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 odds were stacked against the Wildcat gymnastics team going into Friday night's Big Rivers Conference Tournament at Meyer Middle School. Sitting in second place behind Eau Claire North/Memorial in the final BRC dual meet standings, River Falls had to finish first at the BRC tournament to earn at least a share of the conference title. Making things more challenging was the fact the Cats were dealing with injuries to senior all-around performer Kali Kramolis and junior Kayla Rohl.
Senior Cam Loomis showed his hard work and perseverance paid off, junior Logan Cudd treated his opponents like rag dolls, and sophomore Tyson Bystrom fought his way back from a loss in the semifinals to finish second in his weight class. All three Wildcats turned in state qualifying performances Saturday at the Division 1 sectional in Merrill and will compete at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships this weekend in Madison. Loomis and Cudd won sectional championships to earn their spots at state while Bystrom avenged a pair of losses to Chippewa Falls' Luke Bowe earlier this seas
Wildcat senior Roland Pomfret wrapped up his high school swimming career in style by setting a new River Falls school record in the grueling 500 yard freestyle on his way to an eighth place finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night in Madison. Pomfret cut more than four seconds off his sectional qualifying time and shaved several hundredths of a second off the school record to touch the wall in 4 minutes, 58.81 seconds, at state.
River Falls native Maria Lamb finished 15th in the Ladies' 5,000-meter speed skating event with a time of 7 minutes, 25.15 seconds at the Richmond Olympic Oval Wednesday in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic captured the gold medal with a time of 6:60.91.
The River Falls boys hockey team did its best Tuesday night to keep Superior from making it to a ninth straight WIAA State Tournament, but in a game that lasted nearly four hours and included a total of 96 shots on goal, the Spartans outlasted the Wildcats, 2-1, with a goal 30 seconds into the fifth overtime in a sectional semifinal in Superior. "It was just an incredible hockey game," River Falls head coach Nick Jenkins said. "It was something special to be a part of. You can't hang your heads after something like that. We lost, but those boys got after it.
The Wildcat swimming and diving team made quite a splash at the Feb. 13 10-team WIAA sectional meet in Stevens Point, finishing just five points out of second place and qualifying two relay teams and two individuals in a total of five events for this weekend's state meet in Madison. The Cats finished with a total of 311 points, five behind second place Sturgeon Bay/Southern Door. Ashwaubenon won the sectional title with 396. "Cumulatively, this was the most talented team I have ever had," Wildcat coach Brady McAdams said.
Heidi VanDell's goal with 32 seconds remaining in the game broke a scoreless tie and lifted the top-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team to a 1-0 victory over the No. 2 Central Wisconsin Storm Saturday in Schofield. The win was the second shutout in a row for St. Croix Valley, who blanked New Richmond 7-0 two nights earlier. The Fusion tightened their grip on the No. 1 spot in the Wisconsin Girls Hockey rankings and take a 19-4-1 regular season record into the postseason, where they will host Superior Thursday at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Wildcat boys' basketball team's regional final game at Antigo Saturday night will be sold Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the high school activities office. A fan bus to the game will leave from the high school at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost will be around $20 depending on the number of people who sign up. To sign up, or for more information, contact Dan Wunrow at (715) 821-4654. The Wildcats advanced to the regional final by defeating D.C. Everest, 40-33, Tuesday night. River Falls is the No.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team ended the regular season strong last week, defeating Simley, Minn., and Rice Lake by identical 6-1 scores while giving North St. Paul, Minn., all it could handle in a 4-2 loss. The Cats ended the season with records of 5-5-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, 10-9-2 overall. They open WIAA regional play Thursday night at Amery (16-6-1) with the winner traveling to top-seeded Superior (13-7-1) on Tuesday, Feb.
Ten Wildcat wrestlers, including champions Logan Cudd and Cam Loomis, advanced to Saturday's WIAA sectional tournament in Merrill following top-four finishes in their respective weight classes at last Saturday's regional tournament in River Falls. The Cats finished third in the team standings, behind three-time regional champion Hudson and Chippewa Falls. Cudd needed just a little over two minutes to win the regional title at 119 pounds.