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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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
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has selected the River Falls High School gymnastics team as a winner of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2013 winter state tournaments. River Falls receives the Sportsmanship Award for the second straight year in gymnastics. The Wildcats won the Division 2 team title at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in March. This is the fifth Sportsmanship Award won by River Falls High School across all sports. The St.
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.