Wildcats Commit to College

Normal West Wildcats Reid Birlingmair and Mitch Fairfield have recently made commitments to continue their baseball careers in college at the Division I level.  Reid, a senior infielder in the (class of 2015),  has committed to the University of Illinois-Chicago while Mitch, a junior catcher (class of 2016), has committed to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Spring Trips 2015

Wildcat Prospects & Parents,

In planning for this spring, the varsity baseball team will be traveling to Gulf Shores, AL and Memphis, TN during late March and early April for 2 tournaments.

I have secured accommodations for the team for the trip to Gulf Shores, AL in March.  The Caribe Resort-Gulf Shores, AL (251) 980-9000 http://www.caribe-resort.net/  Player cost for this trip will be $325. Checks will be made payable to Normal West baseball.  This will cover breakfasts, suppers, transportation, accommodations, and baseball.  The player will be responsible for his lunch each day and any other spending money he might need.

I have secured accommodations for the team for the trip to Memphis, TN in April.  We will stay at the Quality Inn located in Millington, TN.  -General Manager  7726 Hwy 51 North  Millington, TN, 38053  Tel-901-873-2222  Cell-901-355-4627.  Player cost for this trip will be $100 and will cover all expenses.


Gulf Shores Tournament–Depart from Normal West on Saturday, March 21st around 6 PM.  Arrive in Gulf Shores, AL on Sunday, March 22nd.  Play games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Depart Gulf Shores, AL on Thursday, March 26th, and arrive back at Normal West on Friday, March 27th. (about 1,800 roundtrip miles)    http://www.gshsbaseball.com/#!tournaments/c1vrm

Transportation will be provided by Elegant Limousine.  The Normal West varsity baseball team will share and split the costs of the 56 passenger bus with Yorkville H.S. who will also be playing in the Gulf Shores tournament.  I spoke with Dave Quinn at Elegant Limos and we reserved a 56-passenger bus. Total Cost $6,995

We will be staying at  The Caribe Resort-Gulf Shores, AL (251) 980-9000 http://www.caribe-resort.net/
I spoke with Kaylie on July 8th.  A 25% down payment was due to make the reservations.  Our rooms will be in Building D, Units 1106 sleeps 10 $1,337.60 ($334.40 down), 1107 sleeps 10 $1,539.65 ($384.91 down), 1110 sleeps 12 $1,539.65 ($384.91 down), and PH15 sleeps 10 $1,539.65 ($384.91 down).  A down payment check was mailed in July by Cheri Sheli.


USA Classic Tournament in Memphis, TN–Leave Normal West on Wednesday, April 1st around 2 PM.  Arrive in Memphis late that evening.  Play on Thursday, April 2nd, Friday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 4th and depart for home Saturday evening. The team will be traveling in 2 of the school’s activity busses and driven by the coaches.  Trip is about 900 miles roundtrip.  I have secured accommodations for our team.  We will stay at the Quality Inn located in Millington, TN.  -General Manager  7726 Hwy 51 North  Millington, TN, 38053  Tel-901-873-2222  Cell-901-355-4627


Spring Fundraiser–In saying all of this, I want you to know that we will be doing our annual fundraiser with our letter writing and community service this spring.  For every dollar over $200 your son raises in our fundraiser, your family will have the opportunity to request all dollars over $200 raised to help pay for the trip. More information coming in March and April.

Informational Meeting for Spring 2015

Baseball Signup Meeting                          

Who:  All Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors interested in trying out for the 2015 Normal West Baseball Teams

What:  Mandatory Informational Meeting, bring a writing utensil

Where:  Senior Cafeteria

When:  Thursday, October 30th from 2:35-3:00

Why:  Signup, Tryout Info, Offseason Info, and Q & A. 2015 Wildcat Baseball Prospects,

There will be a mandatory informational baseball meeting on Thursday, October 30th from 2:35-3:00 in the Senior Cafeteria.  Information will be shared about spring tryouts and an upcoming Intramural opportunity involving strength, speed, and agility training this winter.  Announcements and flyers will be posted as a reminder throughout the week…pass the word along to anyone who might be interested in playing baseball next spring. For those that are involved with a fall sport, your coaches have been notified that you might be late to practices that evening, but you might want to remind them.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Coach Hawkins

P.S. Please bring a writing utensil.