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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Tickets for the Wildcat boys' basketball team's regional final game at Antigo Saturday night will be sold Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the high school activities office. A fan bus to the game will leave from the high school at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost will be around $20 depending on the number of people who sign up. To sign up, or for more information, contact Dan Wunrow at (715) 821-4654. The Wildcats advanced to the regional final by defeating D.C. Everest, 40-33, Tuesday night. River Falls is the No.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team ended the regular season strong last week, defeating Simley, Minn., and Rice Lake by identical 6-1 scores while giving North St. Paul, Minn., all it could handle in a 4-2 loss. The Cats ended the season with records of 5-5-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, 10-9-2 overall. They open WIAA regional play Thursday night at Amery (16-6-1) with the winner traveling to top-seeded Superior (13-7-1) on Tuesday, Feb.
Ten Wildcat wrestlers, including champions Logan Cudd and Cam Loomis, advanced to Saturday's WIAA sectional tournament in Merrill following top-four finishes in their respective weight classes at last Saturday's regional tournament in River Falls. The Cats finished third in the team standings, behind three-time regional champion Hudson and Chippewa Falls. Cudd needed just a little over two minutes to win the regional title at 119 pounds.
The River Falls boys' basketball team went on a 15-2 run in the final six minutes to erase a 31-25 deficit and defeat D.C. Everest, 40-33, in a regional semifinal game Tuesday night in River Falls. The eighth-seeded Cats (18-5) move on to face top-seeded Antigo (21-0) in a regional final game Saturday at 7 p.m. in Antigo. D.C. Everest scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to snap a 25-25 tie and take a six point lead, 31-25. River Falls forced turnovers on the Evergreens next three possessions that all resulted in baskets by Zach Pavlichek.
The Wildcat boys' basketball team picked up a pair of huge Big Rivers Conference road wins last week, defeating Hudson 53-45 last Tuesday before handing Eau Claire Memorial its first conference loss, 59-57, in triple overtime on Saturday. The win over the Old Abes vaulted the Cats into second place in the BRC, two games behind Memorial with three to play. River Falls, now 6-3 in the BRC, 14-4 overall, will visit Menomonie (1-8, 1-15) Friday night and host New Richmond (10-4) in a nonconference game Monday.
The Wildcat gymnastics team cracked the 140 point plateau in a nonconference dual victory over Stillwater, Minn., last Tuesday, then raised the bar even higher to win the Flip for a Cure Invitational Saturday in Galesville.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team took early leads in both of its games last week and never let up on its way to a pair of Big Rivers Conference victories -- 54-42 over Hudson and 55-37 over Eau Claire Memorial. Monday night the Cats dropped a 53-41 nonconference decision at Durand. River Falls, now 4-5 in the BRC, 8-8 overall, will host conference leader Menomonie (7-1, 14-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
The River Falls boys hockey team did its best Tuesday night to keep Superior from making it to a ninth straight WIAA State Tournament, but in a game that lasted nearly four hours and included a total of 96 shots on goal, the Spartans outlasted the Wildcats, 2-1, with a goal 30 seconds into the fifth overtime in a sectional semifinal in Superior. "It was just an incredible hockey game," River Falls head coach Nick Jenkins said. "It was something special to be a part of. You can't hang your heads after something like that. We lost, but those boys got after it.
Wildcat hockey coach Nick Jenkins is seeing some good things from his team, just not enough to win games lately. The Cats saw their losing streak stretch to three straight with a pair of one-goal losses last week, 3-2 to Hudson last Tuesday and 4-3 in overtime Saturday to New Richmond. "We have lost some close games, but there are bright spots," Jenkins said.
The Wildcat boys' basketball team is doing all the little things it needs to do to win. The Cats proved that in their last three games, a 38-37 win over Eau Claire North last Tuesday, a 56-42 victory over Chippewa Falls Friday, and a 64-40 win over Prescott Monday. River Falls, now 12-4 overall, 4-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, will visit Hudson (6-9, 4-4) Thursday and Eau Claire Memorial (13-3, 7-0) Saturday. Wildcat head coach Greg Gaulke said he likes the way his team is playing right now. "As I've said for years, good things take time to grow, and the boys are doing some nice things o