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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Mike Kealy is no stranger to River Falls hockey. A former Wildcat himself, Kealy has coached at every level of the River Falls Youth Hockey Association, including guiding Pee Wee and Bantam teams to state titles in 2004 and 2005, and serving as RFYHA board president from April, 2009 to April 2012. So when Kealy stepped on the ice as the Wildcats' new head coach Monday, Nov. 5, he was more than ready for the job. "I've wanted this for so long," Kealy said. "Monday, the first day of practice, I realized it's finally real.
What started as a simple tribute to her late grandfather turned into a life-changing event for River Falls' native Gretchen Page when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Page, a 2002 graduate of River Falls High School, has lived in New York City for nearly four years, working as a fundraiser and financial developer for an Off-Broadway theater company while finishing her masters at Columbia University.
The Wildcat girls swim and dive team may not have had any state qualifiers come out of Saturday's WIAA Sectional Meet in Stevens Point, but it did bring home a sectional runner-up plaque. The Cats' depth was on full display as they finished second only to Ashwaubenon's first place score of 385.5 in the 15-team field.
A pair of Wildcat juniors were honored by the Big Rivers Conference volleyball coaches for their play this season by being named to the 2012 All-BRC Second Team. Middle hitter Amanda Rohl and setter Izzy Shafer were both named to the eight-player squad by the conference coaches. Wildcat head coach Sara McDonald said she was pleased to have two River Falls' players named to the team. "I have said all season that we are a better team than our record indicates," McDonald said.
Seniors Tanner Heinselman and Zach Ambur lead a contingent of six Wildcats named to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys' Soccer teams. Heinselman, a midfielder, and Ambur, a defender were both named to the All-BRC first team for the second straight season. Junior defender Robbie Waldon was named to the second team while junior defender Evan Schumacher, senior forward Griffin Lacek and senior midfielder Martin Walker all received honorable mention.
Over the last 13 years, the Wildcat gymnastics team has solidified its position as one of the most successful high school teams in the state, in any sport. Eleven straight trips to the WIAA State Tournament, five state championships, four state runner-up finishes, nine Big Rivers Conference titles, the list goes on and on. But when the 2012-13 team meets for the first day of practice Monday, Nov.
The Wildcat volleyball team made the long trip to Rhinelander for a WIAA regional semifinal the night of Oct. 18, only to have its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss. The 12th-seeded Cats pushed No.
River Falls' sophomore Anne Frisbie placed 9th with a time of 14 minute, 38.6 seconds in the 4,000 meter Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Wildcat junior Trent Powell finished 25th in the 5,000 meter boys' race. A total of 190 runners competed in each race. Hudson senior Ryan Kromer won the Division 1 boys' individual state title with a time of 15:27.17, over ten second faster than second place McKena Roma of Sheboygan South.
UW-River Falls' head coach Matt Walker congratulates safety Alex Adam after the junior's third interception of the game put the finishing touches on the Falcons' 26-15 victory over UW-Stevens Point Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The win snapped a 14-game home losing streak for the Falcons. Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal.
No Big Rivers Conference cross country team, including River Falls, had beaten the Eau Claire Memorial boys this season. And the Wildcats had not finished ahead of Hudson all season long either. So when the Wildcat boys won their second straight BRC title Saturday, Oct. 13 in Eau Claire, even their coach, Pat Lorentz, was surprised. "I had told the men's team going into conference that we were probably looking at third place; if we ran very, very well, maybe second," Lorentz said.