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Cory Rondeau

By Nate Martinson
UWRF Sports Information

In this is his junior season, Cory Rondeau will be a strong inside presence for the Falcon basketball team.

"Cory is a great guy to have in our program," Falcon Coach Jeff Berkhof said. "He brings us athleticism to our big spot. He jumps well and is a great person. Right now he is fulfilling his role - that is to spell Nate Robertson. As our season goes along his role will increase. Cory is an important player in our scheme."

Rondeau, 6-7 230 pounds, in a force in the middle of a very young Falcon team. So far this year he has played in all six games and averages one point and 1.7 rebounds per contest. He's averaging almost 10 minutes of playing time per game. In 2005 Rondeau averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds while playing in 25 games.

Last season the Falcons were 6-19 (5-11 WIAC) and Rondeau feels that the team will improve this season and have a better year.

"We have some good athletes and talented players this year who want to win," Rondeau said.

Rondeau felt that this school had a lot to offer him on and off the court. He felt that UWRF was the place for him to continue his education and get a chance to play more basketball.

"I have met some great people in RF. I have met a lot of life long friends that I really enjoy hanging out with on a regular basis. I feel that I have matured a lot throughout my years here," Rondeau said.

Rondeau, who went to Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minn., averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game in his senior year.

He helped Grand Rapids win two conference titles and also helped the team finish third the Minnesota State tournament in 2002.

"One of the best moments I had in high school would have been when we played in the state tournament. That was very memorable," Rondeau said.

He is the son of Kelly and Timothy Rondeau and is majoring in conservation.

Outside of basketball he likes to hunt and fish with his friends and brother. He also likes to hang out with his roommates as well as his friends.

The key to this season is that the Falcons have to play together and not turn the ball over in crucial situations. Rondeau also feels that Coach Berkhof is very excited for this season and it has carried over to the players.

"I think Coach Berkhof brings in a new face and new philosophies to our program that can help us succeed this year in the WIAC," Rondeau said.

Rondeau feels that the team is very confident going into the conference season. Although the team is very young he feels that the new faces on the team will contribute in a major way.

"I think we are confident right now. We have lost a couple of games but we have plenty of time to come together and we just have to stay positive and help guide some of our young guys along the way," Rondeau said.

Cory Rondeau

Cory Rondeau

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minn.

High School: Grand Rapids

Year: Junior

Height: 6-7

Weight: 230

Position: Forward

Major: Conservation

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