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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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.
Less than a year-and-a-half after the River Falls Baseball Council kicked off its fundraising effort for a new ballpark, groundbreaking for First National Bank of River Falls Field will take place Wednesday, May 1, at Hoffman Park. The groundbreaking will be in conjunction with the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau "After Hours" event, hosted by the non-profit RFBC, at the future site of the new ballpark on the east end of Hoffman Park.
The Wildcat boys' 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams both set new school records and Trent Powell set a new school mark in the 3200 meter run as River Falls finished second at the 8-team Border Battle Track and Field Meet Friday, April 19 at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse. The event was moved from the high school track indoors to the Knowles Fieldhouse due to inclement weather. Hudson won the team title with 125 points while River Falls was second with 108.
The Wildcat girls' track and field team posted five first place finishes and set two new school records on its way to a first place finish at the inaugural Border Battle Friday, April 19 at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse. The Cats finished with a total of 127.83 points while Hudson took second with 118.33.
JP Eaton won a national championship at the boys' varsity level and McKenzie Curtis won a national title in the JV girls competition while eight members of the River Falls High School Powerlifting Club finished in the top five in their respective weight classes at the 2013 USA Powerlifting High School National Competition in Denver April 6-7. Eaton, who won a JV national championship in 2011, lifted more than 70 kilograms (154.32 pounds) more than his nearest competitor to become the first varsity national champion n River Falls history, while Curtis broke the USAPL women's JV National Meet R