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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Sebastian Larson wrestled to a third place finish and five Wildcats earned spots on the awards podium as the cats finished sixth in the Division 1 competition at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29 at River Falls High School. Niellsville-Greenwood-Loyal won the Division 1 title with 204.5 points followed by Rhinelander with 184.5 and Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg with 179.5. The Wildcats finished sixth with 125.7. St.
After dropping the first game at the Culver Cup in Madison last week, the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey came back to win its next two games to claim the consolation championship, sealing the title with a 2-1 victory over Arrowhead on Saturday. "The girls played some good hockey and had lots of fun in Madison," head coach Matt Cranston said.
After the Wildcat boys' basketball team's 71-44 win over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday coach Greg Gaulke said he's pretty happy with his team heading into the two-week holiday break. "It's a wonderful way to go into the break," he said.
Eleven different Wildcats broke into the scoring column and River Falls held Osceola to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters as the Wildcat girls' basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 55-31, Dec. 11 at the high school. Later in the week the Cats fell to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, with a 46-34 home loss to Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls visited Chippewa Falls and Somerset for nonconference games before taking a two-week holiday break starting Dec. 20. Dec.
One hundred and forty-one of the strongest high school athletes in western Wisconsin descended on River Falls High School Dec. 15 for a Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regional meet hosted by the RFHS Powerlifting Club. Nine schools were represented at the meet, the first ever held at the high school gym, in both varsity and junior varsity competition. Athletes compete in three different events -- squat, bench press-and dead lift -- with awards based on the total weight lifted. The RFHS Powerlifting Club has been in existence for five years.
Sally Cranston scored two goals and sisters Emma and Miranda VanDell had a goal apiece as the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over New Richmond Dec. 13 in New Richmond. The Fusion, now 3-3 on the season, will visit Rochester John Marshall Thursday, Dec. 20, before competing in the Culvers Cup Dec. 27-29 in Madison. Head coach Matt Cranston said the Fusion looked good in their win at New Richmond. "I was happy with the performance of the girls tonight," he said.
Cold shooting plagued the Wildcat boys' basketball team in its first two Big Rivers Conference games of the season last week. The Cats were able to grind out a 45-42 victory over winless Menomonie last Tuesday, Dec. 4, but weren't able to overcome a physical Rice Lake team in a 54-32 loss to the undefeated Warriors on Friday, De. 7. River Falls, now 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the BRC, returns to action this Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Former state champion and new Wildcat gymnastics coach Rachel Paulson has her old team off to a flying start after the first two tournaments of the season. The Cats took third at the season-opening Wisconsin Rapids Invitational Dec. 1 before taking first place at last Saturday's Chippewa Falls Invite. The Cats have ten days off before beginning defense of their Big Rivers Conference title Tuesday, Dec.
The Wildcat hockey team dropped a pair of games to two of the top teams in the state last week before going across the border to St. Paul and coming home with a 5-3 victory over Simley. The Cats, now 3-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, hosted Chippewa Falls this past Tuesday and will visit Onalaska Saturday, Dec. 15 before traveling to Eau Claire North Tuesday, Dec. 18. Head coach Mike Kealy said the Cats needed a win after two straight losses and played well in their 5-3 victory over Simley Saturday, Dec. 8. "This was a good win and we needed that," he said.
The Wildcat wrestling team won the final four matches of the night to score a come-from-behind 40-30 victory over Rice Lake Thursday, Dec. 6 before wrestling to a third place finish at the 12-teaam Barron Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8. River Falls trailed Rice Lake 30-24 when Winston Bystrom picked up a 5-3 overtime decision at 152 pounds to cut the deficit in half.