The Peninsula Oilers are pleased to announce that Karen Kester has been elected president of the board of directors.
Kester has served as president of the Oilers Booster Club for the past several years and has handled up the organization's housing and job placement duties. Kester also is very active in many community activities and serves as the director of the North Peninsula Recreation Service area.
Mike Colton, who has served two terms as president, will remain active with the club and serve on the executive board. During Colton's tenure the organization has been able to do massive upgrades of its facilities.
Good luck to Karen and thanks to Mike.
Preparations are under way at the Oilers office for the 2003 season. Head coach Kyle DiEduardo has headed up recruiting efforts and signed contracts are starting to come in.
Garrett Schoenberger has signed to return for a second season. Schoenberger is a junior catcher at Arizona State University and is from Juneau. Schoenberger did a great job working with Oilers pitchers and as a veteran will be counted on as a team leader.
Dusty Bensko, a sophomore infielder from the University of Illinois, also has signed for the 2003 season. Bensko played for the Springfield Rifles of the Central Illinois Collegiate League last summer. Baseball America named Bensko the CICL pro prospect of the year and a member of the 2002 Summer All-American team. The native of Pleasant Plains, Ill., is majoring in sports management.
Scheduling is nearly complete for the 2003 season. The Oilers will open with the third annual Preseason Hardball Tournament. Joining the Oilers in the three-day tournament will be the Mat-Su Miners, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and the Anchorage Bucs.
Nonleague teams visiting Coral Seymour Memorial Park during the season include the Portland, Ore., Aloha Knights of the Pacific International League. The Beatrice Bruins of the M.I.N.K. League will be returning for their first visit to Alaska in over 20 years. The Bruins finished third in the 2002 National Baseball Congress World Series behind the champion Goldpanners and the runner-up Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
The California Victory Dons, an independent team that has visited Alaska for the past few years, also will make the trip north for the 2003 season.
For more information on the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers, visit the team's Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or stop by the team office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.
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