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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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.
Just one week in, the Wildcat boys' basketball team has already made the 2012-13 season one for the record books. After throttling Ellsworth, 94-47, in the season opener last Tuesday, the Cats earned head coach Greg Gaulke career victory No. 400 Friday, Nov. 30 with a 61-49 win over Byron, Minn. in the semifinals of the Red Wing Invitational. For good measure, they defeated the host Wingers, 63-52, Saturday, Dec. 1 to win their second Red Wing Invite title in three years and give Gaulke career victory No.
Rice Lake scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period that proved to be the difference as the Warriors spoiled the Wildcat hockey team's home opener with a 5-3 victory Thursday, Nov.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team couldn't overcome a pair of early double-digit deficits last week, losing at Altoona, 48-43 Tuesday, Nov. 27 and falling to Durand, 52-35, Friday, Nov. 30, at home. The Cats return to action at home this Friday, Dec. 7, in the first game of a doubleheader with Rice Lake at 5:45 p.m. Last Tuesday at Altoona, the Wildcats were held scoreless in the first quarter and fell behind 13-0.
The Wildcat boys swim and dive team kicked off the 2012-13 season with a fifth place finish at the nine-team Chippewa Falls Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 1. Head coach Kirk Gednalske said the team looked good in its first meet of the season. "We've had a great start to the season," he said. "Three weeks of focused practice helped us to some great first swims. A few of the guys beat their best times from last season.
First-year Wildcat hockey coach saw a little bit of everything from his team last week. High-energy in a 7-1 season-opening win over Baldwin-Woodville, lackluster play in a 4-1 loss to Somerset, and three solid periods in a 6-2 victory over Amery. When the week was over, the Wildcats had a record of 2-1 heading into their Big Rivers Conference and home opener Thursday, Nov.
The UW-River Falls women's basketball team ran its winning streak to three straight with a 68-34 home victory over Martin Luther College last Tuesday, Nov. 20, and a 78-61 win over St. Benedict Monday, Nov. 26 at Karges Center. The Falcons, now 3-1, travel to Duluth to face the College of St. Scholastica Wednesday, Nov. 28, before returning home Saturday, Dec. 1, to open WIAC play against UW-Platteville. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. following the Falcon men's basketball team's 3 p.m.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team nearly made it a clean sweep at its annual Thanksgiving Invitational last week. After defeating the Northern Wisconsin (Siren) Blizzard, 3-2, on a last-second goal by McKayla Custer Wednesday night Nov. 21, and topping the Cap City (Sun Prairie) Cougars, 4-1, Friday, Nov. 25, the Fusion took the defending sectional champion Hayward/Spooner Hurricanes to overtime Saturday before dropping a 3-2 decision. "I was happy with the girls and their performance in this tournament," head coach Matt Cranston said.
Alex Call just completed his senior season of high school football at River Falls by being named to the All-Big Rivers Conference team at three different positions. And football isn't even his best sport. Call took time before Wildcat basketball practice last Wednesday afternoon to officially commit to attend college and play baseball at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., beginning next fall.