Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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The WIAA Division 2 regional boys' soccer final scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 20 between River Falls and New Richmond has been moved from Wildcat Field to UW-River Falls' Ramer Field with kickoff slated for 4 p.m.
The Hudson Raiders blanked Superior, 5-0, and the River Falls Wildcats got by Menomonie, 2-1, in WIAA regional boys’ soccer play Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Retired River Falls Municipal Utility general manager Carl Gaulke keeps a steady on the wheel of his go-kart while driving with the Zor Roadrunners in the UW-River Falls Shrine and Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 13, on Main Street. Later in the day Gaulke suited up as a member of the chain gang at the UWRF Homecoming football game against UW-Stout. The Falcons made it a happy homecoming with a 21-19 victory over the Blue Devils. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
Koehler tallies hat trick at Lawrence Junior Maggie Koehler netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Lawrence University Wednesday, Oct. 10, but the UW-River Falls women's soccer team came up scoreless in a WIAC match at UW-La Crosse Saturday, Oct. 13. Koehler scored the only goal of the first half to stake the Falcons to a 1-0 lead Wednesday in Appleton and added goals in the 51st and 76th minute to increase her season total to eight, two behind team-leader Camryn Altnau. Jadelyn Hunn added a goal in the 89th minute to make the final 4-0.
You couldn't ask for a better ending to the regular season for the Wildcat boys' soccer team. After handing Hudson its only Big Rivers Conference loss of the year, 1-0, Thursday night, Oct. 11, in Hudson, the Wildcats followed up with a 4-0 victory over Eau Claire North on Senior Night Friday, Oct. 12, to lock up a No. 2 seed heading into WIAA regional play beginning this week.
It's always good to snap a four-game losing streak. It's even better to do it on homecoming. That's what the UW-River Falls football team did last week as Ben Beckman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Sam Altena, Anthony Silva and Tyler Blum combined for 210 rushing yards in a 21-19 homecoming victory over UW-Stout. The win snapped UWRF's four-game losing streak and moved them to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in WIAC play, while Stout slipped to 3-3 and 1-2.
Freshman Jane Briese posted a personal best time to win the 100 yard butterfly, freshman Sadie Ottem won the 500 freestyle, and sophomore Eva Mikla took first in the diving competition in the Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team's 95-73 loss to Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, in River Falls. Head coach Rachael Jensen said the young Wildcats, without a senior on the roster, are continuing to see improvement at each meet.
Wildcat cross country coach Kari DeLuca knew it would be a three-team race for the boys' title at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 13, in Chippewa Falls. And it lived up to the hype. Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial and River Falls were the favorites heading into the day, and they finished in that order with the Raiders winning the team title with 35 points, Eau Claire Memorial second with 42 and the Wildcats third with 52.
The WIAA Board of Control approved a number of coaches' recommendations impacting the spring sports seasons at its monthly meeting on Friday, Oct. 5, in Stevens Point.
One of the biggest cheers of the night at the River Falls football game against Eau Claire North Friday night, Oct. 12, came early in the fourth quarter when it was announced that Chippewa Falls had beaten Hudson, 17-7. By that point the Wildcats were up 41-14. They went on to beat the Huskies, 47-20, and coupled with Hudson's loss at Chippewa Falls, gave River Falls its first Big Rivers Conference championship since 1995, and first outright conference title since 1989.