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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If the St. Croix Valley Fusion is going to contend for a third straight state championship this season, head coach Matt Cranston said it would need plenty of contributions from its underclassmen. Judging by the team's first three games at the Thanksgiving Tournament in Baldwin, the youngsters are up to the challenge.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team earned its new coach Brook Lockwood his first two career victories at the season-opening Amery Tournament over the weekend. Sophomore Casey Jerry scored the first two goals of his high school career in Friday night's 5-2 victory over Somerset before adding two more in Saturday night's rough-and-tumble 6-3 win over Amery. Senior Karl Andersen finished the weekend with two goals and five assists. The Cats open Big Rivers Conference play Thursday, Dec. 2, at home against Eau Claire North at 7 p.m.
Two people were taken to River Falls Area Hospital following a fiery three-vehicle accident that shut down the Hwy. 35/65 bypass for over an hour Monday morning in River Falls. The accident occurred at 8:25 a.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 35/65 and County Road M (Division St.). According to River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque, a vehicle driven by Algot H. Anderson, age 79, of Prescott, attempted to turn south onto the highway when it collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Brianna P. Vogl, 23, of Prescott. Vogl's vehicle then collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Jason C.
Matt Most of rural River Falls displays the 12-point, 172-pound buck he shot on the opening day of the 9-day gun deer season Saturday, Nov. 20. Most said he shot the buck around 9:30 a.m. while hunting east of Spring Valley. A total of 150 deer were registered at Bob and Steve's BP Amoco on Paulson Road over the weekend, including 78 bucks. Most of those came in Saturday before low temperatures and freezing raid slowed things down Sunday morning.
Junior Zoe Barr is the lone Wildcat representative on the 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Team. Barr is one of nine players who received Honorable Mention on the team, the second straight year she was named Honorable Mention. Wildcat coach Sara McDonald said Barr was the team's go-to hitter and leading blocker this season. "It was often times challenging to get her the ball because she plays in the middle and we didn't pass consistently," McDonald said.
Two years ago, over 1,300 people packed the Meyer Middle School gym to watch local personalities display their skills in a Donkey Basketball Show. This January, the event returns to River Falls and will be held at the high school gym on Saturday, Jan. 22. Four teams consisting of high school students, teachers, community members and school administrators will compete. All competitors will ride real, live donkeys while playing a game of basketball. Pre-sale tickets cost $6 each and will be available beginning Dec.
When Brooks Lockwood takes his Wildcat hockey team to Hudson to face his alma mater Dec. 14, it will be his sixth career game as a head coach. It will be Raider coach Mike Stoskopf's 500th. "He's won a lot of games," Lockwood said about Stoskopf. "I've learned a lot from him." Lockwood played his high school hockey for Stoskopf and was a junior on the Raiders' first state championship team in 2001. Last month he was named the new head hockey coach at River Falls, taking over for Nick Jenkins, who stepped down after two seasons.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team will be sending four divers, one individual and one relay team to the WIAA State Championships in Madison this weekend, Nov. 12. The Cats qualified all four of their divers at the Nov. 5 sectional competition in Hudson, with Sierra Becker winning the sectional championship with a score of 367.3, Rose Tashjian runner-up with 316.3, Britta Grebner fourth with 305.3 and Megan Brown fifth with 287.05. Becker earned an automatic berth at state while Tashjian, Grebner and Brown grabbed spots as extra qualifiers.
Bob Burrows photo Wildcat cross country runners Natalie Powell (far left, partially obscured), Tia Harris, Laura Anderson, Lucy Ramquist (970), Ellie Nelson (behind Ramquist), Paige Skorseth and Aislinn Pomfret break from the starting line at the beginning of the 4,000 meter Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30. The Wildcats put together a fourth place finish, their best in five trips to the state meet.
The Wildcat swimming and diving team's only loss this season during the Big Rivers Conference dual meet season was at the hands of perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial. Saturday, at the BRC Meet in Eau Claire, the Cats were the only team to finish even remotely close to the Old Abes, finishing second, 125 points ahead of third place Hudson, at the seven team event. Eau Claire Memorial won the conference title for the sixth straight year and 20th time in the last 21 years with a total of 697.5 points while the Wildcats finished second with 463.