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 Wildcat gymnasts fielded two teams at the 16-team River Falls Gymnastics Invitational Saturday, Jan. 12 at the high school taking second place in the Gold Division and fifth in the Silver Division. The Wildcat varsity competed in the Gold Division and posted a total team score of 133.05, second only to Rice Lake/Cumberland's 133.925, while the junior varsity totaled 118.475 to take fifth in the Silver Division.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team held New Richmond scoreless over the final five minutes of the game to pull out a 37-32 nonconference victory the night of Friday, Jan. 5 at the high school gym. The Tigers battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a 32-30 lead with five minutes remaining.
The opening face-off for the Wildcat boys' hockey team's nonconference game against the WSFLG (Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg) Blizzard Saturday at UW-River Falls' Hunt Arena has been changed to 5:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hunt Arena.
Sebastian Larson wrestled to a third place finish and five Wildcats earned spots on the awards podium as the cats finished sixth in the Division 1 competition at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29 at River Falls High School. Niellsville-Greenwood-Loyal won the Division 1 title with 204.5 points followed by Rhinelander with 184.5 and Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg with 179.5. The Wildcats finished sixth with 125.7. St.
After dropping the first game at the Culver Cup in Madison last week, the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey came back to win its next two games to claim the consolation championship, sealing the title with a 2-1 victory over Arrowhead on Saturday. "The girls played some good hockey and had lots of fun in Madison," head coach Matt Cranston said.
After the Wildcat boys' basketball team's 71-44 win over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday coach Greg Gaulke said he's pretty happy with his team heading into the two-week holiday break. "It's a wonderful way to go into the break," he said.
Eleven different Wildcats broke into the scoring column and River Falls held Osceola to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters as the Wildcat girls' basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 55-31, Dec. 11 at the high school. Later in the week the Cats fell to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, with a 46-34 home loss to Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls visited Chippewa Falls and Somerset for nonconference games before taking a two-week holiday break starting Dec. 20. Dec.
One hundred and forty-one of the strongest high school athletes in western Wisconsin descended on River Falls High School Dec. 15 for a Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regional meet hosted by the RFHS Powerlifting Club. Nine schools were represented at the meet, the first ever held at the high school gym, in both varsity and junior varsity competition. Athletes compete in three different events -- squat, bench press-and dead lift -- with awards based on the total weight lifted. The RFHS Powerlifting Club has been in existence for five years.
Sally Cranston scored two goals and sisters Emma and Miranda VanDell had a goal apiece as the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over New Richmond Dec. 13 in New Richmond. The Fusion, now 3-3 on the season, will visit Rochester John Marshall Thursday, Dec. 20, before competing in the Culvers Cup Dec. 27-29 in Madison. Head coach Matt Cranston said the Fusion looked good in their win at New Richmond. "I was happy with the performance of the girls tonight," he said.
Cold shooting plagued the Wildcat boys' basketball team in its first two Big Rivers Conference games of the season last week. The Cats were able to grind out a 45-42 victory over winless Menomonie last Tuesday, Dec. 4, but weren't able to overcome a physical Rice Lake team in a 54-32 loss to the undefeated Warriors on Friday, De. 7. River Falls, now 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the BRC, returns to action this Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.