Student Voice


June 16, 2024


Spring season finally hits River Falls

April 6, 2006

I love spring. I love everything about it. I love the warm weather, the sun and the sports.

With Florida winning the NCAA Tournament in college men’s basketball, most winter sports are finally wrapped up. However, the teams here at River Falls have been done for quite some time.

This weekend, the Falcon men’s and women’s track and field teams host their first outdoor meet of the season. It’s bound to be a big meet for the Falcons, with a handful of good teams coming to River Falls.

The Falcon softball team was also finally able to play a home game on Tuesday. And from what I hear it was quite a show.

The Falcons hosted North Central in a doubleheader that may have felt as if it was lasting forever for the visiting team.

UW-RF won the first game of the double header 27-0 and the second game 40-0. What I want to know is how that is even possible. My roommate left the second game during the second inning and the Falcons were ahead 19-0.

The Falcons only needed five innings to put away their final opponents before getting into conference play this weekend.

Needless to say, after hearing about results like that, I’m pretty excited to catch the Falcons in action for the remainder of the spring. Especially since I never managed to get to any games last year, I’m planning on attending a lot more this year.

I’m also excited to see what the men’s and women’s rugby teams do this spring. I watched a lot of games in the fall, and I am excited to see how they improved since then. I’m planning on going to the highly anticipated All Saints Tournament to catch a lot of hard-hitting rugby action.

I would also like to go to the first lacrosse game of my life, maybe this weekend.

But besides events that everyone hears about, I love intramurals.

Last spring, I was supposed to be a member of team Banana Phone for softball, but we were unable to play a game all season. So this season, I joined the Hathorn Hallers and laced up my shoes and already got to play in one game.

It was a blast. It was the first time I had played a competitive softball game since I was quite a bit younger. It was also the first time I picked up a bat in nearly a year.

I wasn’t as rusty as I had imagined. I’m not saying I played a perfect game, but I played well enough to feel like I had accomplished something.

I think intramurals are a great way to get involved in the campus community, and I advise everyone to get involved in them. Even if you don’t think you would be very good, it’s still fun to get outside and get active.

My team lost on Tuesday, but it was still great. Our entire team was cheering when someone would hit the ball, and having someone cheer my name while I was batting was great support in getting me a hit and reaching first base.

Most students are bogged down with exams and end-of-semester projects, but I hope you all have time to get out and enjoy some Falcon athletics whether it is softball, track, rugby or lacrosse.

And it’s not too late to sign up on an intramural softball team. So do whatever you have to do to be active and enjoy your spring and the end of the school year.

Sarah Packingham is a former member of the Student Voice staff.