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.
The Wildcat girls' cross country team has come close to qualifying for the state meet the last two years. This year it left no room for doubt. The Cats won the La Crosse Logan sectional Saturday in La Crosse to earn a spot at this weekend's WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. This year's team joins the 1998 and 2002 teams as the only girls' cross country teams in River Falls history to qualify for the state meet. "It was a incredible accomplishment," head coach Pat Lorentz said. "Many of our women have been dreaming of competing at a state meet.
The Wildcat girls' cross country team won the La Crosse Logan sectional Saturday (Oct. 24) in La Crosse to earn a spot at this weekend's WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Oct. 31. This year's team joins the 1998 and 2002 teams as the only girls' cross country teams in River Falls history to qualify for the state meet. "It was a incredible accomplishment," head coach Pat Lorentz said. "Many of our women have been dreaming of competing at a state meet. So many of them have been on teams that have come very close but have fallen short.
UW-River Falls' hard luck season continues. The Falcons came out on the short end of a 49-47 score to UW-La Crosse when the Eagles' Travis Brodeau caught a deflected pass in the corner of the end zone for a two-point conversion in the third overtime at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Saturday. UW-RF had take a 47-41 lead on its possession of the overtime period when Taylor Edwards scored his third rushing touchdown on a four-yard run.
Freshman Paige Skorseth took home the individual title and junior Lucy Ramquist finished second to lead the Wildcat girls' team to the Big Rivers Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday in Rice Lake. In all, four Cats finished in the top 10 to help the girls to their second straight BR title. River Falls clinched the championship with a total of 32 points, 20 ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial. Menomonie was third with 81. On the boys' side, Hudson won its fifth straight conference championship with 35 points followed by Eau Claire Memorial with 65 and River Falls with 68.
River Falls senior Zach Pavlichek had a simple answer for how the Wildcats defeated Superior Friday night. "Because we love football," he said. "Finally things went our way, in our last game on this field." The Cats entered Friday's game with a 0-5 record in the Big Rivers Conference. Four of those came by less than a touchdown and two were in overtime. Superior, meanwhile, came in at 3-2 with wins over BRC co-leader Hudson and defending BRC champion Chippewa Falls.
Bob Burrows photo Senior Ziella Gakumba receives a serve as teammates Nicole Turner, left, and Tara Frey look on during the Wildcats' match against Menomonie at the Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the high school's auxiliary gym. The Wildcat volleyball team only won one match at the Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday at the high school but it was against Chippewa Falls, the top seed in the upcoming regional. The Cats finished 1-3 Saturday to place sixth in the final conference standings.
Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament at River Falls High School will do a lot more than decide a conference champion. The event, which gets underway at 10 a.m., will also be the Wildcats' Dig For the Cure fundraiser, with donations and money raised from the sale of baked goods and other items going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to fight breast cancer.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team celebrated Parents and Senior Night with a 106-79 Big Rivers Conference dual win over Menomonie in the last home meet of the season last Tuesday. The Cats took two of the top three spots in nine different events, including six first place finishes. "The victory at home was a great way to showcase our swimmers and divers for our Parents and Senior Night," head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.