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Six-year-old Olivia Vanasse watches her hamster, Jerry, as it uses a wheel to propel a miniature race car down the track during the Hamster Race before the July 18 River Falls Fighting Fish baseball game at the high school field. Vanasse and Jerry were the only participants in the race and won a certificate and Fighting Fish t-shirts for the entire family.
I ended a serious, long term relationship earlier this year. One that, on some days made me feel like I was on top of the world, and on others made me miserable, and ashamed to go home to my wife. It was a typical love-hate relationship. One that gripped me so tightly I thought I could never let go. One that I poured my heart and soul into, but in the end realized wasn't worth all the passion and hard work I put into it. I quit playing golf. I never intended to get so serious about it. As a youth I could care less.
One week after losing to South Division cellar-dweller Hager City, the River Falls Fighting Fish bounced back to score a come-from-behind, 11-10, victory over South Division leader Prescott Saturday afternoon in Prescott. The victory kept the Fish within striking distance of first place Hudson in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League with a mark of 7-4 (12-10 overall).
The River Falls America Legion baseball team dropped the first game of its Falls Classic Tournament to eventual champion Mankato, Minn., Friday night, but bounced back with three straight victories to place third in the eight-team field. The 3-1 tourney mark gives the Legion a record of 11-9 heading into games this week at Ellsworth Tuesday night and at Stillwater, Minn., Thursday.
The River Falls American Legion baseball team sandwiched a win over Hudson around losses to Eau Claire and Stillwater, Minn., on consecutive nights last week. River Falls came out on the short end of a 4-3 decision at home to Eau Claire last Tuesday before scoring five runs in the top of the seventh in a 7-3 win at Hudson the next day. Thursday, Stillwater limited the locals to five hits on its way to a 9-2 victory in River Falls. The legion team is now 7-8 overall and will face the River Falls Fighting Fish in an exhibition game Thursday at 6 p.m.
The River Falls Fighting Fish are making a habit out of beating teams they perhaps shouldn't, and losing to teams they feel they should. The Fish picked up a pair of non-league wins last week over Minnesota teams from Northfield and Pine Island. But neither win could soothe the sting of Saturday's 8-7 St. Croix Valley Baseball League loss at Hager City. The loss left the Fish with a record of 6-4 in SCVBL play with six games remaining in their league schedule.
Players and coaches at UW-River Falls will be spending a lot less nights in hotel rooms after the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced a series of cost-cutting measures last week. The conference announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing expenses, most of them aimed at curtailing costs of transportation, lodging and meals that teams face when traveling, the single largest expenditure for teams in the WIAC. UW-River Falls Athletic Director Rick Bowen estimated the university could save around $20,000 a year in trips taken by the Falcon football and basketball
The Hudson River Rats avenged a pair of losses earlier this season to defeat the River Falls Fighting Fish, 12-1, in the championship game of the Ellsworth Hubbers Baseball Tournament, held in conjunction with Cheese Curd Fest, Sunday night in Ellsworth. The Fish had defeated the Rats in their two previous meetings -- 9-7 on May 31 and 10-6 on June 20.
Ashey Brown and Sarah Vitale headline a list of five Wildcats who have been named to 2009 All-Big Rivers Conference soccer teams. Brown and Vitale were both named to the All-BRC first team while Tara Frey earned a spot on the second team and sisters Maddie and Ella Bump both earned honorable mention. In addition to the all-conference honors, Brown is one of just two BRC players named to the 2009 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team.