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Falcon Briefs: Three named All-WIAC men's hoops; Sorenson qualifies for nationals

Three named All-WIAC men's hoops

UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink is a repeat selection to the All-WIAC First Team while classmate Brennan Witt earned honorable mention and senior Devin Buckley was named to the All-Sportsmanship team, the conference announced last week.

Herink, a Hudson native, led the Falcons in scoring for the second straight season with an average of 15.4 points per game. His 39 three-pointers and 114 free throws were both the most by any Falcon and he was the team's second-leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 per contest.

In his two-year career at UWRF, Herink scored 878 points (15.67 per game), made 82 three-pointers, grabbed 343 rebounds and made 216 free throws. He shot a career 82 percent from the free throw line.

Witt, a Champlin, Minn. native, was the WIAC's top rebounder with an average of 7.5 per game while averaging 12.5 points and shooting a team-high 58.3 percent from the field. He finished his career ranked 10th on UWRF's all-time rebounding list with 483.

Buckley, a Brooklyn Park, Minn. native, fought through injury this season to finish the year ranked second on the team with 47 assists and 24 steals. He was sixth in scoring with 168 points. In his four-year career at UW-River Falls, Buckley scored 757 points, drained 112 three-pointers and 155 free throws.

Three on All-WIAC women's hoops teams

The UWRF women's basketball team has landed three members on the 2017-18 All-WIAC Team. Seniors Taylor Karge and Brynn Liljander were named first team All-WIAC while sophomore Crystal Pearson received honorable mention. Karge was also named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Karge, a Mankato, Minn. native, led the Falcons with 161 rebounds this season, averaging 6.2 per game. She also led the Falcons with 38 blocked shots. She was second on the team in scoring and assists, averaging 11.9 points and 1.5 assists per game. She finished the season ranked eighth in the WIAC in both scoring and rebounding. During Karge's career at UW-River Falls she scored 1,338 points and pulled down 598 rebounds.

Liljander, an Isanti, Minn. native, was the Falcons' top scorer with an average of 15-8 points while recording a team-high 41 steals and 62 assists. She led the WIAC in three-pointers made, hitting 58 on the year, ranked second in the league in scoring and third in free throw percentage after shooting 83 percent from the line. In Liljander's three-year career at UW-River Falls she scored 883 points, averaging 14.7 per game, made 118 three-pointers, and shot a career 82 percent from the free throw line.

Pearson, a Browerville native, led the Falcons this season in field goal percentage, shooting 52.9 percent from the field. She was second on the team with 50 made free throws and third on the team in points (9.8 per game), assists (1.6 per game) and rebounds (4.6 per game).

Sorenson qualifies for nationals

Senior pole vaulter Colton Sorensen competed in the Last Chance meet at UW-Stevens Point Saturday, March 3, and secured his spot in the NCAA National indoor meet with a jump of 4.91 meters (16-feet, 1-inch).

Sorensen was sitting at 14th in the country in the pole vault before Saturday. His jump of 4.91 meters moved him from 14th to 10th and qualified him for nationals. His jump of 4.91 is just .01 off his personal record jump of 4.92 meters, which is also the UWRF school record.

Sorensen will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the national championships on Friday March 9 at 3:30 p.m.

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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