Defending champ wins Brackets & Baseball
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April 7, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – There may be a prognosticating dynasty in the making.

Long-distance Rockford RiverHawks fan Colin Baumgartner successfully defended his title in the second annual RiverHawks/WQRF Brackets and Basketball Challenge.

The Michigan resident’s entry, “Weagles”, earned 156 out of a potential 192 total points to repeat as B&B champion. He correctly predicted the outcome of 50 of 63 games in this year’s college basketball national championship tournament, including both participants in Monday’s title game. North Carolina beat Michigan State, 89-72.

“After winning back-to-back titles, I feel the RiverHawks should either erect a statue in my likeness in the beer garden or include me as one of the bobblehead dolls on the 2010 schedule,” Baumgartner said.

Several other participants who also predicted a North Carolina title were hot on Weagles’ heels. Stephanie Camille’s entry, “showmethetickets”, finished two points behind Weagles.

“M2bracket3”(152 points), “Ph. D. in bracketology” (149) and “Hammy513” (145) filled out the top five.

WQRF sports director Scott Leber took 17th place, with a total score of 132, and correctly picked the national champion.

Baumgartner received four passes to the Frontier League All-Star Game, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. July 15 at Road Ranger Stadium, a ceremonial first pitch at a selected game and a $20 gift card redeemable at Road Ranger Stadium ($120 total value). Camille won four passes to the RiverHawks’ new all-you-can eat Diamond Deck ($100 total value). Third through fifth place each earned a $20 gift card.

Baumgartner said that, because he is unable to attend the game, he will donate his tickets to a Stateline charity.

Weagles’ margin of victory was correctly picking two more first-round games that the closest competition among the 75-competitor field.

“I am shocked that I went back to back because the field was so much bigger this season,” Baumgartner said.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. May 26 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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