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March 15, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Armchair basketball experts can win a sliver of glory and something even better – Rockford RiverHawks tickets and apparel – in the third annual RiverHawks Brackets and Baseball Challenge.

Filling out a bracket for basketball tournaments is a March tradition. Fans are invited to visit the team’s website, www.RockfordRiverHawks.com, and click on the link to the RiverHawks’ group – 126687 – in the Tourney Pick ‘Em Page at Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Participating prognosticators will fill out their picks for all games in this year’s tournament. They’ll then face each other and members of the RiverHawks front office to see who made the best picks. The contest is free and is open to fans 18 and older.

The fan with the most accurate picks will receive four passes to the Battle of the Sexes game against the Chicago Bandits women’s pro fastpitch softball team, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. June 17 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).

The runner-up will receive four passes to the RiverHawks’ all-you-can eat Diamond Deck ($100 total value). Third through fifth place each receive a $20 gift card.

Fans can register online anytime through 11 a.m. Thursday. Picks can be made from Monday afternoon until the tournament begins Thursday morning. All competitors will receive a buy-one, get-one coupon for single-game tickets to a 2010 regular-season game. All competitors will also be entered into a contest to win two free 10-game mini-season plans.

In order to qualify for prizes, participants must choose the “show email” option when entering the contest.

Long-distance Rockford RiverHawks fan Colin Baumgartner, known online as “Weagles”, has won each of the first two tournaments.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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