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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After dropping four straight nonleague games on the road, the River Falls Fighting Fish returned to St. Croix Valley Baseball League action at home over the weekend and swept the Spring Valley Hawks, 6-3, Saturday and 13-3 Sunday. The weekend home stand, billed as the "Highway 29 Series," featured a youth clinic sponsored by Bo's 'N Mine before Saturday's game and free chicken for fans on Sunday, courtesy of Lazy River Bar and Grill.
A shorthanded and banged up River Falls Fighting Fish team lost three games in a row for the first time in their history over the weekend at the Red Wing Tournament at Red Wing's Athletic Field. The Fish lost to the host Red Wing Aces, 7-3, in Friday night's tourney opener before falling to the Coon Rapids Redbirds, 12-8 and the Fairmont Martins, 2-1 on Saturday.
Eight individuals and one team will be inducted into the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame when the third annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Golf Tournament and Banquet takes place Friday, Aug.
River Falls junior Garrett Loomis moved up seven spots on the second day of the WIAA Division 1 Boys' State Golf Tournament in Madison Tuesday to finish in a tie for fifth place with a two-day total of 148. Loomis cut two strokes off his first-day score of 75 at University Ridge Golf Course to card a 73 on Tuesday and bring home a fifth place medal. He was tied for 12th place after Monday's first round. RJ Budd of Sauk Prairie won the state individual title with a total score of 143.
River Falls' Mitch Lenneman and Trent Powell both reached the awards podium in the boys' 1600 meter run and Hudson's Taylor Steffen took home a medal in the girls' shot put at the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse Saturday. Lenneman and Powell both broke the River Falls' school record in the 1600 meter run to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Lenneman crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 14.42 seconds while Powell was clocked at 4:14.77.
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