Iola-Scandinavia High School’s baseball team will head to Florida in the spring of 2016.
In an effort to raise funding for that trip, the Tipsy Steer, recently hosted a steak feed and raised $1,800 for the cause.
“We wanted to give back to the community,” restaurant owner Rusty Grimm said. “This was a way to get the word out about our $5 specials and to let other organizations know that we are willing to help.”
I-S baseball coach Pete Timdal said the trip is a great opportunity for his athletes.
“Some kids never get to travel or experience anything other than Wisconsin,” he said. “This gives them that opportunity, plus gets our team out on a baseball field a little earlier in the season.”
A chicken dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Silver Lake Lanes in Scandinavia to help raise additional funds.
The Thunderbirds will defend their Central Wisconsin 8 Conference title this season.
“I am beyond excited for the season to start,” Timdal said. “Not only is the weather starting to look like it may cooperate, but I’m ready for some baseball.”
His players are ready to start as well.
“The kids are very excited,” Timdal said. “They were asking me when we could start having some open gym in December.”
With six starters and a vast majority of their pitchers returning, the T-Birds are expected to be competitive again this season.
“Our returning starters are Kal Fischer in left field, Holdyn Mast in right field, third base/pitcher Brady Snyder shortstop/pitcher Nate Korb, catcher Steve Niemi Catcher and shortstop/pitcher Cam Gruenwald,” Timdal said.
Pitching will be the team’s strength, according to Timdal.
“Nate Korb was a second-team all-conference player and was 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA,” he said. “Cam was 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA and I’m looking forward to Brady pitching a lot more innings for us this year.”
The T-Birds will have to replace Hunter Gruenwald, John Prahl and Connor Lodewegen.
“These guys were our leaders and will be tough to replace, but we have some guys who I think are ready to step up and fill in their roles,” Timdal said. “Scotty Aasen, Jayden Sivertson, Seth Korb, Brandon Barth and Austen Dyb are all players that may be ready to start on the varsity team this year. Of course, we won’t know that until practice starts. Everyone will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the starting lineup.”