The "Fearsome Foursome" may be gone from its state runner-up team from a year ago, but the Wildcat boys golf team looks like it has reloaded and is ready to contend for another conference title and a berth in the state tournament. The Cats lost seniors Travis Meyer, Andy Rauscher, Tim Schultz and Brad Obermueller from the team that fell one stroke short of a second consecutive state title in 2003.
The Wildcat girls track and field team posted 11 first place finishes on its way to winning the first outdoor meet of the season at the Osceola Quad Thursday in Osceola. The Wildcat boys finished third with three first place performers. River Falls won the girls portion of the meet with 142 points with Osceola second with 92.5, Somerset third with 37.5 and Hudson fourth with 0.
After three one-goal losses in its first three games of the season, the Wildcat girls soccer team kept Rice Lake off the scoreboard Thursday on its way to posting a 2-0 win over the Warriors. The Cats opened the week with a 3-2 loss at Eau Claire North Tuesday.
Sarah Stoffa allowed just two hits and every Wildcat batter in the lineup scored at least one run as the Wildcat softball team posted a 17-1 win in its season opener at Barron April 3. Stoffa struck out eight and walked just three while the Cats belted out seven hits and reached base nine times on walks. Head coach Paul Haugland said he couldn't have asked for a better performance for the first game of the season. "For a first game it was great," he said. "We made no errors, which is crucial, and we got some hits. We also learned how important control is.
Spring break took a toll on the Wildcat boys tennis team in its first two matches of the season last week. The shorthanded Cats came out on the short end of identical 6-1 scores in losses to Baldwin-Woodville and New Richmond. Sophomore newcomer Michael Kujak accounted for the lone Wildcat victories in the first two matches by posting a pair of three-set wins at the No. 4 singles spot. "All of our boys played well this week, considering none of them were playing at their normal spots," head coach Steve Papp said.
The Wildcat boys and girls track and field teams eased out of the indoor portion of their schedules by hosting the River Falls Quad last Tuesday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. The Cats' next action will be outdoors at Osceola on Thursday, April 15. The girls tied for second and the boys placed fourth at last Tuesday's RF Quad. Amery won the girls competition with a total of 96 points followed by Hudson and River Falls with 66 and Spooner with 25.
River Falls Squirt "A" youth hockey coach Mark Pilney said there's a good reason the River Falls Youth Hockey Association sent four teams to state tournaments and came away with one champion and one third place team. "In my opinion, what happened to both the Squirt and Pee Wee teams is a direct result of the youth hockey association putting up that building," he said about the two-year-old Wildcat Centre, the place all the local teams call home. Pilney's opinion was reinforced last week when his Squirt "B" team won the Minnesota District 8 playoffs.
Things looked bleak for the River Falls Pee Wee "A" youth hockey team as it prepared to take the ice for the final period of the season last week Sunday. The Pee Wee squad trailed Eagle River 5-2 after two periods of the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association State Tournament championship game in Onalaska.
Maybe they just like chilly rides on top of fire trucks. Or maybe the Wildcat gymnastics program just may be one of the best in the history of Wisconsin. The Cats took a big step towards confirming the latter Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids when they won their third straight WIAA Division 2 state championship. Only three other schools in the history of the state tournament - Nicolet, DePere and Waukesha West - have won three straight state titles.
Over 70 people took part in the inaugural Kilkarney Klassic 5K and 15K Snowshoe Race Saturday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. The event was a fundraiser for the River Falls High School track and cross country teams and helped raise over $600 that will go towards purchasing a tent for the teams to use as a shelter at their meets. Jay Punke of Wausau was the overall winner in the 15K, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 18 seconds while Cynthia Brochman of Minneapolis was the women's winner in 1:21.52.