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Wildcat senior Tessa Wells (2) headlines the 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Basketball Team. Wells, who led the BRC in scoring this season with an average of 17.7 points per game, will join the basketball program at Winona State University next year. Bob Burrows photo

Three Cats named to All-BRC girls hoops team

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Wildcat senior Tessa Wells has named to the 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Basketball first team while senior Emma Purfeerst and junior Sarah Vitale received honorable mention.

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For Wells, it's the third straight year she has earned All-BRC honors. She was named to the first team for the second year in a row after earning second team honors as a sophomore in 2008. For Purfeerst it marks the second straight season she has been named honorable mention.

Wells, who will play at Winona State University next year, led the BRC in scoring this season with an average of 17.7 points per game. She scored her 1,000th career point at Rice Lake Feb. 19.

Joining Wells on the All-BRC first team were future Winona State teammate Kelsey Andrist of Menomonie, Alicia Olson of Eau Claire North, Rachel McDonald of Chippewa Falls and Leah Stanley of Menomonie.

Purfeerst earned All-BRC honorable mention for the second straight season after averaging 8.2 points per game this season while Vitale averaged 6.1 points per game.

The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 13-12 and won a WIAA Division 1 regional championship. They came within one game of earning a berth in the state tournament, losing to Wausau West, 58-42, in the sectional final game March 20.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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