SPOONER– A spaghetti feed will be held at Tony’s Riverside to help raise funds for Spooner Rail senior football player Brad Baker, the son of Laura and Brad Baker, who has been named to the roster of the Small North (Divisions 4-7) All-Star team.
For the charity game, each player must raise at least $750, which will partly offset the expense of staying at the UW-Oshkosh dorms for a week to practice. Baker has already started raising funds. Adults are $7 and kids $4 for the dinner.
A 2nd Team Heart O’ North selection this past season, Baker will play strong guard in the game. The senior is 6’1” and weighs 270 pounds. Besides football, he also participates in wrestling and track.
The 2015 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Charity Football Game benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will take place on Saturday, July 18 at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The Small North game will be played at 2 p.m. There will also be games at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. featuring 8-man teams and the North and South Large teams, WIAA Divisions 1-3.
Games kickoff starting at 10 a.m. with 8-man football first. Divisions 4-7 play at 2 p.m., and Divisions 1-3 play at 6 p.m. Free tickets are available, please call Spooner High School at 715.635.2172.
This remarkable event brings together the state's best high school football players to compete in three all-star games, while raising thousands of dollars for the care of children.
“I was pretty excited when the coaches gave me a call,” said Baker. “This is very exciting. I’ll be playing offensive line in the game. My parents are very excited about this.”
Baker is carrying on a tradition of Spooner Rails being chosen for the game. Previously, former Rail stand-outs Logan Anderson, Eric Bitney and Tanner Vik have all represented Spooner in the All-star game at Oshkosh.
“Brad is the fourth Spooner Rail in a row,” said his coach, Jeromie Voeltz. “That says something about our program.
Baker has been offered a position at University of Wisconsin-River Falls next fall, but has not yet decided what he wants to do as far as college.
“If I did go, I would play football,” he confirmed.
Coach Voeltz will be attending the All-star game to cheer on his former player, a senior who will graduate this spring.
“I’m not coaching, but I’ll go down and support Brad at the game,” he said.
“I have donation jars in Spooner and people who want to donate can call me at 715.416.3421,” said Baker, who also has a website where people can donate at to his page at www.firstgiving.com.
The main focus of the game is helping the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the only hospital in Wisconsin dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children.
“One of the kids will be with us on the sidelines during the game,” said Baker, who will also visit kids at the hospital. “I am thankful for the opportunity not only to play, but to help raise money for these kids.”
“This is a good thing for Spooner, a good exclamation point for Brad ending his career as a Rail,” said Coach Voeltz.