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...
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The River Falls American Legion baseball team saw some high-level baseball at the Battle of Omaha Tournament in Omaha, Neb., last week. Not only did the local players face some of the best all-star squads in the country, they also caught some of the more dramatic moments from the College World Series from the stands. River Falls went 1-4 at the tournament, which featured 48 teams from all over the country, many consisting of players from multiple high schools and in some cases from across their respective states.
Scott Landin said a neat thing happened to him when he returned to the River Falls Golf Club as its new pro this spring. "My first week here, there were all these members that I knew when I was a kid," he said. "I thought they were old then and they're all still here. There were a lot of people I hadn't seen in years and years. And they're still in River Falls and still playing golf." Landin, 41, is certainly familiar with the course on the hill. He played his first round of golf as a junior member at the club when he was 12 years old, and started working putting away carts when he was 13.
Wildcat senior Marty Herum has been named to the All-State second team and All-Northwest District first team for his play during the 2010 high school baseball season. Previously Herum was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference team for the fourth straight year. This is the second straight year he has been named All-State and third year All-District. "To be named four-time all-conference, three-time All-Northwest and two-time All-State is quite a career," Wildcat coach Ryan Bishop said about Herum. "Marty was a very respected player not only in western Wisconsin, but across the state.
River Falls Police Sergeant Mike Reardon offers people a closer look at the used ends of a taser after demonstrating how the device works last Thursday afternoon in the new Public Safety Building garage. Reardon fired the taser at an aluminum foil covered piece of cardboard to demonstrate its range and effectiveness during the Public Safety Building open house held in conjunction with Town N' Country Day.
The River Falls Fighting Fish solidified their grip on first place in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League last week by going 2-1 in league play, including a big 9-2 victory over division rival Osceola on Sunday. At the halfway point of the season, the Fish lead the North Division with a league record of 5-1. Menomonie is in second at 5-3, while Osceola and Hudson are each 4-3. The Fish will host the St. Croix Falls River Bandits (2-4) Saturday before taking on the St. Paul Mudhens in a non-league game at home Sunday. Saturday's game against St.
Rick Bowen said it was no accident that his last official day as UW-River Falls athletic director was Monday. "That was totally planned," he said about leaving on the same day as the 25th annual Don Page Varsity Club Golf outing. "I just thought it was a great day to quit; to see some old friends and enjoy the day." Bowen, who announced his retirement in March, hosted over 140 golfers and even more people for dinner in his last official act as the school's athletic director.
Kevin Pechacek of the West Wind Supper Club cooks up another batch of pancakes in Heritage Park at the start of Town N' Country Day June 17. The Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau kicked off the annual event that celebrates River Falls' agricultural heritage by serving free pancakes, sausage, milk and coffee from 7:30 a.m. through midmorning. Other fun included kids' activities, local vendors' exhibits and an open house at the recently remodeled Public Safety Building on Elm Street.
Wausau East took a 3-1 halftime lead and the Wildcats were able to close the gap to 3-2 on Ella Bump's second goal of the game in the second half, but that's as close as River Falls could get in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final Saturday in Wausau. Wausau East (18-1-2) advances to face Verona (20-3-0) in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday in Milwaukee while the Wildcats' season comes to an end with a record of 15-2-4. Wausau East took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Gabby Charles in the seventh minute, but Bump tied the score in the 28th minute with an assist from Faith Harris. Char
The most successful season in the history of River Falls High School girls' soccer continues. The Cats, already Big Rivers Conference and regional champions for the first time ever, are now within one game of reaching the WIAA State Soccer Tournament for the first time after defeating Eau Claire Memorial in a shootout Thursday, June 10, at Wildcat Field. The score was tied 2-2 after 80 minutes of regulation play and two ten-minute overtimes. River Falls scored on two of its first three penalty kicks with Sarah Bugar and Lucie Patrick accounting for the goals.
Add another first to the Wildcat girls' soccer team's list of accomplishments this season. After winning the first Big Rivers Conference championship in school history, the Cats picked up their first WIAA regional championship with a 3-1 victory over Chippewa Falls Saturday. The regional title earned the top-seeded Wildcats, now 15-1-3 on the season, the right to host No. 2 seed Eau Claire Memorial (12-8-0) in a sectional semifinal Thursday at 5 p.m. at Wildcat Field. The winner will face either Wausau East (16-1-2) or D.C.