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Four River Falls High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to NCAA Division I or II institutions so far this year. From left are Eric Wunrow (Bemidji State University, football), Alex Call (Ball State University, baseball), Paige Skorseth (DePaul University, cross country/track and field) and Tiano Pupungatoa (Army, football). <i>Submitted photo</i>

Three Wildcat seniors got together at the high school to announce their college commitments on National Signing Day last month, bringing to four the number of River Falls student-athletes who have accepted scholarship offers from NCAA Division I or II schools.

Tiano Pupungatoa signed his national letter of intent to play football for Army and Eric Wunrow announced he will play football at Bemidji State University while Paige Skorseth will run cross country at DePaul University.

Last November, their classmate Alex Call signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Ball State University.

Pupungatoa, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 255 pound, two-way lineman, was honored by the state and conference coaches last season by earning All-Big Rivers Conference, All-Region and All-State honors. He was honored by conference coaches by being named to All-BRC teams on both sides of the ball -- first team offense and second team defense.

Pupungatoa was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region first team and received honorable mention to the WFCA All-State team.

He is also the RFHS school record holder in the shot put, posting a throw of 55-feet, 5.5 inches at the 2012 River Falls Invitational. He placed 12th at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships with a throw of 52-2.25. He is the son of Finau and Catherine Pupungatoa.

Wunrow, a 6-4, 210-pound tight end, was named to the All-BRC team in both his junior and senior seasons. In his final 13 games for the Wildcats, he compiled 558 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions, while also catching two passes for two-point conversions. He has also been selected to play in the 2013 WFCA All-Star Game July 20 in Oshkosh.

Wunrow owns seven letters in football and basketball at RFHS and is the son of Steven and Pam Wunrow.

Skorseth is the reigning AAU Young Women's Cross Country National Champion and was recently named a 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Finalist. She has earned ten varsity letters in cross country, track and gymnastics at RFHS and earned one BRC title, one sectional title and been named to the All-State cross country team the last three seasons.

Skorseth is a three-time state qualifier in cross country and helped the Wildcat girls to back-to-back fourth place finishes at state in 2010 and 2011 and a tenth place finish in 2009. She is also the RFHS school record holder in the indoor 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs.

A three-time state qualifier in gymnastics as well, Skorseth helped the Wildcats win a state championship in 2010 when she finished eighth in the individual all-around. She is the daughter of Pete and Lisa Skorseth.

Call committed to Ball State University for baseball on early signing day last November. He has been ranked as one of the top outfielders in the state of Wisconsin over the past three seasons. He was named to the All-BRC first team, Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-District first team and WBCA All-State third team last spring as a junior after hitting for a team-best .421 batting average.

He was also an all-conference quarterback, kicker and punter on the Wildcat football team last fall and a guard on the Cats' basketball team this season. He is the son of Marv and Katy.

Another Wildcat senior, Brad Freeborn, is expected to announce his decision on where he will play college basketball later this spring.

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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