Northwoods League announces realignment
By: Duluth News Tribune, Superior Telegram
The Northwoods League on Monday announced that the Eau Claire Express will move to the North Division starting in 2014, a move made necessary by the pending arrival of new franchises in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Kenosha, Wis.
"We hate to see Eau Claire leaving the South Division and the rest of our Wisconsin teams," Northwoods League President Dick Radatz Jr. said in a news release. "But geography and maintaining the integrity of league play has dictated such."
Kenosha and Kalamazoo, which will start play in 2014, will be added to the South, giving each division nine teams.
The Duluth Huskies play in the North Division, along with Waterloo, Mankato, St. Cloud, Willmar, Alexandria, Thunder Bay, Rochester and now Eau Claire. The retooled South, meanwhile, will be comprised of Lakeshore, Madison, Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin Rapids, Green Bay, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Kenosha.
Also in the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks announced last week that Eddy Morgan will return as manager next season. Morgan, the former UW-Superior coach, led the Chinooks to the NWL playoffs last summer in his first year at the helm.