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Falcon Roundup: Softball splits at St. Mary's; Boys hoops camps at UWRF

Softball splits at St. Mary's

Kaia Dorn homered and doubled in the first game and the Falcons scored 10 runs to back Payton Speckel's seventh win of the season, Ali Krohn singled in two runs and scored but that was all the scoring UWRF could muster in the nightcap as the Falcons split a doubleheader with St. Mary's Thursday, March 29, in Winona.

The games were originally scheduled to be played at UWRF's Ramer Field but were moved to Winona due to unplayable field conditions.

Dorn's two-run homer in the first game highlighted a four-run third inning that gave the Falcons a 4-1 lead. She added a run-scoring double in the fourth and Maddie Studnicka singled in a pair of runs to push the lead to 8-1.

A five-run sixth inning by St. Mary's cut UWRF's lead to 8-6, but an RBI sacrifice fly by Dorn in the bottom of the sixth and a run-scoring single by Lexi Dupree left the Falcons clinging to a 10-8 lead. St. Mary's pushed another run across in the bottom of the seventh but Speckel worked out of the jam to pick up the win in relief of Hannah Stegeman and Studnicka.

Krohn singled in a pair of runs before scoring on a double by Aiyana Ledwein to tie the score, 3-3, in the fourth inning of the nightcap but St. Mary's scored three runs in the fifth to earn a 6-3 victory.

UWRF, now 14-4 overall, played a doubleheader at Northwestern University in St. Paul Tuesday, April 3. They will open up WIAC play with two games at UW-Whitewater Saturday, April 7, and a doubleheader at UW-Oshkosh Sunday, April 8.

Boys hoops camps at UWRF

The UWRF men's basketball program will host a series of camps for boys elementary and high school players this summer.

The Fundamental Youth Day Camp will be held June 11-14. Session 1 is for players entering grades 3-4 in Fall, 2018 and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and Session 2, for players entering grades 5-6, will be from 1-4 p.m.

The camp is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of basketball. Each session will include skill development on dribbling, passing and shooting. Team skill contests and two 5-on-5 games will also be included in each session. Team play will be stressed and each camper will receive equal playing time grouped by age and ability. The camp is for both beginning players and advanced players looking to develop their skills, and each camper will receive a camp basketball at the conclusion of camp. Fee is $80.

The Skill Development and Competition Camp, for players entering grades 6-10, will be held June 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The camp is designed for personalized instruction covering all phases of skill improvement. Each session will include fundamental teaching stations that will consist of repetitive skill work with proper technique and footwork being emphasized. Each session will also include 5-on-5 full court games with campers grouped by age and ability while receiving equal playing time. Offensive and defensive team concepts, game situations and the ability to compete against the area's best young players will aid in the development of each camper's fundamentals. The fee is $170 and lunch will be provided.

The Big Man Camp on June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is for players entering grades 9-12 and is designed for personalized instruction covering offensive and defensive concepts for effective play around the basket. Instruction on pre-catch stance and footwork along with an emphasis on catch-and score, go-to moves and counters will be covered through intense and repetitive drills. All campers will receive lunch and a camp T-shirt. Apply early, as enrollment is limited for this camp. The fee is $65.

The Point Guard camp is for players entering grades 7-12 and will be held June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp is designed for personalized instruction covering offensive concepts for effective point guard play. Instruction on having a plan to attack full and half court defensive pressure, ball handling/pivoting, finishing at the rim, reading ball screens, and developing a skill development program will be covered through intense drill work and short film sessions.

All camps will be held in the Falcon Center on the UWRF campus and include an experienced coaching staff, Falcon players in attendance, a camp T-shirt and camper evaluation. Lunch for the SDC Day Camp and Big Man Camp will be served at the University Center.

For more information, visit — CAMPS, or call the men's basketball office at 715-425-3726.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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