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Six Falcon Women Basketball Student-Athletes Earn WIAC All-Academic Honor

Posted by Falcons Fan on August 30, 2010

Six Falcon Women Basketball Student-Athletes Earn WIAC All-Academic Honor.

Student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls earned the 2009-10 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Award for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

During the 2009-10 academic year, nearly 50 percent of the student-athletes competing in the conference achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale) and were named to the Scholastic Honor Roll.

Individuals named to the Scholastic Honor Roll receive a certificate.

“This is another example of how engaged Falcon student-athletes are regarding the academic rigors of college life,” said Athletic Director, Roger Ternes. “They are model students for the young men and women who attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to emulate”.

Women’s Head Coach Cindy Holbrook said “It is a great honor for our student athletes. We expect all our players to excel in the classroom and the court.”

The six student athlets from the 2009-2010 season include:

Melissa Carmody   G 5-7 Fr.  Barneveld


Brittany Gregorich   F 5-9 Fr.  Altoona


Tiffany Gregorich   G 5-5 So.  Altoona


Kelli Hilt   G 5-6 Sr.  Lakeville, MN / North HS


Jenna Hanson   G 5-6 Sr.  Altoona


Lindsey Olson   F 6-0 Fr.  Plainview, MN / Plainview-Elgin-Millville HS 

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Falcon Seniors honored during basketball banquet

Posted by Falcons Fan on April 12, 2010

Falcon seniors with coaches

Falcon seniors with coaches

UW River Falls parents joined  the coaching staff, managers and the basketball  players to honor the 2009-10 team. Seniors Jenna Hanson, Kelli Hilt and Katie Theisen  were featured during the Sunday afternoon banquet.  The group of seniors led the Falcons to a 18 -7 record during  the 2009-2010 season.  

 Jenna Hanson , 5-6, averaged 4.5 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. She had 45 assists, 30 steals and three blocked shots. She shot 39-113 (.345) from the field, including 6-27 (.222) from three point range. She was 15-25 (.600) from the line. Hanson, was a two year team caption and was well known for her tough defense. Jenna was a three year starter.

Katie Theisen, 5-6, averaged 3.7 points and 1.1 rebounds a game. She had 12 assists, 18 steals and 5 blocked shots. She shot 25-74 (.338) from the field, including 19-59 (.322) from three point range. She was 23-33 (.697) from the line. Katie  was well known for her three point shooting and her spark she provided when she entered the game.

Kelli Hilt, 5-6, averaged 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds a game. She had 38 assists, 41 steals and a blocked shot. She shot 53-134 (.396) from the field, including 5-31 (.161) from three point range. She was 42-63 (.667) from the line. Hilt, who was named to the 2009 All-Sportsmanship team, scored in double digits three times. She twice scored 11 points in a game and had a season-high six rebounds in the team’s game against Stout on Jan. 6.

The seniors give thanks for their Falcon career video

Jenna and Coach Holbrook

Jenna and Coach Holbrook

Video of Tiff talking about Jenna

Katie and Coach Holbrook

Katie and Coach Holbrook

Video of Lauren talking about Katie

Kelli and Coach Holbrook

Kelli and Coach Holbrook

Video of Tess talking about Kelli

Jenna and Katie

Jenna and Katie


Kelli and parents

Kelli and parents

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Q & A with UW River Falls Falcon Senior #24 Jenna Hanson

Posted by Falcons Fan on March 11, 2010

As we say goodbye to Senior Jenna Hanson we thought you might want to know her a little better.

Jenna Hanson , 5-6, averaged 4.5 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. She had 45 assists, 30 steals and three blocked shots. She shot 39-113 (.345) from the field, including 6-27 (.222) from three point range. She was 15-25 (.600) from the line. Hanson, was a two year team caption and was well known for her tough defense. Jenna was a three year starter.

1-Parents’ name: Jon & Terri Hanson

2-Home town and School: Altoona, WI – Altoona High School

3-Major/Minor: Major in Sociology, Minor in Criminal Justice

4-I plan on Graduating in (date). May 2010

5-Next year during Basketball season I will be? Too old to play, hopefully working

 6-Favorite UWRF Basketball memory? Winning 13 straight games

 7-Favorite UWRF Basketball memory from my senior year? Going to California

8-In Five years I will be? Working in probation/parole

9-Why did you decide to attend UWRF? To play basketball and obtain a criminal justice degree

10-My Friends Call Me: Jenna

11-Favorite College Class: Trends & Issues in Incarceration

12-What is your favorite spot on campus? The gym

 13-Advice I’d give a young athlete: Work hard and have fun

14-In my free time I like to: Camp, fish, boat, shop

15-One word that best describes me: dedicated

16-Nobody knows how much I love to: Run

 17-The best thing about attending UWRF is: Meeting my friends

18-My dream job would be: Special Agent

19- Advice for UWRF Basketball players next year- Have confidence in yourself and the team

20-Advice for future UWRF Basketball recruits? Work hard & have fun

 21- What will you miss most about UWRF? My friends and basketball

22-What will you miss most about UWRF Basketball? My friends

 23-My Coaches at UWRF were? Dedicated to the team

24-My basketball teammates were? Like a family

25-What is one word you hope to use to describe yourself in ten years? accomplished

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Good Bye to the Seniors- Jenna, Katie and Kelli

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 25, 2010

Seniors we applaud you.

