By Jude Harder
The minutes may not be there right now for Rory Trimbo but he doesn't let that stop him from giving it his all whenever he's on the court with the Falcons basketball team.
Whether in practice or in the game he consistently shows hard work and dedication to the team and stays ready for when his number is called.
So far this season Trimbo has played in seven games, averaging just under a point and .4 rebounds a game. But Trimbo's importance to the team is beyond statistics and minutes. His no quit attitude and commitment to the team lead by example on a very young Falcon roster.
"Rory comes to practice everyday and works extremely hard. He hasn't played much, but he never complains, works hard and does his best to the make the other bigs on the team better," said Falcon Head Coach Jeff Berkhof.
At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Trimbo provides the Falcons with size and depth in the middle. With fellow big man Nate Robertson out to such an explosive start this season and backup Cory Rondeau playing well, minutes have been hard to come by for Trimbo. But with two years of eligibility left after this season, Trimbo's time will eventually come to play important minutes for the Falcons.
Trimbo strongest performance of this season came against Finlandia when he logged six minutes of work, made a very pretty hook shot, snared a rebound and made a tremendous block that brought the crowd at Karges Center to its feet.
On the court, Trimbo feels most comfortable in the low post where he can use his frame and shooting ability to create high quality shots for the Falcons.
"My strength is my post play. I think I can do a lot of different stuff in the post, but my main shot is my jump hook," said Trimbo.
Trimbo originally attended North Dakota State University but quickly transferred to River Falls. He wasn't too fond of North Dakota's flat landscape and absence of trees.
"I like to get out and explore nature, but I couldn't do that there. River Falls provides those opportunities to get outside and do things in nature," said Trimbo.
Trimbo played basketball on and off as a child but didn't play organized basketball until the eighth grade. The son of Julie and Steve Trimbo, Rory gives his parents a lot of credit in helping him develop his game. "They put me in basketball when I was little but as I got older they left those decisions to me if I wanted to play or not." Once he decided he wanted play, his parents did all they could to assist him in his ambitions.
"They helped a lot in my development by running me all over the place for AAU games and camps. I'm really grateful that they were able to help me in that way," said Trimbo.
Trimbo attended Belle Plaine High School in Minnesota. He was named to the all-conference team in 2003.
In his first season with the Falcons Trimbo appeared in four games and averaged just under a point and a rebound a game.
Only a sophomore, Trimbo is a veteran on this year's makeover roster from last season. He is one of only seven players left from the Falcons 16-man roster from last season. Trimbo is encouraged from what he sees from the new faces on this year's team and sees a lot of potential both this season and in seasons to come for the Falcons.
"I think we have a lot of talent this year and I think we have the ability to able to beat anybody we play. We've played a lot of good teams and we've been with them right until the end," Trimbo said.
Trimbo is also one of nine underclassmen on this year's team who look to provide many great moments for Falcons fans in the years to come. Trimbo thinks this year's class has the ability to do very big things.
"I think as the freshman class we have this year gets up into their junior and senior years they are going to be unstoppable," said Trimbo.
The Falcons, who currently stand at 7-9 overall and 2-5 in the WIAC, have lost some very close games that could have gone either way. For a team this young and unfamiliar with each other, it's quite an accomplishment for them to hang around and battle top-rated teams like Whitewater, Stevens Point and St. Thomas.
"As a team we still have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We know that we were right there in those games and we had the ability to take them. We know we have the ability to beat anybody," said Trimbo.
Off the hard court, Trimbo enjoys to backpack in the mountains. He also likes to read, listen to music and hang out with friends.Trimbo is majoring in health & human performance with interdisciplinary studies in athletic training and outdoor education. He aspires to someday be an athletic trainer or do something environmental field, such as working in a state park in Colorado.
University of Wisconsin - River Falls