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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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.
Wildcat senior Wes Karras fired a 78 at last Tuesday's WIAA Division 1 regional tournament at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior to earn one of four individual qualifying positions at this week's sectional tournament in Marshfield. Karras and Kendall Faanes of Eau Claire North each carded rounds of 78 while Austin Byrd of Chippewa Falls shot 80 and Luke Joswiak of Eau Claire North finished with 81 to all advance as individuals. Eau Claire Memorial won the regional with a team score of 305 and will advance as a team along with Superior (308), Hudson (310) and New Richmond (314).
The Wildcat girls' soccer team put the finishing touches on its Big Rivers Conference championship season with a 2-1 victory over Rice Lake May 27. Now comes the next challenge. The Cats, who ended the regular season with a record of 13-1-3, earned the No. 1 seed in this week's WIAA Division 1 regional and will host No. 8 Superior (3-18-0) in a regional semifinal 5 p.m. June3. A win would keep them at home for the regional final June 5 against either No. 4 Chippewa Falls or No.
Senior Oscar White took second in the boys' triple jump, junior Ethan Genco was second in the boys' 1600 meter run and senior Kali Kramolis placed third in the girls' 100 meter hurdles at the May 27 sectional meet in Wausau to all earn spots at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 4-5 in La Crosse. This will be the first state meet for White and Genco while Kramolis is making her third straight trip to La Crosse.
Wildcat baseball coach Ryan Bishop was pleased with how his team played in its 5-2 loss to second-ranked and Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire North Monday. And he hopes to see them again. The Cats, 11-10 overall, drew the No. 9 seed in next week's WIAA regional playoffs and will travel to No. 8 seed Superior on Tuesday, June 1.
River Falls won five individual titles while advancing 12 individuals and four relay teams from at the May 24 WIAA Division 1 regional track and field meet at the high school. Both the boys' and girls' teams finished fourth at the 8-team regional. Michael Johnson won the regional title in the boys' high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches, and Oscar White set a new school record of 43 feet, 4.5 inches, to win the triple jump.