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 River Falls Fighting Fish took care of business Saturday, but the Hudson River Rats didn't make it easy. The Fish, behind a complete-game, 15-strikeout, effort by lefty Rick Wells blanked the River Rats 1-0 to win their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League North Division championships and first overall league title. The game at the River Falls High School field became a SCVBL championship game thanks to Hudson's 8-1 win over New Richmond the previous night.
When Kipp Christianson played high school basketball his senior year in River Falls in 1992, he was 6-feet, 8-inches tall and, as he says, "...lucky to weigh 200 pounds." Today, he stands a shade over 7-feet and weighs slightly over 300 pounds as "Eli Cottonwood" -- the persona he has adopted as a wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Christianson, or Cottonwood as he is known to WWE fans, is currently appearing on the television show WWE NXT--a cross between reality TV and WWE wrestling that can be seen locally each Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Roger Ternes said there wasn't any single hook that lured him to become the new athletic director at UW-River Falls. It was more like a treble hook. "One--Chancellor (Dean) Van Galen," he said. "He has a pretty clear vision for the university. He seems to be a high-energy guy and he and I seem to be on the same page about athletics and health and human services. "Two--the construction project with Ramer Field and the new Health and Human Performance facility," he continued.
Mary Herum was a four-year All-Big Rivers Conference, three-time All-District and two-time All-State player during his high school baseball career at River Falls. This summer he's batting .537 for the American Legion Post 121 baseball team. So it's only fitting that, before embarking on his collegiate career at perennial NCAA Division III powerhouse UW-Whitewater, Herum will represent River Falls at the 39th annual Wisconsin American Legion All Star Game Aug. 8 at Miller Park. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
In the complicated list of scenarios heading into the final weekend of the regular season that can result in any one of three teams winning the St. Croix Valley Baseball League championship, the River Falls Fighting Fish have the simplest. Beat Hudson at home Saturday. Read more in the July 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Ben Wunrow cherished every moment of his time in Oshkosh last week. Wunrow was one of five Big Rivers Conference players selected to represent the North large school squad at the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Charity All-Star Game Saturday night at J.J. Keller Field on the campus of UW-Oshkosh. After a week of practice and getting to know his teammates, Wunrow took the field with the rest of the best seniors in Wisconsin for Saturday night's game. "It was very emotional," Wunrow said. "I came out of the locker room and there were thousands of fans and the lights were on.
The River Falls Fighting Fish won two of three games last week to maintain their one game lead over Menomonie in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. The Fish dropped a 4-1 decision at New Richmond last Wednesday before winning twice over the weekend -- 10-2 Saturday at St. Croix Falls and 18-8 Sunday at home over Hager City. River Falls is now 10-3 in the SCVBL, one game ahead of 9-4 Menomonie.
Steve Preisler, left, Fletcher-Pechacek Post 121 liaison for American Legion baseball, poses with Isaac Witt of the River Falls team after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Legion team's season opener against Menomonie recently. Witt recently returned from the 69th session of Badger Boy's State, where he was elected secretary of state, the third highest office among the hundreds of boys participating in this year's Badger Boy's State. Preisler was also a participant at Badger Boy's State in 1958 while a student at Hartland Arrowhead High School.
Thanks to the River Falls Rotary Club, the legacy of former Pierce County Sherriff's Investigator Jim Dollahon will live on in the form of the club's Golf for Kids Tournament on Monday, Aug. 2, at the River Falls Golf Club. Dollahon died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 38. For the last 10 years his wife Julie, along with Dollahon's friends and coworkers, have organized the James F. Dollahon Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit area children and families in need.
After scoring 19 runs in two games last week, the River Falls American Legion baseball team was held to just one run against fifth-ranked Eau Claire Thursday in a 16-1 defeat. River Falls put nine runs on the board last Tuesday at Prescott but came out on the short end of a 10-9 decision before hitting double digits in a 10-2 win over Spooner/Hayward/Barron on Wednesday. The Legion will host the River Falls Days Tournament this weekend with its first game scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. against Mankato, Minn. Saturday they face Woodbury, Minn., at 10 a.m. and Fridley, Minn., at 3:30 p.m.