Gift of Life Softball Tourney helps local residents

PLYMOUTH – The 19th annual Gift of Life Softball Tournament Aug. 28-30 at the Quit Qui Oc Athletic Complex was a huge success as it raised money to aid three local persons who have serious health problems.

This year’s recipients are Riley McKinch and Rhiannon Schicker of Plymouth and Wally Theel of Elkhart Lake. McKinch suffers from a degenerative corneal disease called Keratoconus that has been causing him to lose his vision since the age of 15. Riley is currently attending Wheaton College in Illinois to study music.

Theel’s battle started in April 2009 with oral cancer in his tongue. The cancer continued to move into his tonsils, lymph nodes on his neck and finally into his left lung.

Schicker is recovering from a recent kidney transplant, which she received from her step-mother, Lynn Schicker, on March 11 at Froedtert Hospital.

Due to the continued support and generosity of the individuals, organizations, and businesses in Sheboygan County, the tournament was a complete success, according to The Gift of Life Board. The accomplishments of this year’s event can be attributed to the players, fans, sponsors as well as the umpires, scorekeepers and other volunteers who donated their time and money.

The board especially thanked those who stayed and supported the event during the inclement weather. A record 23 teams participated in the tourney.

Paxton Moore’s draft team defeated the special interest team, Cancer Sucks, in the championship game, 7-2. Team Moore scored six unanswered runs after Cancer Sucks had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning.

Team Moore’s attack was keyed by Troy Holzman, Adam Payne, Rachel Schwantes, Moore and Becky Bonnett who had multiple-hit games. Payne, a pitcher, was named the tourney’s male Most Valuable Player.

Sarah Behnke earned the female MVP honors. The MVP awards are in honor of the late Stan Struve who helped found the event in 1991.

Team Moore included Jason Lensmire, Jodi Burri, Holzman, Wade Holdridge, Susie Morton, Shane Zephrin, Adam Payne, Schwantes, Corey Stoney, Moore, Bonnett and Ryan Arndt.

The Cancer team participants were Holly DeZwarte, Van DeZwarte, Mary Veldman, Behnke, Sara Urner, Kristin Wagner, Katie Kissinger, Tammy Halle, Erin Wheeler, Erika Bognar, Eric Rooker, Josh Rooker, Mike Haucke, Mike Mulder, Barry Ludvik, Scott Mohs, George Kulow, David Halle and Sarah Stubbe.

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The board included Dan Albright, Kerry Bardon, Dave Capelle, Penny Gosse, Bob Grapentine, Todd Klemme, Ranae Lorenz, Carleen Pickruhn, Dan Schmitz, Janice Struve, Tate Struve, Troy Struve and Deb Tracy. The board would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the following and if we have missed anyone we are truly sorry:


All Dolled Up, Alice’s Stress Management, American Dairy Brands, Antonio’s/Antoinette’s, Artesian Wells, Inc., The Brown Bottle, B & B Ford, B & B Motor Sports, Bank First National, Bill Cain Realtor & Auctioneer, Blind Referee Bar, Benjamin Buehler, Ed Cain Construction, Caldron Falls Bar, Capelle’s Farm Market, Chester’s Drive-In, Chissy’s, City Club, Club 67, Cozy Bar, CPN Hair Studio, CSC Electric, Culver’s, D & D Country Tap, DJS e Design LLC, Dad’s Excavating, Dairy Queen (Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls), Karen Degner, DeMarini Sports, Depot, Holly DeZwarte, Dutch’s of Elkhart Lake, Eagle’s Club, Laverne Eickberg, Eli’s Roadhouse and Exchange Bank Coffeehouse.

Exotic Tans & Spa, Falls Healing Arts, Final Lap, Firehouse Pizza, Jerry Fink, Favre Football Foundation, Four Seasons Comfort, Franklin House Bar, Frank Steiner, Rich & Jeanne Freeze DJ’s, General Beer/Derek Koch, Lee Gentine, Louis Gentine, Glenbeulah Softball Association, Gravel Pit Sports Bar, Green Bay Packers, Al Gross, Hamburger Haus, Steve Hand, Ron Haulser, Steve Helmer, Paul Healy, Idlewile, Jifram Extrusions, Just Janes, Matt Kenseth, Kohler Co., KW Electric, Kohler Co, Laack’s Hall, Jerad & Marion Lehman, and Jim Leist,

Lakehouse Pub & Grill, Mike Lavey, Lincoln Street Sports Bar, Masters Gallery, Todd Melcher, Gladys Medved, Meyer Motors, Miller Power Equipment, Janice Miller, Mark Miller, Miller’s Glen, Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee County Zoo, M & I Bank, Mutual Fund Store, Gary Muench, Adele Ogdens, Orion, Nap’s Place, Nicolaus Haus, Jay Nolte and Northern Kettles Turkey Chapter, Plymouth Youth Athletic Association, Paddock Club and Parkview Family Restaurant.

Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save, Pit Stop Pizza, Pleasant View Realty, Plymouth Fire Dept., Plymouth Glass Co., Plymouth Lions, Plymouth Snow Rangers, Plymouth Softball Association, Point Drive-In, Q-Mart (Kohler), Quit Qui Oc Golf Course, Quit Qui Oc Athletic Complex, Racers Hall, Reilly Bakery, Restoration Gardens, Richards of Falls, Road America, Rosie’s Valley Inn, Karen Russell, Sandy Reflections, Sargento Foods, Sherrie Schelp, Cris Schneider, Schwartz’s (St. Anna), Jim and Debbie Sheets, Sir Lanserlot Golf Course and Shedd Aquarium.

Six Flags Great America, Springs Pools & Spas, Steve & Rosie’s S&R Bar, Smiling Moose Bar, Subway, Suchon Funeral Home, Summerfest, Sun Graphics, Superior Lawn & Garden, Superior Liquor, 20/20 Vision, Tangles, The Other Place, Rick Thomas, Tom & Jerry’s Mini Golf, Three Guys & A Grill, Thrivent, Tim Allen Bar, Town & Country Golf Course, Trademark Builders, Deb and Randy Tracy, Trails End (Kiel), Van Horn Chevrolet, Victorian Village, Wieser Cabinetry, Willow Wood Acres, Wittkopp-Schneider Funeral Home, Wisconsin Badgers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

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