Twenty Wildcat track and field athletes qualified for Friday's sectional meet in 16 different events at Tuesday's regional competition in River Falls. River Falls' girls finished third in the regional team standings and the boys took fourth, while the two teams combined for five individual championships. In the girls' portion of the meet, Yanique Black and Abbey Berg each qualified for the sectional meet in three events. Black won the 100 meter dash in 12.78 seconds and finished third in the 200 in 26.43.
The Wildcat baseball team played error-free defense and four different pitchers combined to walk just four batters while sweeping a doubleheader at St. Croix Falls, 6-2 and 7-0 Thursday. Austin Johnson picked up the complete game win in the first game, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking two. Jack Herum threw five innings of scoreless ball in the nightcap, allowing just three hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team defeated Rice Lake, 2-1 in overtime, before battling Eau Claire North to a 1-1 double overtime tie in its final two games of the regular season last week. The Cats finished with records of 12-3-4 overall and 7-3-2 in the Big Rivers Conference. They earned the No. 3 seed in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament and will host sixth-seeded Menomonie Thursday at 5 p.m. at Wildcat Field. The winner will face either No. 2 Hudson or No.
Colin Rogers and Natalie Powell both won their respective 3200 meter races and Kali Kramolis and Yanique Black each won a championship and had a hand in another at the 2009 Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday in Hudson. Overall, the Wildcats won conference titles in six different events. The girls finished second in the team standings with 128 points and the boys took third with 98. Hudson earned both the girls' and boys' team titles. Rogers won the boys' 3200 meter run in 10 minutes, 7.75 seconds, while Powell took the girls' title in 12:22.9.
Three-and-a-half-year-old Hunter Davis of River Falls shows the Fighting Fish amateur baseball team's new mascot what he thinks of it by giving it a big hug at the Fish's home opener against Menomonie Saturday at the high school field. The Fish, members of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League and featuring a number of former local high school players, defeated the Eagles 6-0. See Sports, Page B3 in this week's River Falls Journal.
The River Falls Fighting Fish never let the Menomonie Eagles get close Saturday. Three Fish pitchers combined to strike out nine Eagle batters as River Falls won its St. Croix Valley Baseball League opener by a score of 6-0 at the high school field. One day earlier, Menomonie won its SCVBL opener, 15-1, over the Hager City Skeeters. "Menomonie is one of the perennial powers in the SCVBL, so any win against them is a good one," Fighting Fish player-manager Josh Eidem said.
The Wildcat boys' tennis team got a pair of third place performances at the No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles positions to help the team to a fourth place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Saturday in River Falls. Eau Claire Memorial took first place in six of the seven flights to win its 12th straight conference championship with 40 points while Hudson, which won the only other individual title Saturday at No. 2 doubles, finished second with 29.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team picked up two wins and two ties last week to improve to 11-3-3 overall, 6-3-1 in Big Rivers Conference play. The Cats posted a 3-1 BRC win over Menomonie last Tuesday before going 1-0-2 in nonconference action at the Waupaca Tournament Saturday. River Falls defeated Marshfield, 3-1, before playing to a scoreless tie against Waupaca and a 2-2 tie against Columbus. River Falls went on to beat Columbus in a shootout to pick up the tournament's third place trophy. This week the Cats close out the regular season against Eau Claire North Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Wildcat softball team gave Big Rivers Conference leading Rice Lake all it could handle before coming out on the short end of a 5-3 score in the first game of a doubleheader in Rice Lake last Tuesday. The Warriors showed why they are considered one of the best teams in the state in the nightcap by rolling over the Wildcats, 21-0. Friday the Cats picked up their fourth win of the season with a 9-0 nonconference shutout over Ellsworth. River Falls wrapped up the regular season at home with a doubleheader Tuesday against Eau Claire North and will begin regional play Tuesday, May 26.
The Wildcat baseball team had a chance to help itself, seed-wise, in the upcoming WIAA regional playoffs. Instead, the Cats dropped four straight Big Rivers Conference games, including a heartbreaker to Chippewa Falls last Thursday and a doubleheader to Menomonie Monday. The Cats, now 13-7 overall, 3-6 in the BRC, will visit St.