Category: Robert Pannier

Amarillo Thunderheads Tale: Off-Season Update

It was a tough year in Amarillo last season, as the Sox went 37-63, the second worst record in the American Association. However, the team looks for big changes this season, starting with a renaming of the team itself. Last year’s Amarillo Sox are this year’s Amarillo Thunderheads, and with a new name comes a…

Grand Prairie AirHogs Press: Off-Season Report

It was a disappointing 2014 season for the Grand Prairie AirHogs, as the team finished 40-60, 33 games behind the American Association champion Wichita Wingnuts. The AirHogs look to make a splash this year, but so far this off-season they have been fairly silent, making a few moves, but not a big splash to this…

Laredo Lemurs Lingo: Off-Season Update

It was a great season in Texas for American Association baseball, as the Laredo Lemurs won an impressive 58 games and earned a spot in the league’s playoffs. The problem for the Lemurs was that the 73-win Wichita Wingnuts were also in their division, and that was the Lemurs opening round opponent. Laredo was summarily…

Wichita Wingnuts Wire: Off-Season Update

After making it to the big dance the previous two seasons, only to fall short in the finals, the Wichita Wingnuts finally took home the American Association Championship in 2014. It was an amazing run that saw the team set several league records, including most wins in a season by a team (73). Outfielder Brent…

Sioux City Explorers Examiner: Off-Season Update

The Sioux City Explorers finished a disappointing fourth in the Central Division of the American Association last season, but this was a team that showed flashes of excellence, going 18-11 following the All-Star break. That record included a five- and a six-game win streak. The Explorers showed real heart, and they are ready to feed…

Kansas City T-Bones Talk: Off-Season Update

The Kansas City T-Bones entered August last season in competition for the Central Division title in the American Association, but a 6-12 start to the month severely hampered their chances, despite winning their final six games of the season. Lincoln got hot and Gary stayed competitive to the end, making Kansas City an also-ran by…

Gary Southshore RailCats Report: Off-Season Update

The Gary Southshore RailCats saw the 2014 season come to a very disappointing end when Lincoln got hot down the stretch and took the Central Division title. It left a bad taste in the mouth of the team from Indiana, a taste they will want to wash out with a big dose of winning. This…

Lincoln Saltdogs Line: Off-Season Report

A late surge gave the Lincoln Saltdogs the Central Division title in the American Association, and the team rallied from an 0-2 deficit against the Winnipeg Goldeyes to advance to the league championship series, but that is where the dream came to an end. The Wichita Wingnuts were just too tough and were not going…

Sioux Falls Canaries Chat: Off-Season Report

It was a rough season in 2014 for the Sioux Falls Canaries. The team finished last in the North Division, and had the worst record in the American Association at 33-67. It was a tough year, which led the team to decide that manager Steve Shirley would not remain at the helm. A change was…

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Review: Off-Season Update

Last season ended with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks finishing third in the North Division of the American Association, 19.5 games behind the division winning Winnipeg Goldeyes. It was a very tough season, but ended with some hope when the team split their last ten games. So far this off-season the RedHawks have moved carefully to fill…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Gazette: Off-Season Report

The Winnipeg Goldeyes were last year’s North Division winner in the American Association and looked like they were going to roll to the championship series, but the Lincoln Saltdogs had other plans. Winnipeg won the first two games at home, then were swept in Lincoln, ending their season. A disappointing end to the season has…

St. Paul Saints Sermon: Off-Season Update

With less the four months left until the St. Paul Saints open the season in their new downtown stadium, it’s time to begin a monthly examination of the team and what has been going on with them this off-season. The Minor League Sports Report will provide a monthly recap of the happenings with the team…

Salla Kyhala, Kyle Croxall Win 2015 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships

Entering Saturday night’s Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championships in St. Paul, no one would have been surprised to see the name Croxall holding the championship trophy in his hands at nights end, they just would have thought it would be Scott that would be the one holding the trophy. Instead, brother Kyle took…

Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championship Finals Set

After two days of competition, the finals for Saturday night’s Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championship are down to 64 remaining competitors. Thursday night saw 32 Americans qualify for Friday afternoon’s elimination round. They joined 32 skaters from the international competition who had competed earlier in the day. Those who finished 33-64 competed in…

Dean Moriarity Leads International Qualifiers in Crashed Ice World Championships

Dean Moriarity may have entered the 2015 Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championships in the shadow of fellow countryman Scott Croxall, but he proved Friday afternoon that he can cast a rather lengthy shadow of his own. Moriarity trailed last season’s winner, Marco Dallago, by nearly eight tenths of a second after the first…

North Americans Dominate Women’s Field for Red Bull Crashed Ice

Twenty women entered the 2015 International Shootout in the Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championships with only 16 being able to advance to Saturday night’s finals. After the qualifiers were run, the 16 top times were chosen with 13 qualifiers coming from North Americans, 8 Americans and 5 Canadians, and three Europeans taking the…

Tommy Mertz Leads Field to Qualify for Crash Ice Downhill World Championship

On an unusually mild winter day by Minnesota standards, American Tommy Mertz burned up the St. Paul track in the National Shootout Run to advance into Friday’s elimination round of the 2015 Red Bull Crashed Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Mertz is joined by 22 other Americans, 8 Canadians, and one Finnish competitor, as 32 advanced…

Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championship 2015 Begin in St. Paul

For those who love the extreme sports, the ultimate in ice skating challenges will begin Thursday night in St. Paul, MN, when the Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championships for 2015 begin in St. Paul, MN. This events draws competitors from all over the world, and Thursday’s preliminaries will pit 99 American and Canadian…

CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Defense Dominates to Bring Home Championship

The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves clearly established that they were the better team on this day, holding the No. 1 scoring team in Division-II football scoreless on route to a 13-0 victory over Minnesota State University. It was the first National Championship in school history, and made a winner of a football program that just…

Matt Behrendt leads Wisconsin-Whitewater to NCAA Division-III Title

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater claimed their sixth title in the last eight years Friday night, with a 43-34 win over the Mount Union Purple Raiders. Riding an opportunistic defense and the arm of their star quarterback, the Warhawks were in control of this game, taking home the Stagg Bowl for the second straight season. Behind…