zweigel has left no doubt that he was the right choice to lead the team to greater heights. Introducing Head Coach Stan Zweifel There are many cultures where the name that is given to a person is representative of…

Coach Colin Bruton Turns Muskies into Top Fish in the Conference

In his third season as the head football coach of the Lakeland University Muskies, Colin Bruton has turned his team into one of the top teams in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). The Muskies have been the top fish the last two seasons, earning trips to the NCAA football playoffs in both of his…