For Immediate Release
Huntingburg, IN - The Dubois County Bombers have announced a change in team ownership, effective immediately. A new ownership group consisting of Justin Knepp, Ara (Uebelhor) Knepp, and Barton Lewis have acquired majority control of the team and its operations from longtime local owners/operators, Mike & Mary Uebelhor, Ashley Blessinger and others.
Members of the new group are no strangers to the team or to Dubois County. Justin & Ara Knepp have been minority owners of the team since 2015 with local ties to the area and the community. Ara (Uebelhor) Knepp was born and raised in Huntingburg, IN and is a 1999 graduate of Southridge High School. Justin Knepp is a 1999 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School in nearby Daviess County. Their last eight summers have been spent attending countless Bombers games with their three young boys. Justin previously worked for the team as the Director of Online Ticketing. Both Justin and Ara own and manage multiple, successful businesses throughout the Fishers and Indianapolis areas.
Barton Lewis hails from Carmel, Indiana and is a 1998 graduate of Western Boone High School and has attended many Dubois County Bombers games over the last five years. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Indianapolis in Visual Communications, he will bring a fresh new focus on the creative, visual, and social media direction of the team, including a new emphasis on branding, videography and more. He also brings a deep and passionate baseball background to the organization.
“Simply put, the three of us are baseball fanatics, Dubois County Bombers fanatics, and League Stadium fanatics” noted (Justin) Knepp. “We will bring an exciting new energy and enthusiasm to the team with a huge focus on increased entertainment before, during and after each game.”
All three members of the new ownership group will be living in Dubois County for the duration of the entire summer season each year to operate and manage the team with a hands-on approach.
“I’m excited to return to the community that I love to elevate our fan and player experience to rival any baseball organization at any level,” added (Ara) Knepp.
“We recognize how special this organization is and how special League Stadium is,” added Lewis. “If you already enjoy the Dubois County Bombers experience at League Stadium now, you won’t believe some of the things we’re bringing to the 2023 season to make the game day experience even more fun and memorable for families.”
Mike Uebelhor, Mary Uebelhor and Ashley Blessinger will step aside after nine successful years of leading the team and creating a family-friendly atmosphere and experience that’s second to none in the area and the Ohio Valley League. They will remain involved in 2023 in advisory roles to assist with a smooth transition for the new owners.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the new ownership and the new direction of the team,” shared (Mike) Uebelhor. “We know these individuals well and they were our first choice. We’re confident the organization and the team are in great hands moving forward,” he added.
The 2023 Bombers season will kick off in late May or early June with the schedule to be announced later this year. To stay up to date with the team and all news, or to purchase season tickets, please visit DCBombers.com.
About the Dubois County Bombers
The Dubois County Bombers are a summer collegiate baseball team who play in the Ohio Valley League, a wooden bat league consisting of 11 teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. Players are hand recruited from colleges and universities from all over the United States. The Bombers play the highest quality of contemporary baseball in one of the most unique and “throwback” settings imaginable in historic League Stadium–a stadium that’s rich in both baseball and Hollywood history. Dubois County Bombers games are a one-of-a-kind entertainment and fan experience for adults and kids alike.
Bombers finish the 2022 season as Ohio Valley League Runner Ups. Congrats on a great season, fellas!