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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River Falls' Nathan Fuller and Mitchell Williamson and Hudson's Jacob Anderson, will all wrestle for spots on the podium on the final day of the WIAA Individual State Tournament today, Saturday, Feb. 24. Fuller and Williamson dropped their semifinal matches Friday night while Anderson won his consolation quarterfinal match to join Fuller and Williamson in the consolation semifinals.
The UW-River Falls men's hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the WIAC Tournament with a 7-1 victory and a 3-3 tie at UW-Superior Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. The Falcons will next face regular season champion and top-seed UW-Stevens Point in a two-game semifinal series this weekend, Feb. 23-24 in Stevens Point.
Despite a second place Big Rivers Conference finish, a five-game winning streak and a 13-8 overall record, the Wildcat boys basketball team will open the postseason on the road Friday, March 2, at Tomah. The Cats overcame a sluggish first half against Chippewa Falls to post a 73-46 victory over the Cardinals Thursday, Feb. 15 that assured no lower than a second place finish in the BRC. Two days later freshman Zac Johnson scored 27 of his 31 points in the first half in a 76-39 win over Ashland for the Cats' fifth straight win and sixth in seven games.
River Falls' Nathan Fuller and Mitchell Williamson reached the semifinals of their respective weight classes and Wildcat Chance Kamrowski and Hudson's Jacob Anderson are still alive on the consolation side of the bracket after the first day of the WIAA Division 1 Individual State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, in Madison.
Members of the River Falls Girls Basketball Association 7 Blue traveling team took first place at a season ending tournament held in Fridley, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 10. Team members include, front row, from left, Elena Dexheimer, Emily Mansfield, Alli Laube and Bella Juedes. Second row, assistant coach Emily Dimartino, Rebecca Randleman, Dorothy Wiatr, Layla Czaplewski, Abbey Robey and head coach Mark Babler. Photo courtesy of Jill Dexheimer
A 77-61 win over UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Feb. 14 was good enough to earn the UW-River Falls men's basketball team a home game for the first round of the WIAC Tournament despite losing at UW-Platteville, 81-69, three days later. UWRF and UW-Whitewater entered the final week of the regular season tied for fourth place in the WIAC standings at 6-6 each. The Falcons held the tiebreaker over the Warhawks thanks to their season sweep but didn't need it in the end as UWRF went 1-1 in its final two games while the Warhawks went 0-2,
After clobbering the WSFLG Blizzard, 12-2, in a Section 1 regional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Wildcat Centre, the Wildcat boys hockey team couldn't get past second-seeded Superior and saw its season end with a 6-1 loss to the Spartans in the regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, in Superior. The Spartans advanced to face third-seeded New Richmond in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20 while the Wildcat season ended with a record of 5-18-1.
Junior Logan McLaughlin posted a pair of top ten finishes and senior Huck Boles placed sixth in diving to lead River Falls representatives at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. McLaughlin finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle while teaming up with senior John Augustin, sophomore Seth Larsen and senior Andrew Richardt for a ninth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team raced out to an 18-point lead midway through the first half but had to hold on for a 79-68 victory in the first round of the WIAC Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Page Arena.
The Wildcat girls basketball team tuned up for the playoffs with a pair of wins on the road in the final week of the regular season, beating Baldwin-Woodville, 52-41, Tuesday, Feb. 13, and New Richmond, 54-40, Saturday, Feb. 17. The Cats and Tigers squared off again in a first round playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 20, with the winner advancing to face top-seed Onalaska Friday, Feb. 23, in Onalaska.