We applaud you seniors

We applaud you seniors

The seniors played their last game as a UWRF Falcon basketball player Tuesday night in the loss to Stout. Your leadership, heart and play will be missed by all Falcon fans

Thanks for the memories Jenna, Katie and Kelli. We have some season highlights of your  play below.

14 Katie Theisen G 5-6 Sr. Andover, MN

Watch Katie play

Katie with FT and good defense

Rebounds and Katie for two

Katie for two

24 Jenna Hanson G 5-6 Sr. Altoona   

Watch Jenna Play

Jenna for two

Jenna again for two

Jenna keeps knocking them down

33 Kelli Hilt G 5-6 Sr. Lakeville, MN/North HS

Watch Kelli play.

Kelli for two and one.

Kelli for two

Kelli rebounding and scoring

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Lady Falcon love from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 10, 2010

Women’s college basketball: Altoona natives help UW-River Falls exceed expectations

Brittany, left, and Tiffany Gregorich of UW-River Falls basketball team.

Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:28 pm, Mon Feb 8, 2010.

By Justin Harings Leader-Telegram staff

The UW-River Falls women’s basketball team is building something here.

It’s not taking very long either.

Essentially the same group of youngsters who took their lumps last season has the Falcons fighting for their best finish in more than two decades

“We just have a pretty well-balanced team,” UW-River Falls coach Cindy Holbrook said. “I expected a lot out of us this year.”

By anyone’s standards, she’s getting it. Thanks in part to a group of former Altoona standouts, the Falcons (17-4, 9-4) are second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, trailing preseason favorite UW-Stevens Point by a half-game with two weeks to play.

If the Falcons can hold steady, they will earn their best finish since winning back-to-back WIAC championships in 1987-’88 and 1988-’89. They have placed third three times since winning those titles but not higher.

“We have a lot of athletic girls,” sophomore guard Tiffany Gregorich said. “I think our main thing is defense.”

Gregorich, who was one of the area’s best prep players before graduating from Altoona, has been a centerpiece since stepping onto campus. She led the Falcons in scoring as a freshman and received honorable mention all-WIAC. Her 15.5 points per game this season are third-best in the league and lead a team that returns every player who started a game last year.

She has been partially supported by five freshmen, including her younger sister, Brittany. The 5-foot-9 forward is third on the team in scoring (7.7 ppg) and second in rebounding (4.7 rpg). The Gregoriches’ contributions emphasize the promise of a team that has but five upperclassmen on the roster.

“It’s a fun year,” Tiffany Gregorich said. “Yeah, we’re young, but we can also learn.”

The Falcons, who were picked to finish sixth by the conference’s sports information directors after finishing last year in that position, have stood at or near the top all season. They won their first 13 games and were ranked nationally by both d3hoops.com and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association until losing four of five games during a January hiccup. They still were receiving votes in both polls.

“Our sophomores have been really up and down,” said Holbrook, who took over in 2000 and has the second-most wins in program history. “They’ve been unpredictable. There’s no question about it. But we have a good basketball team.”

The victories are coming again now. The Falcons have won three consecutive games, including a rare victory at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena on Wednesday and a 64-48 statement victory over UW-Whitewater last weekend. They travel to leader UW-Stevens Point for a critical game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Falcons beat the Pointers at home in December.

“During January, we just kind of dropped our defense a lot,” Tiffany Gregorich said. “We practice on it all the time now. Hopefully, that keeps going.”

Instead of fighting just to gain entrance to the six-team WIAC tournament at the end of this month, the Falcons are contending for one of two first-round byes. They have never played in the championship game of the conference tournament, dating back to 1999.

Perhaps the most telling indicator of the Falcons’ progress is their reluctancy to focus on anything but the present. The longer the Falcons keep playing this season, the better the chance that senior guard Jenna Hanson can return from an injury and finish her collegiate career on the court.

“If we keep going, then she can come back and play for us still,” said Tiffany Gregorich, a friend of Hanson’s dating back to their time at Altoona. “It’d be nice to do it for our seniors because they’ve been here for four years.”

Soon enough, even the youngest Falcons will be on the other end of that sentiment. But not too soon.

“We’ve got a bright future,” Holbrook said. “There’s no question about it. We’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

Here is a link to the article.

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One of the greatest halftime shots ever

Posted by Falcons Fan on February 7, 2010

At halftime the Falcons select three people to shoot a layup, free throw , three pointer and then selects one person who gets to shot from half court.

For a made free throw you get a burrito, a free throw two burritos, a three pointer- three burritos.  For the half court shot you get like 250 burritos(I think), as you can imagine this is a big deal for a big eater.

You need to see this guy, I think is name is Jon.

View Jon for a layup and free throw

Jon missed his free throw so no three pointer was taken.

As luck would have it for Jon this night he was selected for the 250 free Burrito half court shot. Many people could tell he was hungry.

