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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A little rain couldn't stop the Wildcat cross country teams at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional at Hiawatha Golf Course Saturday, Oct. 23. The Wildcat girls won the sectional title to earn their second straight trip to state as a team and the boys took third to tie for their best finish ever while Ethan Genco earned a trip to state as an individual. The WIAA State Cross Country Championships will take place Oct. 30 at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The Division 1 boys' race will begin at 12:20 p.m.
Three of the Wildcat boys' soccer team's five losses this season have come at the hands of the Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes. And none stung as much as Saturday's sectional final loss in Chippewa Falls. The Cats took a 2-0 lead over Memorial, the first time all year the undefeated Old Abes had trailed by two goals. But Memorial stormed back in the second half, scoring three times to earn its third straight trip to the WIAA State Tournament and ending the Wildcats' season with a record of 18-5-1. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
For more than half the members of the Wildcat girls' swim team, last Tuesday's home meet against Rice Lake was the last time this season they would hit the pool. But they went out in style, helping the Cats post a 130-40 victory over the Warriors in the final dual meet of the season. Up next, 17 varsity swimmers and four divers will represent River Falls in the postseason, beginning Saturday with the Big Rivers Conference meet in Chippewa Falls. "The day after this last dual meet, the entire team met one more time to discuss and celebrate so many swimmers' met goals," head coach Lynn Huiska
Wildcat football coach Jason Wolf admits there is a small part of him that wishes his team was playing in Minnesota, where every team makes the playoffs. "I think we could do some things," he said.
Wildcat senior Ethan Genco looks for room to run at the start of the boys' 5,000 meter race at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet Saturday at the UW-RF intramural fields. Genco finished fourth overall to lead the Wildcat boys to a second place team finish. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
You couldn't ask for a better day for a race. And the results weren't too shabby either. The Wildcat girls made school history by winning their third straight conference title while the boys posted their best finish since 2004 at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet Saturday at the UW-River Falls intramural fields. River Falls' girls took six of the top 10 spots to finish with 25 points, far ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial's score of 77.
And the beat goes on for the Wildcat boys' soccer team. The Cats won a WIAA Division 1 Regional championship in dominating fashion last week, outscoring their two opponents 8-0 while outshooting the competition 49-13. No. 3 seed River Falls opened the postseason with a 7-0 shellacking of No. 14 Superior in last Tuesday's regional semifinal before posting a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Rhinelander in Thursday's regional final. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The Wildcat girls made school history by winning their third straight conference title while the boys posted their best finish since 2004 at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet Saturday at the UW-River Falls intramural fields. River Falls' girls took six of the top 10 spots to finish with 25 points, far ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial's score of 77. The Wildcat boys took second with 59 points, behind champion Hudson's score of 33 and in front of third place Eau Claire Memorial's total of 64. "The men really ran great," Wildcat coach Pat Lorentz said.
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