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 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.
It's always a relief when a baseball team gets out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam. It's even sweeter when it's accomplished with a triple play. That's what the River Falls Fighting Fish pulled off in the fourth inning of their St. Croix Valley Baseball League game at Elmwood Sunday to keep their one-run lead intact. Leading 3-2 with the bases loaded, nobody out and Elmwood's best hitter, Adam Churchill, at the plate, Fish pitcher Luke Meier jammed Churchill in on the hands and Churchill hit a looping line drive that looked like it would fall behind Fish second baseman Adam Stuessel.
The Wildcat baseball team knocked off Wisconsin Valley Conference champion Stevens Point, 4-2, in a sectional semifinal Wednesday morning, June 9, in Marshfield, and took a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Great Northern Conference champion Merrill in Wednesday afternoon's sectional final before losing, 8-7, in nine innings. The win sends Merrill (22-4) to next week's WIAA State Baseball Tournament while the Wildcats' season comes to an end with a record of 14-12 after a memorable playoff run. The Cats, the No. 9 seed in the sectional, defeated No.
The Wildcat baseball team may have lost to Eau Claire North in its previous two meetings with the Huskies, but it won the game that counted most. The ninth-seeded Wildcats stunned the top-seed and Big Rivers Conference champion Huskies, 3-2, June 4 at Carson Park in Eau Claire to win a WIAA Division 1 regional championship and end North's bid for a second straight trip to the state tournament. Eau Claire North entered the game with a record of 19-2 and ranked No. 2 in the state in Division 1.
After an ugly start to the Plum City Memorial Day Tournament over the weekend, the River Falls Fighting Fish bounced back to win two straight games and the consolation championship. The Fish were held to just one hit in a 14-0 loss to the Hudson River Rats in the tourney opener Saturday morning, but recovered to defeat the Elmwood Expos 12-2 Sunday before clinching the consolation championship with a 12-10 win over the Bay City Bombers on Monday. None of the games counted in the St.