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UWRF athlete of the week: distance runner Katelyn Moore

February 21, 2018

Katelyn Moore is a freshman distance runner from Hudson, Wis. She set a 15-second personal record in the mile this season with a time of 5:11. That was good enough to take first place in the event at the Parents’ Day Open at the University of Minnesota last Saturday. The time ranks her 7th in the WIAC and 6th on the UWRF All-Time Performance list.

Men’s hockey finishes tough regular season with signs of improvement

February 14, 2018

After a deflating 5-0 home loss to UW-Superior a few weeks ago, the Falcons knew they had to respond differently on the road in Superior, according to Eddie Matsushima, a junior captain for the UWRF men’s hockey team.

Athlete of the week: Alex Herink

February 14, 2018

Alex Herink, a senior basketball player from Hudson, averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds per game last week as the Falcons knocked off WIAC foe UW-Whitewater on Saturday night. The reigning WIAC player of the year is averaging 16 points per game on 48 percent shooting to help lead the team to a 15-7 record so far this year.

Professional advice: behind the scenes at Super Bowl LII

February 7, 2018

Media members from across the country flocked to the Twin Cities area for the week of Super Bowl LII. I spoke with multiple members of the media and asked them all the same question: what advice can you give a college student looking to break through into sports media?

Athlete of the week: Brynn Liljander

February 7, 2018

Brynn Liljander, a senior from Isanti, Minn., led the Falcons with 16.5 points per game last week as the Falcons women’s basketball team suffered two tight losses. Liljander recently set the UWRF women’s record for three-pointers made, and she currently leads the team with 15 points per game, 2 assists per game and almost 2 steals per game.

The Student Voice sat down with Liljander to discuss her senior season and what the Falcons need to do to overcome their four-game losing streak.

Falcons fall to UW-Oshkosh in rematch of WIAC title game

January 31, 2018

The UWRF men’s basketball team fell in a hard-fought contest to WIAC foe UW-Oshkosh 78-57 on Saturday night at Page Arena.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 19th in the country, led by only three points at halftime but used an early 16-3 in the second half to create a gap the Falcons wouldn’t seriously threaten again.

Athlete of the week: Haley Nielsen

January 31, 2018

Haley Nielsen, a junior from Plymouth, Minn., scored two goals last Friday night to help give the women’s hockey team a 7-5 win over UW-Superior. The Falcons responded by traveling to Superior the next day and defeating the Yellowjackets 5-0. Nielsen has six goals and 14 assists on the year, helping lead UWRF to a 15-4-2 record and the number five ranking in the country.

The Student Voice sat down with Nielsen to discuss her role as a captain and the team’s improved play.

National anthem protests raise questions nationally, within UWRF football team

December 13, 2017

“The only way you can ever bring change is to make people uncomfortable.”

Ugel George said that about social change after playing football for UWRF this past season. George is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in an all-black neighborhood, which is a much different background from the majority of students at UWRF. He has a strong stance concerning racial equality, specifically the topic of national anthem protests that has been a mainstay in the media this fall.

Veteran men’s hockey coach Steve Freeman looks to rebuild Falcons program

December 6, 2017

Head men’s hockey coach Steve Freeman is in his 22th year as leader of the Falcons. He is the program-leader in total games won and led UW-River Falls to a WIAC championship as recently as 2016. He has won over 350 games and 11 WIAC titles in his time at UWRF. Freeman was named to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016, with 10 WIAC coach of the year awards to his name. Freeman was also an assistant coach when UWRF won the national championship in 1994, and has been a part of all five appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four.

The Student Voice sat down with Freeman to discuss his history of success at UWRF and the growing pains his young team has faced in 2017.

Falcon Center jobs provide opportunities for UWRF students

December 6, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls opened its $63.5 million Falcon Center for Health and Wellness complete with sports facilities, workout equipment, classrooms and meeting spaces in September. The facility provides a variety of activities, but it also provides something else that is less well-known – on campus jobs. These jobs are managed under the Operations for Falcon Center, a division of Sports Facilities.

Coach profile: women’s head basketball coach Cindy Holbrook

November 29, 2017

Cindy Holbrook is in her 18th season as head women’s basketball coach at UW-River Falls. She holds a career record of 235-210, and led the Falcons to a WIAC championship in 2015-2016 with a 23-6 record. Holbrook also played in the WIAC at UW-Stout and was named WIAC player of the year in 1994. She is also the only person to be named WIAC player of the year and WIAC coach of the year.

The Student Voice sat down with Holbrook to discuss her transition from player to coach in the WIAC and her team’s 3-1 start to the 2017-2018 season.

Program-builder Joe Cranston leads women’s hockey into 19th season

November 15, 2017

Joseph Cranston enters his 19th season as the head women’s hockey coach at UW-River Falls for the 2017-2018 season. Cranston has led the team to nine straight 20-win seasons and nine straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a runner-up finish in 2016. Cranston is the only head coach in program history and is looking to take his team back to the NCAA tournament after losing in the first-round last season to Gustavus after a 26-3 campaign.

The Student Voice sat down with Cranston to discuss his history at UWRF and what his impressions are of his new team after a 3-1-1 start.

Rick Bowen court dedication reflects how far UWRF basketball has come

November 15, 2017

Rick Bowen arrived on the UW-River Falls campus in 1986 to look at the job opening for the head men’s basketball coach. According to Bowen, he enjoyed the community within the campus and took the job expecting to be in River Falls for maybe two years before moving on.

Here first but nearly forgotten, Native Americans celebrate this November

November 8, 2017

Aiyana Ledwein, a senior softball player, is one of the few Native American athletes at UWRF. She is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, and her birth mom lived on a reservation in eastern Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota.

UWRF women’s cross-country team runs to first ranking in school history

November 3, 2017

Watch the Falcons cross-country team workout at UWRF.