The only thing the Wildcats boys' basketball team's two games last week had in common is that they were both victories. After surviving a sluggish effort that saw them hit just 9 of 46 field goal attempts in a 33-28 nonconference victory Tuesday night over Amery, the Wildcats hit their shots, pounded the boards and dove for loose balls in Friday night's 40-35 Big Rivers Conference win over Hudson. "They were two opposite types of games," River Falls head coach Greg Gaulke said. "Tuesday night there just wasn't a lot of emotion. We were cold and they were cold.
The defending state champion St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team remained undefeated with a pair of big victories last week, 7-3 over Big Rivers Conference foe Chippewa Falls Tuesday and 4-1 over 2008 the 2008 state champion Central Wisconsin Storm Saturday. Saturday's game featured the top two teams in the state with the No. 1 Fusion hosting the No. 2 Storm, and was a rematch of last year's state semifinal, a 2-1 double overtime victory for the Fusion. "We knew we had to play well to beat this team, and that's what we did," head coach Matt Cranston said.
After posting its highest season-opening score ever two weeks ago, the Wildcat gymnastics team raised the bar even higher in a pair of meets last week. River Falls opened the season with a team score of 137.475 to win the Wisconsin Rapids Invitational Dec. 5. Thursday night it upped the total to 139.0 to defeat Red Wing, Minn., by nearly five full points in a nonconference dual meet at Meyer Middle School.
The Wildcat boys' swimming and diving team defeated Rice Lake, 92-71, in the home opener Thursday before turning in some strong performances at the Raider Invitational in Hudson Saturday. "All the guys really look forward to the first meet at home, and it was nice this year that our first dual meet at home was a win," head coach Brady McAdams said.
The Wildcat wrestling team bounced back from a Big Rivers Conference loss to Chippewa Falls Thursday to take first place Saturday at the Wisconsin Dells Dual Tournament. Six Wildcats went undefeated at The Dells to help the Cats post a 5-0 team record. "We were really flat on Thursday night against Chippewa Falls," co-head coach Brady Cudd said about the Cats' 46-21 loss to the Cardinals. "On Saturday we wrestled much better.
Six River Falls wrestlers went undefeated Tuesday to advance to today's (Wednesday) semifinals of the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic at River Falls High School. River Falls currently leads in the team standings of the 38-team tournament with 220 points. Peter Wolff (119 pounds), Logan Cudd (125), Cam Loomis (140), Josh Kinneman (171), Matt Linehan (215) and Nick Johnson (285) all went 3-0 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals in their respective weight classes. Three other Wildcats--Nathan Kinneman (103), Adam Figi (152), and Tyson Bystrom (189) lost once Monday and will wrestle today for
The Wildcat wrestling team opened the season by dominating Eau Claire North in a dual meet Thursday and taking second place at the 9-team Ellsworth Invitational Dec. 5. The Cats had three individual champions and five runners-up at Ellsworth to take second behind the host Panthers. "Saturday was a great day to see where we are at as a team," co-head coach Joe Cudd said.
One of the big question marks surrounding this year's Wildcat boys' basketball team going into the season was who was going to pick up the scoring after the graduation of three-all-conference players from last year's team. It got an answer in the championship game of the Red Wing Tip-Off Classic Saturday as four players scored in double figures to lead the Cats to the tournament title. River Falls defeated Faribault 71-62 in the championship game after beating tourney host Red Wing, 64-49, in Friday's semifinal.
The Wildcat wrestling team opened the season by dominating Eau Claire North in a dual meet Thursday and taking second place at the 9-team Ellsworth Invitational on Saturday. The Cats had three individual champions and five runners-up at Ellsworth to take second behind the host Panthers. "Saturday was a great day to see where we are at as a team," co-head coach Joe Cudd said.
The first snowstorm of the season has forced the postponement of some local high school sporting events scheduled for tonight (Tuesday). Tuesday night's River Falls High School girls' basketball, boys' basketball and girls' hockey games have all been postponed. The Wildcat girls' basketball game against Baldwin-Woodville, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in River Falls, has been cancelled, as have the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey game against the Eau Claire Area Stars, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire, and the Wildcat boys' basketball game slated for 7:30 p.m.