The River Falls America Legion baseball team kicked off its 2009 summer season with a 12-6 victory over Prescott Thursday in River Falls. Five River Falls pitchers combined to allow Prescott hits with starter Curtis Christensen earning the win, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine and walking one in three innings of work. Greg Cheever followed Christensen with two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball before Rickey Troester was tagged for four runs without getting an out in the sixth.
Junior Marty Herum leads a list of four Wildcats who have been named to 2009 All-Big Rivers Conference baseball teams. Herum, who led the Wildcats in nearly every offensive category despite a season cut short by a broken ankle, was named to the All-BRC first team at shortstop. Also honored by the conference coaches were juniors Tyler Hunter and Austin Johnson and senior Curtis Christensen.
Part of the $16-million renovation to UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Stadium over the past year included expanding the running track from nine to 10 lanes. Too bad the WIAA didn't expand the field of event finalists to match. If it did, River Falls' Yanique Black may have had a chance to contend for a medal at last weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Black posted the 10th fastest time in the girls' 100 meter dash during the three heats of Friday's qualifying races.
Every summer since Pierce County Sheriff's Investigator Jim Dollahon died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 38, his wife Julie has spearheaded a golf tournament in Jim's name to benefit area children and families in need. Six months after his death in August of 2000 Julie, along with Jim's friends and coworkers, put together the very first James. F. Dollahon Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit area children and families in need.
The Wildcat baseball team defeated New Richmond, 5-3, in a WIAA regional semifinal game last Tuesday in River Falls but had its season some to an end with a 2-0 loss at Hudson in the regional championship game Friday. It was the sixth straight year the Cats ended the season with a loss in a regional championship game. They completed this year with a record of 16-12, 3-9 in the Big Rivers Conference. "Our conference record was, no doubt, disappointing, as we let too many games slip away from us," head coach Ryan Bishop said.
All nine batters in the Fighting Fish lineup scored a run and the Fish pounded out 15 hits, including four by third baseman Nathan Brom, as River Falls defeated the Hudson River Rats, 9-7, in a St. Croix Valley Baseball League game Sunday at the high school field. Brom went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored to lead the Fish hit parade and Ryan Gilbertson and Rick Wells shut down the River Rats over the final two innings to preserve the win as the Fish improved to 2-1 in SCVBL play. River Falls will travel to Ellsworth to face the Hubbers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
River Falls will be well represented at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships this weekend in La Crosse. Yanique Black, Kali Kramolis and Colin Rogers all won individual championships to lead the Wildcat charge at Friday's sectional meet in Wausau, while Emily Snyder, Lucy Ramquist and Sean Gilbert finished in the top three in their respective events to qualify for the state meet. Black and Kramolis also teamed up with Tessa Coggio and Abbey Berg to earn a spot at state in the 4 X 200 meter relay.
The Wildcat baseball team dropped its final two games of the regular season, 17-7 to Ellsworth last Tuesday and 12-3 to Eau Claire North Thursday. The Cats opened WIAA regional play Tuesday at home against New Richmond with the winner traveling to Hudson for the regional final Friday at 4:30 p.m. Check out www.riverfallsournal.com for results. "We need to get mentally tougher.
River Falls will have representatives in five individual events and one relay at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 5-6 in La Crosse. Yanique Black, Kali Kramolis and Colin Rogers all won individual championships to lead the Wildcat charge at Friday's sectional meet in Wausau. Black won the sectional championship in the girls 100 meter dash with a time of 12.48 seconds and took second in the 200 meter dash in 26.07 seconds to move on to the state meet in both events. Kramolis won the sectional 100 meter hurdles title in 15.45 seconds and will be joined at state by teammate Em
Marine Corps veteran Gene Schultz plays taps while fellow bugler Doug Johnson (not pictured) echoes the music from another part of the cemetery during the 2009 Memorial Day Program and River Falls Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony Monday at Greenwood Cemetery. An overflow crowd turned out to witness this year's American Legion-sponsored program, which marked the official unveiling of the new memorial. The ceremony was preceded by a parade from the America Legion Hall and also included an Air National Guard flyover, a parachutist delivering an American flag, musical performances by the hi