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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.

Coach profile: Jeff Berkhof looks to lead Falcons back to NCAA tournament

November 1, 2017

Jeff Berkhof enters his 12th season as the head coach for UWRF men’s basketball. He has the second most wins in program history, only trailing his former coach Rick Bowen for career wins. Last year his team finished 25-4 and won the WIAC regular season title and WIAC tournament. The team also completed a 17-game win streak, the longest in program history.  

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

November 1, 2017

It was a warm September day when the UWRF women’s cross-country team lined up for one of their most difficult races of the year. Following cold temperatures during training and a mild end of summer, the temperature soared to over 90 degrees by the time the Roy Griak Invitational began at the University of Minnesota. The meet is often one of the toughest on the schedule, and this year would be no different.

Falcons football drops close game in rainy conditions against UW-Stout

October 18, 2017

UW-River Falls lost their second straight last weekend as they were defeated by UW-Stout 21-16 in Menomonie at Williams Stadium.

Falcons football falls short on homecoming to ninth-ranked UW-Platteville

October 11, 2017

UW-River Falls football fell short this past weekend, losing 24-14 in a tightly contested matchup on homecoming Saturday against UW-Platteville.

We are family: UWRF Latinos find meaning in Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11, 2017

Jason Caballero, a senior football player and president of the Latino Student Organization, grew up in urban Houston before arriving for school at UWRF.

Division III Falcons football finds a new place to recruit — Division I

October 4, 2017

Coming home can be a feeling that maximizes a person’s joy and potential. In the case of three football players at UWRF, initial journeys to Division I schools have brought them back close to home.

Coach Profile- Sean McKuras

September 27, 2017

Sean McKuras is his 16th year as coach of the UWRF women’s soccer team, with a career record of 142-131-26. He has helped guide the team to a 3-5 record this season, with a few tough losses at home in the opening weeks. Coming off of a 7-0 over Northland on Sunday, the team heads into WIAC conference play looking to improve on their sixth-place conference finish last season.