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 girls' soccer team won two if its final three games last week to claim a share of its third Big Rivers Conference championship in the last four years. River Falls defeated Hudson, 3-1, Tuesday, May21, and shut out Menomonie, 4-0, last Thursday, May 23, before Eau Claire Memorial handed the Cats their only BRC loss of the season, 5-0, Friday, May 24, to earn a share of the conference title with River Falls. The Wildcats and Old Abes have combined for the last four conference championships, with River Falls winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, the Old Abes winning in 2012,
River Falls will be sending 14 athletes in ten different events to this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse following last week's Division 1 sectional meet in Rice Lake. The Wildcat girls will be represented by four individuals and one relay team while the boys will send three individuals and one relay team. Seniors Mitch Lenneman and Tiano Pupungatoa will each compete in two individual events for the boys while junior Trent Powell will race in the 1600 meter run and as part of the Cats' 4x400 meter relay team. Powell and Lenneman swept the top two spots in the 1
James Witt struck out ten batters and didn't allow a hit while the Wildcat offense exploded for 18 runs on 16 hits in an 18-0 River Falls win over Menomonie in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, May 21, at the high school field. The second game was a stark contrast from the first as River Falls was held to just three hits in a 9-0 loss to the Mustangs. The Cats wrapped up the regular season with a 5-1 loss to Elk Mound Thursday, May 23. River Falls, the No. 9 seed, opened WIAA regional play this past Tuesday, May 28, at No. 8 Superior.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and improved to 11-2 overall with wins over Eau Claire North and New Richmond last week. The Cats dominated both games but had trouble finding the back of the net.
The Wildcat baseball team couldn't dig itself out of some early holes and couldn't hold on to some late leads when it had the chance while dropping its last five straight games. The Cats were swept by Eau Claire Memorial, 6-0 and 9-2, last Tuesday, May 14, and dropped a pair of games at Hudson, 7-4 and 11-9, last Friday, May 17, before losing a nonconference game to Tartan, 11-7, this past Monday, May 20. River Falls, now 5-9 overall, 4-4 in Big Rivers Conference play, hosted Menomonie in a BRC doubleheader this past Tuesday and will host Elk Mound in a nonconference game Thursday, May 23, a
The Wildcat boys' golf team tied Eau Claire Memorial for first place at a 9-hole mini-meet at Troy Burne Golf Course last Tuesday, May 7 to maintain its slim lead over the Old Abes for first place in the Big Rivers Conference. The Cats played in three 18-hole invitational later in the week, taking second at Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls, sandwiched around a first place finish Thursday at Rice Lake. "We didn't play poorly in either of these losses, but I'd like to think not our best either," head coach Matt Garber said about the Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls invites.
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.