The River Falls Fighting Fish's 2009 season lasted one game longer than 2008, but one game short of earning a berth in the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Championship Tournament this weekend in Haugen. After defeating the Tilden Tigers, 11-9 in 10 innings on a sweltering Saturday afternoon at Bob Young Field in Ellsworth, the Fish returned to Ellsworth Sunday only to come out on the short end of a 4-3 decision to the top-seeded Haugen Knights. "No season ever ends the way you want it unless you're the WBA champion, but we're looking back at this one already as a big success," Fish play
Gates to the Kansas City Chiefs' Family Fun Day open 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 8) to begin the annual event at Ramer Field. Skydivers drop in around 12:20 p.m., UW-River Falls and Chiefs officials address the crowd at 12:45, and a player-autograph session begins at 1:30. Fans can also watch an intra-squad scrimmage that begins at 2 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults; children under 18 get in free. Visitors can purchase food and beverages at the event.
Nearly 90 youngsters from western Wisconsin and as far away as Leawood, Kan., took part in the annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Saturday during the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp at UW-River Falls. Boys and girls, ages 8-13, competed in eight different age groups with trophies awarded to the top three performers in each division.
The River Falls Wildcat U16 girls' traveling soccer team became state champions at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) Tournament last week in Coon Rapids. Back in early June, the Cats' season had an uninspired start with a loss to Rochester, Minn. But they made progress during the season to finish in the middle of the East District pack with a 4-2-2 record. River Falls' post season odyssey started on a muggy June 19 afternoon with the East District playoff game against New Richmond. The teams battled to a scoreless tie after 80 minutes of regulation play.
The second annual Trek Border Battle Mountain Bike Races will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, on the trails of White Tail Ridge Corporate Park in River Falls. Last year, over 600 racers from the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) and the Minnesota State Championship Series (MNSCS) competed against each other for bragging rights and a traveling trophy in the inaugural event in River Falls. Wisconsin edged Minnesota by 16 points and will look to defend its title at this year's event. The Border Battle is the eighth race on both the WORS and MNSCS circuits this season.
Neil Johnson has a four-stroke lead over fellow River Falls' native Tyler Obermueller after the first two rounds of the Wisconsin State Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler. Johnson posted a pair of birdies and an eagle Tuesday en route to a 2-under-par 70 that moved him to 7-under (137) for the tournament.
@h:All in the family Bob Burrows photo - Cousins and former Wildcat wrestlers Brady Cudd, left, and Joe Cudd will team up this year to serve as co-coaches of the Wildcat wrestling team. Between them the cousins won three state individual championships and five medals at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament during their high school careers. The men won a total of three individual state championships and earned five total medals while wrestling for River Falls during their high school careers. Brady Cudd has served as an assistant with the Wildcats for the last three years, first under
The River Falls Fighting Fish won't have to travel far when the first round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs kick off on Saturday, Aug. 8. The Fish will open postseason play against the Tilden Tigers in a noon contest at Bob Young Field in Ellsworth. The Fish finished 12-4 in the St. Croix Valle Baseball League (SCVBL) and won the North Division title to earn the bracket's No. 2 seed while the third-seeded Tigers finished 12-6, and in second place in the North Division of the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL).
In the bottom of the first inning in Sunday's St. Croix Valley Baseball League finale between the River Falls Fighting Fish and the Plum City Blues, Plum City ace Tony Garner struck out River Falls' No. 3 hitter Brian Giebel with a wicked changeup. "What the heck kind of pitch was that?" Fish rookie Tyler Hunter exclaimed from the dugout. "That's called a changeup," Giebel responded. "Man, that was ridiculous!" Hunter said to the amusement of his teammates. Garner worked his magic over the Fish batters through three innings as the Blues built a 5-0 lead.
The Kansas City Chiefs open their 19th Summer Training Camp at UW-River Falls this week with practices beginning Saturday at Ramer Field. Saturday will also be the team's annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and the competition at noon. The free event is for boys and girls age 8-13. There are two divisions for girls -- age 8-10 and 11-13, and six divisions for boys -- age 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Registration is also available online at www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/ppkform.htm . Another annual highlight of camp will take place Saturday, Aug.