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 two-time defending St. Croix Valley Baseball League champion River Falls Fighting Fish will host the Plum City Blues Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the River Falls High School Field. The local amateur men's baseball team is coming off a 2012 season that saw it post a record of 34-10 overall, 14-1 in SCVBL play. The Fish return a number of players from their 2012 league championship team but will be without the services of two key players -- shortstop Marty Herum and pitcher J.P.
The Wildcat baseball team has gone 3-3 in its last six games, with all three wins coming against Big Rivers Conference opponents. The Cats split a doubleheader with Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 7, winning the first game on an RBI single by Ryan Tierney in the top of the ninth inning before losing the nightcap, 9-4.
Former River Falls High School teammates JP Feyereisen of UW-Stevens Point, and Marty Herum of UW-Whitewater, have been selected the Pitcher of the Year and Position Player of the Year, respectively, to lead the 20 individuals chosen to the 2013 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Baseball Team by the league coaches. Herum, a 2010 RFHS graduate, claimed the WIAC Position Player of the Year award for the second straight season, becoming just the second individual in league history to accomplish the feat.
The Wildcat track and field teams' depth was on full display Monday, May 6, as the Cats swept the boys' and girls' titles at the Stan Barr Relays in New Richmond. The Wildcat boys edged Hudson by 2.5 points, winning the team title with a total of 103.5, while the girls' finished with 104 points, five ahead on Hudson.
It wasn't exactly baseball weather, but the official groundbreaking for the new First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park was held in a snowstorm last Wednesday afternoon near the projected home plate area of the new facility. The lighted, stadium-style ballpark with covered grandstand will serve as the future home to the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball team, the River Falls American Legion Post 121 team, select River Falls High School varsity games, and "showcase" River Falls Youth Baseball events.
After dropping an 11-1 decision to Eau Claire North in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, April 30, the Wildcat baseball team saw the nightcap slip away on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh that gave the Huskies a 5-4 victory and a sweep of a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader in River Falls. The Cats jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead in the second game of the doubleheader, but North chipped away with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before scoring two more in the seventh to pull out the victory. "We were pleased with how the guys responded to s
After being limited to hitting balls off a net into a screen at Meyer Middle School all month, the 2013 Wildcat boys' golf team hit the ground running, playing a total of 63 holes in five days, including a first-place finish at the first Big Rivers Conference match of the season. The Cats hosted the match at Clifton Hollow April 25, and with patches of snow still lingering in the sand traps and under trees, put together a first place team score of 153 to edge Eau Claire Memorial by two strokes. River Falls placed fifth at the 36-hole, two-day Wayzata Invitational last Friday and Saturday, be
The Wildcat boys' tennis team received strong efforts from its three doubles teams while posting a pair of victories over Chippewa Falls and Amery in its last two matches. The Cats swept the doubles competition in their Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday against the Cardinals and picked up a win from Alex Huset at No.
Greg Gaulke is going out with a smile on his face. After 33 years coaching basketball, including the last 25 as Wildcat boys' head coach, Gaulke announced his retirement last Friday, April 26. "It's just the right time to do it," he said. "My goal was to go out on top and have pride in the program, and the program is solid. Too many coaches; they don't get to leave with smiles on their faces. This feels wonderful." Gaulke, who will continue to teach 5th grade at Rocky Branch Elementary School, began his career as the freshman coach at Park Falls.
Just hours after completing her first Boston Marathon; after two explosions tore through the crowd near the finish line; after the initial fear and anxiety and confusion of the situation had subsided, at least a little, Kayla Gaulke of River Falls started thinking: "What if?" Gaulke ran last Monday's marathon in 3 hours, 44.04 seconds.