UPDATE: Sunday Guns N’ Hoses game postponed

By Brandi Makuski

The Portage Co. Guns N’ Hoses organization has postponed its Aug. 28 softball game to Oct. 9, 2022.

Field conditions were unsafe due to rainy conditions, organizers said.

The last time local law enforcement met with firefighters on the ball diamond was in 2019. The law enforcement “Guns” team bested the firefighters “Hoses” team by a score of 7-6. The pre-COVID match marked the second law enforcement win in the past six years of the event, which raises funds for various local veterans’ causes.

The family-friendly exhibition charity game will begin held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Leo “Cub” Mancheski Field at Bukolt Park, 100 Bukolt Ave., Stevens Point. The gate opens at 1 p.m. and the lineup will be presented at 2:30. The game will go on rain or shine.

There is no admission but donations will be accepted.

Stevens Point Fire Chief Jb Moody has also arranged a flyover by an Aspirus medical helicopter prior to the start of the game.

This year, the group will raise funds for Dream Flight and the Portage Co. Veterans Relief Fund—but also, the group will begin raising funds for the construction of a memorial monument honoring local veterans.

Part of the Guns N’ Hoses organizing committee gathered on Aug. 22 to announce the game. L-R: Assistant Plover Police Chief Boel Noel, Chief Ryan Fox, Stevens Point Police Chief Bob Kussow, Officer Kris Marchel, Sheriff Mike Lukas, and organizer Traci Tauferner. Firefighter members were unavailable Monday due to a high call volume. (Metro Wire photo)

“We realized many of the groups we’d previously been funding were all well-funded this year, so we’re starting to raise funds for the memorial,” said Police Chief Bob Kussow from the Stevens Point Police Department.

Kussow said the group plans to raise about $150,000 for the monument, which will be on display in one of the city’s parks. Additional details were still being determined, Kussow said.

Calling color for the game are retired police officers Kevin Ruder and Ron Carlson from the Stevens Point Police Department, who will keep the audience entertained with their local humor and knowledge of the softball diamond.

Referee positions will be manned by Portage County Executive John Pavelski, Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza, and Plover Administrator Dan Ault.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the game. The Mid-State Sisters of Skate are returning to work the concession stand. Vendors also include Polito’s Pizza and various veteran organizations.

The event will include an emergency vehicle display, a special American flag display, and a 50/50 raffle.

The organization is comprised of law enforcement from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, Stevens Point Police Department, Plover Police Department, UW-Stevens Point Police and Security, Stevens Point Fire Department, and Hull Fire/EMS.

Since its inception in 2014, the organization has raised over $134,000 for Portage Co. veterans of military service and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, the Portage Co. Veterans Emergency Services Fund, and other local veteran causes.

Watch the group’s Facebook page for further updates.