It may be every team's goal to finish first, but Wildcat cross country coach Rick Cleary said he couldn't be happier with the pair of second place finishes the boys and girls teams ran to at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 16. "As a coach, I couldn't be prouder," he said. "Each team ran the fastest times in the history of River Falls High School cross country. Logan O'Grady ran the fastest time of any male runner in the history of River Falls cross country.
The Wildcat swim team picked up a big Big Rivers Conference win on the road last week in Rice Lake. The Cats racked up 800 points to Rice Lake's 400 in the meet, which was scored like an invitational with points awarded to most of the swimmers in each event regardless of place. There was no diving competition at the meet. "It was a great time for us to score a big win on the road," head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.
Logan O'Grady and Keith Behrman finished first and second, respectively, to lead the Wildcat boys to a first place team finish while the Wildcat girls placed three runners in the top 10 as both teams ran to team titles at the Amery Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday at the Amery Golf Course. O'Grady won the boys' race in 17 minutes, 3 seconds and Behrman was second in 17:06 to as the Wildcat boys finished with a total of 55 points to easily claim first ahead of Frederic with 80.
Rice Lake turned three Wildcat fumbles into points, including a 99-yard scoring drive to open up a 13-point lead late in the third quarter, on its way to defeating River Falls 40-21 in the Cats' annual Homecoming game Friday night at Ramer Field. The Wildcats were on the verge of tying the score 14-14 when quarterback Jon Szatkowski fumbled on a sneak attempt on the Warrior 1-yard line.
The Wildcat volleyball team swept a nonconference match at Ellsworth last Monday night, but 24 hours later found itself on the other end of a three-game sweep in a Big Rivers Conference contest at Rice Lake. The Cats defeated Ellsworth 29-27, 25-19, 25-17 Monday night before falling 16-25, 23-25, 19-25 the next night at Rice Lake. Head coach Kristin Brandt said the Cats settled down nicely after pulling out a close win in the first game of Monday night's match at Ellsworth. "We played well, and after the first game we didn't give Ellsworth a chance to get back in the m
Wildcat cross country coach Rick Cleary cut his runners loose last Tuesday at the Hudson Invitational, and the result was a team title for both the boys and girls. The Wildcat boys finished first out of 11 teams with a total of 43 points while the girls finished first with a total of 37. Hudson took second in the boys' competition with 62 and Chisago Lakes was third with 107 while Hudson finished with 48 and Rice Lake 111 to round out the top three girls' team finishers. "This was a fun meet to watch," Cleary said.
Megan Carter finished fourth and the No. 1 doubles team of Gloria Anderson and Jessica Johnson earned the consolation championship as the Wildcat girls tennis team finished seventh at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Tournament Saturday in Eau Claire. Carter advanced to the third place match at No. 3 singles before losing to Menomonie's Kirsten Lacksonen to finish in fourth place. "Megan played well," head coach Steve Papp said. "She definitely seems to be the No.
The Wildcat girls swimming and diving team dropped a 115-55 decision to Chippewa Falls last Thursday at the high school pool. The Cats will compete at the Eau Claire North Invitational Saturday, Sept. 25 before hosting Eau Claire Memorial next Thursday, Sept. 30. Last Thursday against Chippewa Falls, Carly Hill finished first in the 100 butterfly and took second in the 100 breaststroke while helping the Wildcat 200 free style and 200 medley relay teams to second place finishes.
The high school's cross country teams got a taste of what it's like to run in a big meet at the 48th annual Smiley Invitational in Wausau Saturday. Head coach Rick Cleary wanted his teams to experience a big meet setting, but with the Hudson Invitational on the schedule just three days later the Wildcats approached the Smiley Invite as just another workout. Still, the girls' team finished third in the Division 1 small school division while the boys finished fourth.
It may not have been the best score of the season, but Monday's team total of 202 at Hillcrest Country Club in Eau Claire was enough to give the Wildcat girls golf team a one-point lead in the Big Rivers Conference standings heading into Thursday's conference tournament. The Cats tied Eau Claire Memorial with identical scores of 202 while Hudson came in with 213 to give the Cats a one-point edge in the final regular season BRC standings. Thursday (Sept. 23) all the BRC teams will return to Hillcrest to play for the BRC championship.