The Wildcat hockey team overcame a pair of slow starts to win its first two games of the season over the Nov. 28-29 weekend at the Somerset Quad. The Cats scored the final four goals of the game in a 5-2 victory over Amery Friday night before Dylan Dock and Karl Andersen combined for five goals and four assists in a 7-3 win over host Somerset Saturday afternoon. "It took us a bit to get our legs under us but when we did I thought we got a good, consistent effort," head coach Nick Jenkins said about Saturday's victory. "It was the second game where we fell behind early but didn't panic.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion improved to 3-0-1 on the season by winning all three of its games at the Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament at the United Center in Baldwin last week. The Fusion defeated Hayward/Spooner 4-1 Wednesday, the Webster Blizzard (Webster, Grantsburg, Luck, Siren Frederic), 8-2 Friday, and the Capital City Cougars (Madison co-op) 2-0 Saturday. The Fusion opened Big Rivers Conference play Tuesday night in Menomonie and will host Minnesota powerhouse South St. Paul Thursday at 7 p.m.
Head coach Kyle Igou and the Wildcat girls' basketball team have plenty of reasons to be optimistic as they prepare to open the season at the Red Wing (Minn.) Tournament this weekend. The Cats return four starters from a year ago, including first team All-Big Rivers Conference selection Tessa Wells and Honorable Mention selectee Emma Purfeerst, both seniors this season.
Saturday was a special day for me and my wife. It was the first time we ever went to a football game and rooted for the same team. My wife, you see, is a Minnesota Viking fan. And even though I grew up in New Jersey, I have always been a Green Bay Packer fan. But for whatever reason (just another in the long list of things I don't understand about my wife), she's also Wisconsin Badger fan. Being married to a Viking fan can be a challenge.
What do you do a year after becoming the first undefeated state champion in Wisconsin high school girls' hockey history? In the case of the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team, you make your schedule even tougher the next year. The Fusion, a cooperative team consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St.
Tom Carroll and Doug Hjersjo have a lot more in common than just football. The two were classmates and fraternity brothers at UW-River Falls in the 1960s before, as Carroll said: "He went on his way and I went on mine." Hjersjo went to teach and coach at Laconia High School in Rosendale, while Carroll was a teacher and coach at Mondovi and Grantsburg before moving back to River Falls in 1976.
Senior diver Carly Jerry qualified for her fourth straight trip to state and the Wildcats' 400 freestyle relay team set a new school record at the WIAA Division 1 swimming and diving sectional over the weekend in Hudson. The Cats finished eighth in the 15-team standings with a total score of 141, five points ahead of ninth place Wausau West. Wausau East won the team title with 330. Jerry placed third with a score of 360.3 to earn a spot at the state meet for the fourth straight year. She competed her freshman and sophomore years in Division 2 and the last two in Division 1.
A recent visit to Dwight Nelson revealed that wet weather caused a later-than-usual harvest, but one worth the wait. Nelson owns a farm on Glendale Drive near County Road MM west of River Falls as well as Nelson Farm Supply. He said this year's crop is one of the best he's ever had, though the corn is taking longer to dry than usual. Nelson said he expected to harvest around 4,000 bushels on Nov. 7 alone.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team did exactly what it needed to do to jump ahead of some key rivals and take third place at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday in Chippewa Falls. Eau Claire Memorial won the team title with a score of 573 followed by Hudson with 402. River Falls was third with 380 followed by Eau Claire North with 374.5, Menomonie with 273, Chippewa Falls with 190.5 and Rice Lake with 94. "Key to our strategy was finding 'B' relay mixes that were able to compete, not just for times, but for top finishes," Wildcat head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.
For Wildcat cross country coach Pat Lorentz, the hardest part of Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships came at the end. "About the only thing I dislike about coaching is saying goodbye to seniors," he said. "You know, we are a small group, and we spend a lot of time together so naturally we are close. The girls gave Monica Morgan, our only senior on varsity this year, a big hug after the race Saturday. I had to walk away." Lorentz and the team had plenty of reasons to be emotional.