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If You Build It They Will Come

by Tom King

You remember the movie "Field Of Dreams". Ray Kinsella builds a baseball field in the middle of his corn field and long dead players come to play. Well the Woodside Sports Complex doesnt have ghosts playing but the facility seems like baseball heaven dropped in the middle of corn country just outside Mauston, Wisconsin. The complex, four fullsize baseball and four softball diamonds, all with full artificial turf, is the brainchild of an LA businessman who bought the nearby Woodside Ranch and Conference Center. He envisioned this complex years ago and it opened last summer. Wausau East and Nekoosa played a game there last night and many other Central and Northern Wisconsin teams have joined them the last few weeks including Marathon, Stratford, Lakeland, Chequamegon, plus other teams from the Mauston area and UWSP as well.

The facility will also have many summer tournaments and player showcases and the prices seem reasonable. It was a 12 million dollar investment and another facilty like it which will include 6 soccer fields is being built near Wisconsin Dells. These guys don't mess around. I'll be back there on Saturday morning as Wausau EAst and Marshfield will square off in a baseball doubleheader while the East softball team will be playing there as well. As word gets out I would imagine more teams will take advantage of this jewel right down the road.

You can hear the Saturday games live on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9

Jabari Parker of Duke declared for the NBA draft yesterday. He should be one of the guys on the Bucks short list for their #1 pick

The Pointer baseball team is stumbling a bit...dropping back to back doubleheaders to superior and Whitewater. Thursday it was 7-4 and 5-4 in 13 innings. The two teams will square off in a another twin bill today.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Must Of Got Lost-J. Geils Band (1974) a nice slice of Boston blues-rock. Peter Wolf on lead vocals

Mustang Sally-Wilson Pickett (1966) I saw him near the end of his career but man he must have been something live in the 60's...pure soul swagger