View Jon’s half court shot here-Amazing

My camera stoped in mid flight, I was quickly able to restart my camera after a few seconds.

View the fan reaction to Jon’s shot- WOW Jon has a lot a friends when you have 250 free burritos. Even the mens team stormed the court for Jon.

Jon was a celebity at the post game Birthday party for Tiffany where all the players, parents and Falcon fans attended.

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Hanson Leads Team From Point Guard Position

Posted by Falcons Fan on December 9, 2009

Jenna Hanson


By Charlie Korenchen
UWRF Sports Information

Jenna Hanson is one of the Falcon women’s basketball team’s leaders from the point guard position. She is a 5-6 senior from Altoona Wis., and began her college career at Winona State before transferring to the UW-River Falls.

Hanson transferred from Winona State to the Falcon program because she decided to change her major. Hanson has averages of 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game throughout her college career. She has helped the team to a 6-0 overall and 2-0 WIAC record so far this year averaging 5.8 points and four rebounds a game. She has 16 assists and seven steals for the No. 23 ranked Falcons.

She has been playing basketball since first grade. She continued by playing traveling basketball and then high school ball. One of her favorite basketball memories is making a last second shot in a high school semi-final playoff game. Another favorite basketball memory of hers is when the Falcons played the Badgers in Madison in an exhibition game at the start of last season.

Her teammates are going to be looking to her throughout the season to help them compete in the WIAC.

Falcon Head Coach Cindy Holbrook had a lot of great things to say about Hanson. “Jenna has really stepped up her game in the last year or so. She’s become a very nice shooter because she spends the time on it. She’s a hard worker and she’s really made a commitment to the success of our team this year. Jenna has become more vocal and has learned to let her competitiveness show more on the court. Her emotion is a great spark for her teammates.”

Hanson hopes that the team can finish in the top three or four in the WIAC this season.

Hanson, though, is just as impressive off the court as she in on the court. She has twice been on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. She is a sociology major with a minor in criminal justice. When she is not studying she likes to play softball, shop, and hang out with her friends. She also enjoys fishing and camping.

Hanson has a lot of great plans for her future. After graduating from River Falls she hopes to be a probation agent.


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UW River Falls Seniors discuss their final basketball season on video

Posted by Falcons Fan on October 25, 2009

UW River Falls Seniors discuss the up coming season on video.  Katie Theisen, Kelli Hilt and Jenna Hanson discuss what being a senior means the them and what activities they did in the off season.

View Katie Theisen here.

View Kelli Hilt here.

View Jenna Hanson here.

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Get to Know Senior Guard #24 Jenna Hanson of the UW-River Falls Falcons Women’s Basketball Team

Posted by Falcons Fan on September 15, 2009



Jenna Hanson

Jenna Hanson


33 Questions with  Senior Guard #24 Jenna Hanson  of the UW-River Falls Falcons Women’s Basketball team

 1­Parent(s) name(s): Jon & Terri Hanson      

2­Home town and School:  Altoona, WI   Altoona High School

 3­Major/Minor:   Sociology/Criminal Justice

 4­My Friends Call Me:   Jenna

 5­Favorite College Class:   Prisons & Incarceration

 6­Favorite Quote:   Everything happens for a reason

 7­What is your favorite spot on campus?   Karges

 8­What makes you laugh?    Funny things, YouTube

 9­Advice I’d give a young athlete:   Work hard, keep your head up 

 10­In my free time I like to:  Run, shop, fish, boat, camp….

 11­Pre­game Superstition:   can’t drink any pop/soda on game day, have to eat at least an hour before game time

 12­One word that best describes me:  quiet

 13­Nobody knows how much I love to:  fish and ride my motorcycle

 14­If I weren’t playing basketball I would be:  graduated and working

 15­The best thing about attending UWRF is:   the atmosphere and people here

 16­My dream job would be:   Parole Agent

 17­If you could be on the cover of a magazine, it would be? Why?  Sports Illustrated… Love basketball and sports

 18­My greatest sports moment was:   Hitting a buzzer beater in high school

 19­What would you like to learn and achieve this sports season?  Learn as much as I can and have a fun and winning season

 20­Describe an ideal teammate:  works hard, competitive, works well with others

 21­What is one word that describes you right now?  reliable

 22­What is one word you hope to use to describe yourself in ten years?  ?

23­What’s one television show that you can’t miss each week?  Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice

24­If you had a theme song, what would it be? Welcome to Atlanta J

 25­ What is your biggest pet peeve? People who don’t respect others

 26­ If you were a traffic sign what would you be? A Caution sign

 27­ If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be? MJ

28­ If you could do anything just once, what would it be?  Sky dive…but I’m scared of heights

 29­If we made a movie of your life what would it be called and who 

would star in it? The life of Jenna Hanson.  I would star or Carmen Diaz.

 30­If you were to choose an animal you most resemble, what would it be?   cat

 31-Why did you decide to come to UWRF?to play basketball

 32-What’s the best thing about UWRF in your experience so far?The basketball teammates

 33-How do you feel about your UWRF basketball teammates?  Coaches?Love ‘em all

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