It's hard to imagine a more difficult 24 hours for
the Winona State football team.
The Warriors are grieving the loss of a teammate.
Lineman Shawn Afryl.
He died last night in a voluntary workout.
He was only 22.
Afryl was an offensive lineman at Illinois.
He was going to be a defensive lineman for the Warriors
and they expected big things from him.
So Assistant coach Cam Keller says the team's taken
He says the number one priority now .
at the team meeting tonight and moving forward .
is to help everyone overcome it.
We'll try to do everything we can to make the grieving
process as smooth as possible for our players.
That's the most important thing for us right now is
to make sure that Shawn's family gets shown the amount
of support that they're deserving of and to make sure
that our players are allowed to grieve properly and
we give them all the resources that are at our disposal
to make sure that they heal in the way that's best
As of this evening .
Keller said there were no immediate plans to honor
They hadn't had those conversations yet.
But he said .
it's certainly motivation.
The stars were out at Kapco Park in mequon tonight.
Bud Selig on hand.
Robin Yount threw out the 1-st pitch.
Loggers 2-nd baseman Ryne Birk hit leadoff for the
Outfielder Mike Nadratowski batted 5-th.
And pitcher Breckin Williams recorded one out.
It was a strikeout.
South Division beats the North 3-0.
The Loggers resume play Thursday at Green Bay.
Playoffs begin tomorrow for legion baseball teams.
Regionals for our local squads are at Copeland Park
and in Holmen .
West Salem and Viroqua.
Onalaska has high hopes.
They're ranked 2-nd in the latest double-A poll.
They play in the Holmen regional tomorrow.
Ona opens against Baraboo .
a team they're more than familiar with.
Swiggum We swept them in two close ballgames at our
They're a well-coached team, they're actually hosting
double-A State this year so they're going to be all
We beat them in I think a 4-2, 4-1 ballgame.
Freybler We'll have to be sound in the field, we'll
have to play really well there and we'll have to probably
pick up our hitting a little more and be more constant
through all the innings that we play.
Swiggum They're going to play clean baseball.
We just need to hit the ball.
We'll be right back.