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.
I get a lot of jokes e-mailed to me, and lately my inbox has been filling up with jokes at Brett Favre's expense. Here's a sampling: - Brett Favre has reportedly been sending x-rays to the Minnesota Vikings. It seems like an unnecessary gesture since everyone can already see right through him. - Brett Favre has told friends that he plans to play for the Vikings. Given the way Favre burned the Packers and the Jets, we thought he already WAS a Viking. - Brett Favre is currently selling his 2007 Ford F-150 truck on eBay. Or maybe he isn't. Wait, no no, he is.
River Falls' junior Marty Herum and senior Tyler Hunter have both been named to 2009 All-Northwest District Baseball teams. In addition, Herum was named to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State third team. Both players were previously named to All-Big Rivers Conference teams for their performance on the field for the Wildcats this season. "It's nice to see both Marty and Tyler recognized as not only some of the best players in the conference, but as some of the best players in northwest Wisconsin," Wildcat head coach Ryan Bishop said.
The River Falls U12 Gold softball team will travel to North St. Paul this weekend to play in its league tournament after wrapping up the regular season with a record of 14-10-2. Last week the squad split a doubleheader with Moundsview, Minn., and tied and won in a doubleheader with Roseville, Minn. Monday night the team was swept by Centennial, Minn., in its final action of the regular season. River Falls lost its first game against Moundsview, 5-0, last Monday.
Amateur town ball hasn't changed much over the years, but the way players deliver pep talks certainly has. Following his team's embarrassing 5-4 loss to St. Croix Falls last Sunday, River Falls Fighting Fish third baseman and 11-year veteran Nathan Brom delivered a fiery e-mail to his teammates about where he felt the team should be.
There's a reason Eau Claire Memorial won the Big Rivers Conference baseball championship this season and Eau Claire North made it to the WIAA State Tournament. So when you take players from both school districts and put them on the same team for the American Legion season, they present a formidable opponent. But that was of little comfort to River Falls Legion coach Ryan Bishop following his squad's 12-0 loss to Eau Claire Monday night. "Ninety-five percent of the time an all star team of Eau Claire schools is going to beat you," Bishop said.
My dad died two years ago, just two days before Father's Day. I'm not telling you that to evoke sympathy or pity. I just wanted to get it out of the way in case you were wondering where I was going with this. Last Friday night I was getting ready to hit the sack when I decided to take one more spin through the TV channels. I'm bad that way.
Steve Emerson loved baseball. He loved to play and he loved to watch. Ruth Emerson first met Steve when he was playing baseball in North St. Paul some 30 years ago. Steve died in February 2007, at age 53 after an eight-month fight against a brain tumor. Now Ruth and her family are helping to keep the spirit of her late husband alive by helping to fund construction of a new concession stand next to the junior varsity baseball field at the high school. "Both Steve and I played ball for 25 years," Ruth said about her decision to fund the project.
An unfortunate overlap in early summer vacations forced River Falls Fighting Fish player-manager Josh Eidem to take matters into his own hands at St. Croix Falls Sunday -- literally. Eidem pitched 11 innings in the Fish's St. Croix Valley Baseball League match-up with the River Bandits, only to watch as St.