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Addition of swim team puts the squeeze on fall sports

With the addition of swim and golf to the girls’ fall sports roster next year, coaches are accepting the challenges and running with them.

“I guess there’s two ways to look at it. I could say there’s not going to be enough girls to play my sport, but at the same time I’d like to say that maybe there’s more offerings so kids can actually do what they’re more interested in. I think, yes, it’s going to be hard, but I think we have the numbers,” said girls tennis coach Jared Johnson.

by Morgan Anderson and Alisha Quall

Changes in store for Tiger’s Den

The Tiger Den at the Black River Falls is busy getting a lot of business, but will it change during school remodeling?

Tina Gilbertson and the employees have really worked hard with trying to get busy business.

Black River Falls Senior Hannah Shankey plays a role in keeping the school store in line.

“Some positive things about being a school store manager would be seeing the school, clubs, and some sports benefit from the profit of the store. The downside would be cleaning it, and having to make several trips to Burnstads for pick up,” said Shankey.

Hannah is the school manager of the store and is very helpful when she is needed.

Some advice she would give the future managers or workers would be: “Be ready to devote a lot of your time driving to Burnstads, and enjoy the new school store!”

Tina Gilbertson has seen a lot of change over the years with the Tiger Den.

“Since the opening of the Tiger’s Den the student managers and advisers have spent countless hours trying to assess the preferences of the customer while also optimizing the profit for the groups earning the profits from sales,” said Gilbertson.

The Black River Falls High School is going to be in the remodeling process coming up this March.

The school store will be in a new location due to the remodeling of the school.

“The Tiger’s Den will housed in the new Lunda Community Center. There will also be a smaller concessions/school store here at the high school. We are excited about both new locations, however, I’m sure we will run into a few “snags” in the process of re-establishing our set up,” said Gilbertson.

Tom Chambers the Black River Falls Principal states, “For the students that are involved in the running of the Tiger Den, I want them to learn business skills, learn management skills, and organization skills. Also for the students to benefit by having some nice snacks and apparel, t-shirts, hats things like that.”

Seniors set sights on new horizons

Seniors have been working hard since their childhood and are ready to take the next step and start their careers, but first it’s time finish what they’ve started: their educations.

Senior Jacky Lin is going to be attending UW-Madison next fall. He is ready to start the next step in his life.

“As of now, I think I want to pursue a medical career; possibly pharmaceutical,” said Lin.

As a kid his dreams were different. “As a kid, I really wanted to be an “inventor” a.k.a engineer. I wanted to build stuff from scratch and make a name for myself,” said Lin.

Lin said he is just looking forward to summer and spending time with his friends before they all go their separate directions. But as for college he just wants to enjoy it and start his next milestone in life.

“As for college, I want to make new friends and just take in all that Madison has to offer,” said Senior Jacky Lin.

Other seniors know what they for sure want to do and are excited about doing it.

Senior Tiffany Gorski will be attending Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I am getting my associates degree in patisserie and baking. After I finish the program I am hoping to either go into owning my own business or working under someone in the culinary field,” said Gorski.

When she was younger she knew that she wanted to go to a college and go into something that she loved doing.

“When I was younger I always told myself that I would go to some type of college. I always told myself that I wouldn’t go into a job field that wasn’t something I absolutely loved doing.”

She is excited about taking the next step in her life and is looking forward to moving forward.

“I can not wait to go to college and get away from small town talk and small town boredom. I am looking forward to walking into a store, seeing someone and them not knowing who I am and most likely never seeing me again. College is a fresh start, nobody knows you, nobody talks behind your back, and if people do nobody even cares,” said Gorski.

BRF upsets long time rival West Salem

The West Salem and Black River Falls rivalry was on full display January 24 during the Coulee Conference weekend at the La Crosse Center.

“The La Crosse Center is a very different place to play for high school kids. There is no back drop behind the baskets and the ceiling is much higher than normal high school gyms. Depth perception is a little off for all players,” said head coach Mike Gaier.

Freshman Ethan Anderson says he had a lot of confidence coming into this game, but it was still nerve-wracking to walk in to the La Crosse Center knowing he and his team were taking on long-time rival West Salem.

“It was kind of intimidating at first walking in to a big arena to play a big basketball game, but I just had to focus and play hard like I have been the whole season,” said Anderson.

Baily Williams and the West Salem Panthers started the game strong, but the Tigers were right behind them. BRF Junior Jack Roou kept the Tigers fired up and did his job, scoring a game high 24 points that night.

“All I had to do was put the ball in the hoop and that would bounce off the other players. We knew that we had to play hard the whole 32 minutes to come out with a W,” said Roou.

Gaier’s strategy for the game: play hard for the whole 32 minutes.

“We prepared for the game just like always. We tightened up our offensive sets and tweaked out defensive scheme to take away their offensive tendencies. It wasn’t all me, though, the boys had to come into this game hungrier than ever, and they did just that,” said Gaier.

Senior Matt LaFaunge credited the strong family bond that the guys have this season.

“I can sense a strong love for each other within the team and passion to get better every day. Everyone is pushing each other day in and day out to have a more successful season. This year the guys have a bond that’s unbreakable. We have had each others back through out the whole season,” said LaFaunge.

An earlier version of this story stated that Ethan Anderson is the only freshman on the varsity roster. Freshman Isaac Cowles also plays on the varsity team.