After losing seven of their first eight games of the season, the Wildcat boys' soccer team has won seven of its last nine heading into WIAA regional play this week. The Cats' latest victory came on a frigid Wildcat Field Saturday by a 3-2 score over New Richmond in overtime. River Falls, which finished the regular season with a record of 9-10 and drew a No. 12 seed in the 16-team sectional, opened regional play Tuesday at No. 5 Eau Claire North. The winner will face either No. 4 Marshfield or No. 13 Merrill Thursday at the home of the higher seed.
Four people were taken to River Falls Area Hospital with undisclosed injuries following a two-car crash on the Hwy. 65 bypass at Hwy. 29 shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The accident closed the southbound lane of Hwy. 65 between Hwy. 29 and Cemetery Road and forced west bound traffic on Hwy. 29 to be diverted north to Division St. for roughly an hour.
It wasn't the Wildcat girls' golf team's best performance of the season, but it was enough to keep its season alive. The Cats posted a team score of 389 at last Wednesday's regional tournament in Eau Claire to finish third in the team standings and qualify for this week's sectional tournament in Eau Claire. "We didn't play great; we didn't play awful," head coach Deb Meyer said. "The scores were mediocre, but good enough to get us through." Hudson ran away with the regional title, finishing 17 strokes ahead of second place New Richmond with 371.
There is never a lack of drama when the River Falls and Hudson football teams meet in the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug. And Friday night was no different. Hudson erased a 6-0 Wildcat lead to force overtime, then scored the only touchdown of the extra session to defeat River Falls, 13-6, and earn possession of the Little Brown Jug for the first time in three years. The Wildcats, now 2-4 overall, 0-4 in the Big Rivers Conference, will travel to Carson Park in Eau Claire to take on Eau Claire North (1-5, 1-3) Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Wildcat swimming and diving team dropped a heartbreaking 93-5 to 92-5 Big Rivers Conference decision to Hudson Thursday at the high school pool. Despite the loss, head coach Lynn Huiskamp said she was pleased to see the Cats take first and third place in two of the three relay events. "I told the girls, many of the first places might go Hudson's way, but if we filled in the second to fourth places, we would finish well," she said. Tessa Coggio, Grace Goblirsch, Tara Sarno and Marlayna Probst teamed up for a first place time of 2 minutes, 1.61 seconds, in the opening event of the night -
The Wildcat soccer team split a pair of Big Rivers Conference matches last week, picking up a big 4-3 road victory at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday before falling to first-place Hudson, 3-0, Thursday at home. The Cats, now 3-6-0 in the BRC, 5-9-0 overall, traveled to second place Eau Claire Memorial (7-0-1 BRC) Tuesday and will host Menomonie (0-9-0) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting the River Falls Quad Tournament Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Anytime you've got the ball in the final minute against the two-time defending conference champions with a chance to win, you're doing something right. The Wildcat football team, despite allowing three long touchdown runs and turning over the ball four times, was in that position Friday night against Chippewa Falls at Ramer Field.
Sophomore running back Taylor Edwards ran for 246 yards and two touchdowns and UW-River Falls' picked off five passes and returned two for touchdowns as the Falcon football team made for a happy homecoming with a 40-27 victory over Alma College (Mich.) Saturday at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Edwards, in his first action since injuring an ankle in the first half of the season-opener against St. John's Sept. 5, scored on runs of three and five yards in the first half and had three runs of over 40 yards in the game.
It's not often a team from the small-school division wins the overall title at a big cross country meet like the Smiley Invitational. But that's exactly what the Wildcat girls did Saturday in Wausau. The Cats smothered the opposition in the 12-team small school division, finishing with a total of 26 points, far ahead of second place Oregon's 103.
After picking up its first Big Rivers Conference victory of the year in a 5-2 decision over Rice Lake last Tuesday, the Wildcat boys' soccer team nearly knocked off one of the BRC's powerhouses -- Eau Claire North -- Thursday on the road. See this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on this story.