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Lakeshore Chinooks join Northwoods League

MEQUON, Wis. — The Northwoods League on Tuesday added a seventh team in Wisconsin with the unveiling of the Lakeshore Chinooks.

The 2012 expansion team will make its home at Concordia University in Mequon, a northern suburb of Milwaukee.

The team's ownership group consists of several individuals, including former Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount and Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker.

The Chinooks become the first Northwoods franchise to make its home in a major metropolitan area. Metro Milwaukee lists a population of more than 1.7 million people. Mequon, which is 12 miles north of Milwaukee, has a population of around 24,000.

The Chinooks are also the first Northwoods franchise to make its home on a university campus. Concordia University is located on 200 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline. A 2,000-seat ballpark is being constructed on the campus thanks to a lead donation by Kapco Metal Stamping of Grafton, Wis. Kapco president Jim Kacmarcik is majority owner of the Chinooks.

Yount was on hand to unveil the team name and logo at the news conference Tuesday. John Hammond, general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, of the NBA, is among the group of 12 owners.

Later this fall the Northwoods will announce how the addition of the Lakeshore franchise affects divisional alignment and the overall league in 2012.