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.
Wildcat sophomore Trevor Brandvold capped off a 40-4 season with a runner-up finish at 160 pounds at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison. Wildcat freshman Jake Radkey-Pechacek just missed out on a medal by going 1-2 at 119 pounds. Radkey-Pechacek ends his season with a record of 30-16. "Jake and Trevor really had a lot of fun with this experience," head coach Dave Brandvold said.
Sophomore Jake Voeltz scored 30 points, junior Tyler Obermueller added 19 and senior Jesse Elling chipped in with 18 to lead the Wildcat boys basketball team to a 90-70 win over Durand at the high school Tuesday night. The first-round regional win in the WIAA playoffs sends the No. 3 seed Wildcats into the semifinals at No. 2 Black River Falls Thursday night at 7 p.m. Obermueller scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter to help the Cats take a 23-16 first quarter lead.
The Wildcat hockey team stormed from behind to beat Baldwin-Woodville 8-2 in a first-round WIAA regional contest at Wildcat Centre last Tuesday but saw its season come to and end with a 7-1 loss at Menomonie Friday. At home Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville, the Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Cats responded with eight unanswered goals to win the first round playoff game. "After giving up two goals early we really took it to Baldwin" Wildcat coach Rick Hansen said. "They had a difficult time getting the puck out of the zone against us.
In the final seconds of Saturday night's home basketball game between UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville, as the Falcons were poised to win their first conference championship since 1950, public address announcer Ogden Rogers reminded nearly 1,600 fans not to run onto the court when the game ended. But Jim Larson, an otherwise law-abiding citizen of River Falls, just couldn't help himself. "I've been waiting 30 years for this," Larson, 52, said.
Freshman Jacob Radkey-Pechacek and sophomore Trevor Brandvold will represent River Falls when the 2004 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament gets underway Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Brandvold pinned his way through three matches to win the championship at 160 pounds at Saturday's Chippewa Falls sectional while Radkey-Pechacek finished second at 119. Both will be making their first trips to the state tournament. "This is the most exciting tournament in the state by far," Wildcat head coach Dave Brandvold said.
Twelve Wildcat wrestlers advanced to Saturday's WIAA Sectional Tournament after qualifying at the regional tourney in Superior over the weekend. Saturday's sectional will begin at 11 a.m. at Chippewa Falls. The top two wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships Feb.
The Wildcat gymnastics team capped an undefeated dual season with a 139.45 to 127.225 win over Red Wing last Tuesday and will next compete in the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Championships Saturday at noon at Meyer Middle School. Natalie Langlois and Katherine Penton swept the top two spots in the all-around to help the Cats to their win over Red Wing last week.
Next stop Baldwin. That's where the Wildcat girls basketball team opens up regional play after wrapping up the regular season Tuesday night at Durand. The Cats take on Baldwin-Woodville in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 Regional Tournament this Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. A win over the Blackhawks will send the Cats to Altoona to take on the top-seeded Rails two nights later on Thursday, Feb. 26. The regional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb.