Former Wildcat Josh Wells capped his collegiate golf career by helping his Upper Iowa University Peacock team to an eighth place finish at the NCAA Division II Central/West Regional at Wilderness Golf Club In Lincoln, Neb., last week. The tournament marked the fourth time Wells competed in an NCAA regional. Upper Iowa placed second among the 10 Central Region teams after entering the tournament as the No. 8 seed in the region and No. 17 overall. Wells carded scores of 75-78-78 for a 54-hole total of 231. Upper Iowa finished with a total team score of 903.
The River Falls Fighting Fish scored seven runs on just one hit, a single by newcomer Joe Paatalo, in the seventh inning on their way to their first victory of the season, a 9-3 win over the St. Paul Mudhens, Saturday in St. Paul. Paatalo's single to right field highlighted a seventh inning that included five walks and two hit batters for the Fish and turned a 3-2 deficit into a 9-3 win. Paatalo, an assistant coach with the River Falls High School baseball team, played 20 years with the St.
The Wildcat softball team posted a record of 2-2 in four games last week, winning the opener of a doubleheader against Menomonie, 5-3, last Tuesday and defeating Pepin, 5-1, in the first game of the Pepin Tournament on Saturday. Menomonie came back to win Tuesday's nightcap, 11-1, and the Cats dropped the title game of the Pepin Tournament to Arcadia, 5-4. This week River Falls traveled to Rice Lake Tuesday and will visit Ellsworth on Friday.
The Wildcat baseball team ran its winning streak to six straight by winning its last four games, including a 4-2 Big Rivers Conference victory over league-leading Eau Claire North Monday in Eau Claire. The Cats' victory over the fourth-ranked Huskies pushed their BRC record to 3-4 while improving their overall mark to 13-5. They host ninth-ranked Chippewa Falls Thursday at 5 p.m. Last Thursday the Cats posted an 11-0, five-inning win at Durand before winning both games at the River Falls Triangular Tournament on Saturday.
All in all, it was a pretty good week for the Wildcat girls' soccer team. The Cats avenged a loss to Hudson earlier this season by blanking the Raiders, 1-0, at home last Tuesday, then went on the road and made up for an early season loss to Eau Claire Memorial by playing to a 1-1, double overtime tie. In the process, they got to raise money and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.
The Wildcat baseball team went 2-2 in the last week, with both wins coming in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader sweep of Rice Lake Monday. The Cats dropped a 13-0 BRC decision at Eau Claire Memorial Thursday and dropped a 7-6 nonconference game Friday to Tartan before sweeping Rice Lake, 14-4 and 16-3. River Falls is now 9-5 overall, 0-4 in the BRC, and will travel to Durand for a nonconference game Thursday.
Natalie Powell and Colin Rogers swept the 3200 meter run at the Big Rivers Conference/Mississippi Valley Conference Invitational Saturday at Wildcat Field. Powell's first place finish was one of three posted by the Wildcat girls to help them to a first place team finish at the eight-team event. The Wildcat boys finished fifth. Both teams will compete at the New Richmond Relays Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Wildcat boys golf team hosted a Big Rivers Conference match at Clifton Hollow Golf Course last Tuesday but struggled to a seventh place finish with a 9-hole team score of 176. Monday the Cats tied for sixth at another BRC match at the Hudson Golf Course with a score of 182. In between they finished 13th out of 16 teams at the Onalaska Invitational Friday at the La Crosse Country Club. The Cats will return to BRC action Monday at Princeton Valley Golf Course in a match hosted by Eau Claire North. Thursday they will travel to the Rice Lake Invitational at Turtleback Golf Course.
A shorthanded River Falls Fighting Fish baseball team suffered an 11-1 loss to Pine Island, Minn., in its season opener Sunday in Pine Island. Playing without former Wildcats Ryan Gilbertson, Adam Stuessel and Brian Giebel, the Fish fell victim to an eight-run fifth inning by the Pioneers on their way to seven-inning loss. Gilbertson, Stuessel and Giebel were playing their final weekend of the season for the UW-Stout team and should be back in the Fighting Fish lineup Saturday when they visit the St. Paul Mudhens.
The Wildcat boys' tennis team won the final three matches of the day to erase a 3-1 deficit and pick up its sixth win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Altoona last Tuesday. "It was a very exciting match," head coach David Markson said. "Altoona was very strong at singles." The Rails won three of the four singles matches and led 3-1 with two doubles matches and the No. 1 singles match still to be decided. Within a span of two minutes, all three came to an end with the Cats prevailing. River Falls' first win came at No.