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 St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team captured its biggest prize of the season earlier this month by winning its second straight state championship. Now it's time for the icing on the cake. The Fusion collected a number of postseason awards last week, including Tanis Klingler being named Wisconsin Ms.
Forward Dylan Dock heads a list of four Wildcats named to the 2009-10 All-Big Rivers Conference hockey team. Dock, a senior co-captain, was named to the All-BRC First Team while clasmate and co-captain Zach Lindquist was named to the second team as a defenseman. Junior goaltender Garrett Jensen and junior forward Karl Andersen each received honorable mention. Dock led the Wildcats in scoring this season with 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points. He tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals and scored one shorthanded goal.
Senior Carly Jerry won a state championship for the floor exercise and the Cats took home medals in all five events at the WIAA State Individual Gymnastics Tournament March 5 in Wisconsin Rapids. Jerry won the title on the floor with a score of 9.4 and finished sixth in the all-around competition with a total of 35.05. Senior Kali Kramolis also earned medals in two events, finishing third on the balance beam with a score of 9.05 and fourth on the uneven bars with 9.05.
Nothing went right for the Wildcat boys' basketball team in the first six minutes of its sectional final at Antigo March 6. By the time River Falls righted the ship they found themselves trailing the top-seeded Red Robins 14-0. The Cats outscored Antigo by two points the rest of the way, but the early deficit proved too large to overcome and Antigo went on to a 12-point win, 56-44. "We just couldn't get things going," head coach Greg Gaulke said about the beginning of the game. "We couldn't hit a shot, we turned the ball over, we got in early foul trouble.
Wildcat junior Logan Cudd recovered after losing to Pulaski's Justin Enderby in the semifinals to win his next two matches and take third place at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships in Madison Saturday. Cudd dropped a 3-2 decision to Enderby but came back to defeat Jordan Bobier of Kaukana, 4-1, in the consolation round and Shawano's Jared Kust, 8-4, in the third place match. Wildcat senior Cam Loomis defeated Joey Organ of Tomah, 8-1, in his 140-pound opening match before losing an 11-0 decision to Port Washington's Alex Dieringer in the quarterfinals.
The Wildcat gymnastics team dominated the sectional tournament in Holmen Saturday, finishing over seven points ahead of its nearest competitor to win the team title and claiming 14 of the 25 possible qualifying spots for the individual state tournament. Five Wildcats -- Carly Jerry, Kali Kramolis, Paige Skorseth, Ruthie Anderson-Benge and Sierra Becker -- will compete in Friday night's WIAA Individual State Gymnastics Championships and will be joined by teammates Lauren Gutting, Britta Grebner, Kayla Rohl and Amanda Guise for the team competition Saturday.
The top-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team earned the right to defend its state title by defeating No. 4 Hudson, 3-1, in a sectional final game Saturday night at Hunt Arena. The Fusion, 22-4-1, will face the University School of Milwaukee (19-6-2) in a state semifinal Friday about 1:15 p.m. at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Central Wisconsin Storm (24-2), a co-op based out of Mosinee, and Green Bay East (23-4-0) will play in the other semifinal at 11 a.m.
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 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