The Wildcat girls' cross country team sent a message to the rest of the Big Rivers Conference by dominating the field at the Menomonie Relays Saturday in Menomonie. The unique event features three varsity races with the winner determined by combining the top five times of eight runners.
The Wildcat golf team took a big step towards finding its groove by winning a five-team Big Rivers Conference mini-meet on its home course Thursday. All five Wildcats posted scores in the 40s and the team finished with a total score of 186 to win the meet by six strokes over second place Eau Claire Memorial. "We are finally getting closer to the goals we set for ourselves," Wildcat head coach Deb Meyer said.
Zane Heinselman scored two goals and Austin Saari had a goal and two assists to help the Wildcat boys' soccer team to its first win of the season, a 3-0 victory at Menomonie, last Tuesday. The Cats made it two wins in a row with a 5-1 nonconference win over Osceola Thursday. They will return to BRC play at Eau Claire North Thursday and visit Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Sept. 22, before hosting Hudson on Thursday, Sept. 24. Last Tuesday in Menomonie, Heinselman put River Falls on the board early with a goal in the second minute of the game, assisted by Saari.
Whe Rick Bowen started coaching basketball in 1969, his goal was simply to take his team as far as possible in the Indiana State Basketball Tournament. Forty years later the former UW-River Falls coach is being inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bowen will be one of three college coaches who will be enshrined in the WBCA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Madison Marriott Hotel in Middleton Oct. 3. The others are Steve Larson of Edgewood College and Dolph Stanley of Beloit College. "I'm very humbled," Bowen said about the honor.
The Wildcat defense held a Menomonie offense that was averaging 34 points a game to half that total Friday night. But Menomonie's defense was just as stingy, holding the Cats to just a touchdown to help the Indians escape with a 17-7 victory. The game marked the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams. Menomonie scored 41 points in a season opening one-point loss to Marshfield before defeating Wausau West, 27-21, in week two.
Former UW-River Falls running back Jimmy Baier, front left, reacts to a story told by his old Falcon coach Gwyn Christensen as former teammate Tom Carroll, back left, and Baier's family laughs along during halftime ceremonies to retire Baier's No. 33 jersey at the Sept. 5 college football opener against St. John's. Baier, an Elmwood native, earned NAIA First Team All-American honors in 1966 when he led the country in rushing with 1,585 yards, a Falcon record.
The growing pains are becoming less and less severe for the young Wildcat boys' soccer team. The Cats battled the top two teams in the Big Rivers Conference last week and despite not coming away with a win, showed they are ready to compete with anybody. Last Tuesday in Hudson, River Falls controlled most of the first and played even with the Raiders for all but about three minutes of the second half.
The Wildcat girls' tennis team bounced back from a lackluster effort in a 5-2 loss at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday to give Hudson a run for its money Thursday at home, but in the end the Raiders kept the Wildcats winless in Big Rivers Conference play by leaving with a 6-1 victory. River Falls coach David Markson said, as disappointing as Tuesday's match at Chippewa Falls, was, Thursday's dual against Hudson looked like an upset in the making early on.
While the Wildcat offense took a little while to get in rhythm Friday night in Ellsworth, the defense made sure the Panthers couldn't take advantage. The Cats held the Panthers to four first downs in the first half and blocked a punt while the offense gave the Cats a 7-0 halftime lead by virtue of a 67-yard touchdown run by Dylan Dock.
St. John's University took its first lead of the game with 4:01 remaining, then made the touchdown stand up to spoil UW-River Falls' upset bid in the college football opener for both teams Saturday at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 lead over the 13th-ranked Johnnies and led 24-14 after an Ahmad Palmer 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.