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 Wildcats baseball team picked up a 7-3 victory over Hudson last Thursday before being swept by undefeated and sixth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial, 6-0 and 3-0, Monday at the high school field. The Cats, now 2-4 in the Big Rivers Conference, 7-6 overall, will host Menomonie (0-4, 2-5) Thursday before facing Sioux Falls and D. C.
Two days after being swept by undefeated Hudson, the Wildcat softball team bounced back in style by taking first place at the St. Croix Central Tournament. The Cats pounded Somerset, 12-1 in the semifinals before defeating Baldwin-Woodville, 14-13 in eight innings in the title game. "Extra inning games are nail biting," Wildcat coach Rick Hansen said about the win over Baldwin-Woodville. "It was nice to win a close game, coming from behind several times.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team remained undefeated and moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a pair of one-goal victories over Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial last week. The Cats scored three unanswered goals, then held on for a 3-2 win over the Raiders at home last Tuesday before posting a 2-1 double overtime win Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls, now 4-0-0 in the BRC, 6-0-1 overall, traveled to Menomonie (1-2-0, 4-2-0) Tuesday and will play at the Onalaska Quad on Saturday. In their latest win, the Cats got a pair of goals from Tara Frey, th
The Wildcat girls' track and field team posted eight first place finishes, including two by junior Tessa Coggio, to finish second at the River Falls Quad Friday at the high school. River Falls' boys won two events to finish third. Hudson swept the team competition, winning the girls' title with 244.83 points with River Falls second with 215.41.
The Wildcat girls' track and field team finished second while the boys took third at the 8-team Hudson True Team Invitational April 16 in Hudson. River Falls' girls finished second to Hudson while the boys took third behind Hudson and Osceola. The Cats will host Hudson, Ellsworth and Tartan (Minn.) in a quad meet April 23 at the high school track. The Wildcat girls were paced by a one-two finish by Paige Skorseth and Natalie Powell in the 3200 meter run.
The Wildcat boys' tennis team couldn't quite get over the hump in a pair of dual meets last week, falling to New Richmond and Chippewa Falls by identical 4-3 scores. Saturday the Cats went 0-3 at the Wisconsin Valley Conference/Big Rivers Conference Challenge in Eau Claire. They will host Eau Claire Memorial in a BRC dual Thursday at 4 p.m. Last Tuesday against New Richmond, the Wildcats got straight set wins from Tom Hackbarth at No. 3 singles and David Kujak and Evan Miller at No. 2 doubles. The no.
Errors, both physical and mental, plagued the Wildcat baseball team last week but it was still able to win two of three games to improve to 5-2 heading into Thursday's Big Rivers Conference opener against last year's state runner-up Eau Claire North. Miscues in the field led to six unearned runs last Tuesday against St. Paul Johnson, but the Wildcat offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer by Marty Herum, to post an 11-7 victory. Saturday the Cats split a doubleheader at Baraboo, winning the first game 8-4 before dropping the nightcap, 2-1.
The Wildcat girls' track and field team finished second while the boys took third at the 8-team Hudson True Team Invitational Friday in Hudson. River Falls' girls finished second to Hudson while the boys took third behind Hudson and Osceola. The Cats will host Hudson, Ellsworth and Tartan (Minn.) in a quad meet this Friday at the high school track. The Wildcat girls were paced by a one-two finish by Paige Skorseth and Natalie Powell in the 3200 meter run.
For the first time in its 81-year history, the River Falls Golf Club will have a new owner beginning next month. The club's board of directors has agreed to sell the course for $1.5 million to Hanson Bros. Golf Holdings LLC of Hammond, the same group that bought the Hudson Golf Course earlier this month. Under the agreement, the board has until April 30 to consider other offers and Hanson Bros.
There will new a new, but familiar, face on the sidelines for the River Falls High School football team beginning next season. Meyer Middle School physical education teacher and former Prescott coach Jason Wolf has been hired as the new head coach of the Wildcats, according to district activities director Rollie Hall. "Coach Wolf brings the experience of being a head coach and a lot of enthusiasm to the position," Hall said. "He will inherit a program that is very stable with a lot of good things going for it, and I'm confident he will continue this.