Published On: November 18th, 2021

Mankato and Wisconsin Rapids receive honors for the 2021 season

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has announced that the Mankato MoonDogs and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters organizations are receiving the 2021 Northwoods League Best Webcasting Game Coverage award.

The Northwoods League Best Webcasting Game Coverage award is presented to a team in each division that is considered to consistently have the best on-air coverage of its’ games. The award recognizes that to consistently produce and broadcast high quality game productions requires that a production team works together to ensure that the camera work, graphics, announcing, audio, and attention to detail are excellent.

“Congratulations to the Mankato MoonDogs organization in the Great Plains Division, and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters organization in the Great Lakes Division, for winning the Best Webcasting Game Coverage award for the 2021 season. It’s a credit to the organizations and to their talented webcasting team members that they were selected as the best in this category,” said Northwoods League, Great Plains Division President, Glen Showalter. “It’s clear that this is great exposure for our webcasting team members, many of whom are in college broadcasting programs and are looking for a valuable experience to hone their skills and get exposure to a lot of eyeballs to help advance them in their future careers.”

he Northwoods League offered its’ streaming service Free to the viewing public in 2021, which included all the games streamed live and on-demand and thousands of previous seasons on-demand games. The League had over 800,000 views of its’ games and 18.4 million minutes of streaming on mobile devices and PCs alone in 2021, not including the views on over-the-top applications such as Roku, AppleTV, AndroidTV, and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

“I’m incredibly proud of my webcasting team for their accomplishments this year,” said MoonDogs General Manager Tyler Kuch. “The dedication and effort they put into making this broadcast a pleasant viewing experience went above and beyond all expectations. This crew truly earned this award and I’m happy that they are being recognized for their performance.”

Northwoods League teams recruit talented individuals for their webcasting teams each season, many of which are in excellent college broadcasting programs at top level schools. These webcasting teams consist of directors, announcers, producers, and camera operators, all of which work together to produce and stream quality games for the viewers.

“This award is a testament to the hard work of our broadcast team this summer,” said Rafters General Manager Andy Francis. “The group of interns behind our production came in each day ready to do better than the last. All consistently performing at a high level from start to finish. They worked well as a team which I believe led to great creative content as well.”

“The high level of quality in Northwoods League game day tv production is a credit to teams like the Mankato MoonDogs and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters,” said Northwoods League Executive Producer, George Giles.  “I want to congratulate and recognize the Mankato MoonDogs and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters organizations for earning the Best Webcasting Game Coverage award in their respective divisions. Nicely done.”

The Northwoods League offers free viewing options to fans who want to watch the games live or on-demand in the comfort of their homes. Fans can watch games on their own televisions using AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, and AndroidTV, in addition to being able to watch them on their pc, mobile phone or tablet.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 270 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (LAD), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live for FREE via the Northwoods League website at For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


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