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 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.
Wildcat junior Mari Pechacek follows through on her tee shot on the first hole at a Big Rivers Conference meet at Hudson last Tuesday. The Cats won two of the final three BRC meets of the season to clinch the regular season conference title. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Last March I was driving back from the high school sectional wrestling tournament in Merrill when I decided to stop at Duke's Lanes in Abbotsford for one of their famous hot beef sandwiches. After ordering my food and drink, the bartender asked me where I was from and I said River Falls. "Oh, then you must know Don Page," she said. "I certainly do," I replied. That wasn't the first time I was on a road trip somewhere in Wisconsin and a person asked me if I knew Page.
When George Field was chancellor at UW-River Falls from 1968-85 he said the college didn't need a public relations department or advertising agency to promote the school. "We had Don Page," Field said. Page, UW-RF athletic director from 1970-92 and a popular figure in River Falls for over 50 years, died last Tuesday, Sept. 14, after a long bout with cancer. He was 83. His son, local dentist David Page, said he can't go anywhere in Wisconsin without someone asking him if he is Don Page's son.
The Wildcats rode first place finishes in 10 of 11 events to post a 104-66 win over Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference dual swim meet Thursday at the high school pool. Grace Goblirsch and Marlayna Probst each had a hand in four Wildcat victories while Tessa Coggio played a role in three first place finishes and Sofia Carlson two. "Our team found great opportunities to match head to head with many Chippewa swimmers," head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.