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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Former River Falls High School teammates Marty Herum and JP Feyereisen swept the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Baseball Player of the Week awards for the first week of April, the league announced Tuesday, April 9. Herum, a sophomore first baseman at UW-Whitewater, was named the WIAC Position Player of the Week while Feyereisen, a righthanded sophomore at UW-Stevens Point was named the league's Pitcher of the Week. In six games for Whitewater last week, Herum went 10-for-24 (.458), with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI to help the Warhawks to a 6-0 record.
Wildcat senior Casey Jerry scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the Section 1 team's 4-2 victory over Section 6 in the third place game at the Wisconsin Senior Class Tournament in Waupun March 24. Jerry, who earned First team All-State and All-Big Rivers Conference honors with the Wildcats this season, was one of ten area players on the Section 1 team coached by former River Falls coach Brooks Lockwood of Hudson.
River Falls' activities director Rollie Hall said this year's late thaw reminds him of what it was like when he was a kid. But that doesn't mean he likes it. Hall has been busy rescheduling games and shuffling practice time and space as all the Wildcat spring teams wait for the snow to clear and the fields to dry out. So far, the baseball, softball and tennis teams have all seen the start of their seasons, scheduled for this week, wiped out.
Senior Riley Claude set a new indoor school record in the pole vault and senior Paige Skorseth set a new school mark in the 3200 meter run to lead the Wildcat girls to a second place finish in the 14-team large School Division at the season-opening Northern Badger Track and Field Classic March 23 at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. Hudson won the team title with a total of 81 points followed by River Falls with 60.5. Anoka, Minn.
The Wildcat gymnastics team's historic 2012-13 season just keeps getting better. The Cats, fresh off their record-setting sixth state championship, dominated the Wisconsin High School Gymnastics Association Division 2 All-State and Academic All-State teams released on Monday. Ten Wildcats earned either first team, second team or honorable mention to the WHSGA All-State team while 13 earned Academic All-State recognition.
It didn't take long for the Wildcat boys' track and field team to launch an assault on the school record books this season. The Cats set three new indoor school records on their way to tying Hudson for first place in the 14-team Large School division at the season-opening Northern Badger Classic Saturday, March 23 at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. The Wildcats and Raiders both finished with 90 points at the meet while La Crosse Central was a distant third with 75. Anoka, Minn.
The River Falls High School powerlifting team placed 12 individuals in the top ten, including a state champion in senior J.P.
Eric Wunrow's senior season of football didn't go exactly as he had hoped.
Three Wildcat seniors got together at the high school to announce their college commitments on National Signing Day last month, bringing to four the number of River Falls student-athletes who have accepted scholarship offers from NCAA Division I or II schools. Tiano Pupungatoa signed his national letter of intent to play football for Army and Eric Wunrow announced he will play football at Bemidji State University while Paige Skorseth will run cross country at DePaul University. Last November, their classmate Alex Call signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Ball State Univer
Senior Nathan Kinneman and juniors Sebastian Larson and Zach Radkey-Pechacek have all been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference wrestling teams. Kinneman and Larson both earned spots on the second team while Radkey-Pechacek received honorable mention. All three Wildcats advanced to the WIAA sectional tournament. Kinneman finished his senior season with a record of 17-11 and a fourth place finish at 138 pounds at the Marshfield Sectional.