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Falcon running back John Schimenz was been named the WIAC football Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete for the 2012 season. UWRF photo.

Falcon opener Sept. 6 against St. John's

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Falcon opener Sept. 6 against St. John's
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The UW-River Falls football team will kick off the 2013 season under the lights Friday night, Sept. 6, at home against St. John’s.

For the first time in 60 years, St. John’s will take the field under a coach other than the legendary John Gagliardi, who retired at the end of the 2012 season at the age of 86. Gagliardi’s 489 wins are the most by any college coach at any level. He guided St. John’s to four national championships.


Gary Fasching, a 1981 St. John’s graduate and former assistant under Gagliardi, takes over the team, which finished 5-5 last season.

Matt Walker begins his third season as UWRF head coach in 2013. Walker has a record of 3-17 in his first two seasons, including 2-8 overall and 2-5 in WIAC play a year ago.

Walker, 35, was the head football coach at DePauw University from 2006-09 and compiled a 22-8 overall record. His teams finished 13-7 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and placed second in the final conference standings in 2007 and 2008.

The Falcons’ game against St. John’s kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

Whitewater picked to win soccer crown

UW-Whitewater, the three-time defending conference champion, has been selected to secure the 2013 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s soccer title, according to the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

UW-River Falls was picked to finish sixth in the nine team league.

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Oshkosh, despite not garnering any first place votes, are picked to finish second and third, respectively, while UW-Stevens Point secured the remaining first-place nod and is slotted for fourth in the nine-team league race.

UW-La Crosse is predicted to finish fifth, followed by UWRF, UW-Stout, UW-Platteville and UW-Superior.

UWRF’s 2013 roster includes three seniors, three juniors and five sophomores.  The Falcons return senior Alyssa Manor of Stillwater, who was second on the team with six goals and 18 points a season ago, and ranks seventh on the schools’ all-time assist list and 14th on the career points chart. Also back are senior goalkeeper Becca Kramer of St. Michael, Minn., and junior goalkeeper Emily Hancock of Eagan, Minn., who helped the team register six shutouts — the second most in a single season in school history.

The Falcons open the season at the St. Catherine Tournament in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31.

Pat Hunter
(715) 425-1561