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Published On: August 11th, 2023

Wausau, WI. – Congratulations to Jesse Donohoe, Dalton Pearson, and Colin Brueggemann for being selected to the NWL Post Season All-Star Team.


Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced the 2023 Postseason All-Star Team and award winners on Friday, August 11. Duluth shortstop Michael Hallquist was named the League’s Most Valuable Player and Green Bay’s Brett Sanchez was named Pitcher of the Year as voted by the League’s coaches and members of the media. Freddy Smith from Willmar was named the Manager of the Year and Jack Schaffer from Bismarck won the Coach of the Year Award.

Hallquist was also a 2023 mid-season All-Star for the Huskies. For the season, he is hitting .353 with 13 home runs, 18 doubles, three triples and 59 RBI. He is a native of Fargo, North Dakota.

Sanchez, a right-handed pitcher from the Green Bay Rockers, was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year. Sanchez has appeared in 10 games and is 6-2 with a 3.23 ERA. In 61.1 innings he has struck out 73 batters while walking only 10. He also pitched .2 innings in the Great Lakes All-Star game and struck out two.

Wisconsin Rapids outfielder Brendan Bobo was also selected for the Postseason All-Star Team and is currently tied for the league in home runs with Hallquist at 13.

Hallquist, Sanchez and Bobo are among the 30 players selected to the NWL’s Postseason All-Star team.

The Willmar Stingers led all teams with four selections while the Duluth Huskies, Kalamazoo Growlers, Madison Mallards, Mankato MoonDogs, Wausau Woodchucks, and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters each had three players selected.

In his second season in Willmar as Field Manager, Freddy Smith of the Stingers is the 2023 Manager of the Year. The Stingers currently have the best overall record in the league at 49-16 and are the First Half Champions in the Great Plains West Division.

Jack Schaffer earned the award for 2023 Coach of the Year in the Northwoods League. Schaffer is in his first season with the Bismarck Larks. In 2020, Jack played for the Traverse City Pit Spitters and in 2022 he served as an intern/coach for the Willmar Stingers.

Full 2023 Postseason Roster can be found here: 2023 Postseason Rosters