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.
Last year the River Falls Fighting Fish were just happy to make the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. This year they want to reach the finals. The Fish clinched their second consecutive berth in the postseason with a convincing 12-2 victory over the Elmwood Expos Saturday at the high school field. The win, coupled with last Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Osceola Braves, improved River Falls' record to 9-4 in St.
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