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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Rice Lake scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to beat River Falls, 46-35, and spoil the Wildcats' opportunity to make the playoffs in the final game of the regular season Friday night, Oct. 12, in Rice Lake. The Wildcats led 21-20 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Alex Call and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Call to Brad Freeborn. Rice Lake scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and extended its lead to 39-21 with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcat volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Hudson Oct. 4 to tie the score before losing the fifth and deciding game, 10-15. The Cats dropped the first two games, 20-25 and 17-25, before storming back to take game three, 25-19, and tying the score with a 25-13 win, only to fall in the end. "I feel like a broken record when it comes to the fifth game," head coach Sara McDonald said. "We have the talent needed to win matches, and we compete so hard only to not finish. I can't fault my girls' effort or desire to win.
Second-seeded Hudson breezed to a 10-0 victory over No. 15 Superior while No. 4 River Falls needed a shootout to earn a victory over No. 13 Wausau West in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal action Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Wildcats had to come from behind to force a 1-1 tie with Wausau West before winning the shootout, 5-3. Both the Raiders and Wildcats will host regional final games this Thursday, Oct. 11. Hudson will take on tenth-seeded Menomonie, a 1-0 winner over No. 7 New Richmond Tuesday, while River Falls will face No. 12 seed Eau Claire North, who advanced with a 3-0 victory over No.
The Hudson High School football team retained possession of the Little Brown Jug for the third straight year and improved to 7-0 in the process by defeating River Falls, 42-7, Friday night, Oct. 5, at Newton Field. Hudson, ranked No. 6 in this week's WisSports.Net Division 1 coaches' poll, got on the board in the opening minute on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan Loughney, three plays after Mike Hommes returned the opening kickoff to the Wildcat 22. The Wildcats answered following an interception by Bucky Rudesill at his own 39.
The Wildcat football team marched 76 yards in the final 2 minutes only to have the potential game-winning drive stall at the Eau Claire Memorial 14 yard line in a 21-17 loss to the Old Abes Friday night, Sept. 28, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcat defense came up with a big 4th down stop at its own 10 yard line with just over two minutes remaining before quarterback Alex Call hooked up with Brad Freeborn for gains of 11 and 49 yards to the Eau Claire Memorial 30.
The River Falls' girls golf team advanced to the sectional round of WIAA tournament play with a second place finish at the New Richmond Regional Wednesday, Sept. 26. The WIAA Sectional tournament will be played Monday, Oct. 1, at the Stevens Point Country Club in Stevens Point. Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond won Wednesday's regional title on its home course with a team score of 344, while three-time big Rivers Conference champion River Falls was second with 356.
Senior quarterback Alex Call threw for one touchdown, ran for another and kicked a 31-yard field goal to account for all of River Falls' scoring as the Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Chippewa Falls, 17-7, Friday night at Dorais Field. Call hit John Maillette for a 90-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to tie the score, 7-7.
UW-River Falls junior defensive back Alex Adams, center, leads youngsters from the River Falls Youth Football Association as they yell "One-two-three --bacon!" and break a huddle after Adams and his teammates practiced with the group last Tuesday at Ramer Field. When Adams asked the kids what they wanted to yell they responded, "bacon!" This is the second straight year the Falcons have hosted the youth football players for a practice and autograph session.
The Wildcat girls' tennis team had its two match win streak snapped by Hudson last Thursday before finishing seventh at the eight-team East Ridge Flighted Tournament in Woodbury, Minn. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Kayla Garcia posted a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles and Kayla Nguyen pulled out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles to account for the Wildcat scoring in last Thursday's 5-2 loss to Hudson. Head coach David Markson said the Cats had their chances at other positions but came up short in some close matches. At No.
River Falls scored on its first two possessions of the second half to cut a 13-point halftime deficit to 13-9, but Menomonie held off the Wildcats for a 26-15 victory in a battle of undefeated teams Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Colton Jones recovered a fumble on Menomonie's opening possession of the second half to set up a 35-yard field Alex Call field goal.