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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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.
The River Falls boys' basketball team went on a 15-2 run in the final six minutes to erase a 31-25 deficit and defeat D.C. Everest, 40-33, in a regional semifinal game Tuesday night in River Falls. The eighth-seeded Cats (18-5) move on to face top-seeded Antigo (21-0) in a regional final game Saturday at 7 p.m. in Antigo. D.C. Everest scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to snap a 25-25 tie and take a six point lead, 31-25. River Falls forced turnovers on the Evergreens next three possessions that all resulted in baskets by Zach Pavlichek.
The Wildcat boys' basketball team picked up a pair of huge Big Rivers Conference road wins last week, defeating Hudson 53-45 last Tuesday before handing Eau Claire Memorial its first conference loss, 59-57, in triple overtime on Saturday. The win over the Old Abes vaulted the Cats into second place in the BRC, two games behind Memorial with three to play. River Falls, now 6-3 in the BRC, 14-4 overall, will visit Menomonie (1-8, 1-15) Friday night and host New Richmond (10-4) in a nonconference game Monday.