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 boys' soccer team ended the regular season on a high note with a 3-1 victory over Rice Lake Thursday at Wildcat Field. The victory avenged a 3-2 loss to the Warriors earlier this season and was the Wildcats' third straight win. They enter this week's WIAA Regional winners of eight of their last nine games. The Cats were awarded the third seed in the 16-team regional and opened the postseason at home against No. 14 Superior on Tuesday. A win would give them another home game Thursday, Oct. 14, against either No. 6 Rhinelander or No. 11 Hudson.
Wow! That was the reaction of the Homecoming crowd at Ramer Field after the Wildcat football team went 72-yards in the final 1 minute, 27 seconds, to score the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds remaining and defeat Eau Claire North, 35-32 Friday night. In a game that featured nine lead changes, including two in the final 1:30, it was a six-yard touchdown pass from Wildcat quarterback Ryan Kusilek to Jack Herum with 18 ticks on the clock that sparked a wild celebration on the River Falls sidelines and in the stands and gave the Cats their first Big Rivers Conference victory of the season
Homecoming Queen Chelsea Braun and Homecoming King Talal Adam are all smiles following the crowning ceremony. ceremony. Braun went on to perform with the Marching Wildcat Band while Adam helped his teammates to a thrilling 35-32, last-second win over the Huskies. Read more about it in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Members of the Wildcats' third place team at Saturday's Simley Invitational pose with their trophy following the meet. In front from left are assistant coach Stephanie Reid, Marla Probst, Maria Mishek and Lisa Humphrey. Second row, Claire Goblirsch, Leah Morrow, Julia Rydberg, Tessa Coggio, Katie Kidd, Kasey Manche, Madi Probst and head coach Lynn Huiskamp. Third row, Mandy Hedeen, Emma Langer, Maura Watson, Sofia Carlson, Kat Dodge, Grace Goblirsch, Shannon Moe, Sara Veith and manager Dan Schraufnagel.
The Wildcat boys' soccer team has won two of its last three games to move into second place in the Big Rivers Conference standings. The Cats' posted back-to-back shutouts, 6-0 over Menomonie Thursday and 3-0 over Hudson Monday. Last Tuesday they dropped a 1-0 decision to BRC leader and undefeated Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls in now 6-4-2 in the BRC, 15-4-2 overall and is eyeing the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WIAA regional playoffs. It is virtually assured of opening the playoffs at home on Tuesday, Oct. 12, against an opponent yet to be determined.
River Falls drew the No. 3 seed and will host No. 14 Superior, while Hudson is seeded 11th and will travel to No. 6 Rhinelander when the WIAA Division 1 boys' soccer regional playoffs get underway Tuesday, Oct. 12. River Falls will host Superior at 4 p.m. at Wildcat Field while Hudson and Rhinelander also kick off at 4 p.m. in Rhinelander. The winners of those two games are scheduled to meet in the regional final Thursday, Oct. 14, at the home of the higher seed. Big Rivers Conference champion and undefeated Eau Claire Memorial drew the top seed in the 16-team regional and will host No.
Three-year-old Gavin Hawkins is lost in a plume of smoke from "Chang," the Osman Shrine Dragon, while his grandfather, Mike Hawkins, tries to avoid a similar fate during the annual UW-River Falls Homecoming and Shrine Parade Saturday morning on Main Street. The parade, which lasted about an hour and featured floats, marching bands and units from UW-RF and Shriners from Wisconsin and Minnesota, ended at the University Center on campus and was followed by the Falcon football team's Homecoming game against UW-Stout at Ramer Field.
On a lot of high school golf teams, the gap between the top one or two players and the rest of the team can be substantial. Not so with the Wildcat girls. The Cats had four players finish in the top 10, separated by just five strokes, on their way to winning a WIAA Division 1 regional championship at New Richmond last Wednesday.
The Wildcat boys' soccer team pushed its winning streak to five straight Monday night with a 3-1 victory over Hudson in a game originally scheduled for last Thursday. The latest Wildcat win comes on the heels of a 5-1 victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday. "The guys are playing really well and scoring in bunches," head coach Charles Conley said. The Wildcats, now 12-3-1 overall, 4-3-1 in the Big Rivers Conference, will travel to Menomonie Thursday before another make-up game against Hudson at home on Monday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. That game was cancelled due to lightning back on Aug.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team maintained its hold on first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 108-78 dual meet victory at Hudson Thursday night, then posted its best finish ever at Saturday's Eau Claire North Invitational. Despite being outsized by many of the teams in attendance, the Cats finished third Saturday with 208 points. Apple Valley, Minn., was first with 273 followed by D.C.