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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River Falls' girls' basketball coach Kyle Igou had a simple explanation for how the ninth-seeded Wildcats came within one game of becoming the first team from River Falls to reach the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament. "The girls stepped up and did some wonderful things," he said. "Everybody came together." After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-11 and receiving the No. 9 seed in the 16-team sectional bracket, the Cats went on to win three straight games on the road against higher seeds. They started their run by defeating No.
It didn't take long for River Falls to become a force in high school powerlifting. Twenty-four River Falls student-athletes competed at the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) State Meet in Seymour two weeks ago, and 16 qualified for the March 26-28 National High School Championships in Wisconsin Dells. The River Falls boys also won the Division 1 state team championship. All this in just the club's second year of existence. There are more than 60 Wisconsin high schools with powerlifting teams, and all competed at this year's state meet in Seymour.
Wildcat senior Dylan Dock has been named to the 24-player 2010 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State First Team. A senior co-captain with the Wildcats, Dock led the team 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. The all-state honor comes two weeks after Dock was named to the 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference First Team. Dock is one of just five Big Rivers Conference players named to the WHCA All-State First Team.
Seniors Marty Herum and Zach Pavlichek and junior Jack Herum have all been named to the 2009-10 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys Basketball Team. Marty Herum was named to the first team while Pavlichek made second team and Jack Herum earned honorable mention. Marty Herum earned All-BRC honors for the second straight season after averaging 10.0 points per game for the Wildcats this year.
River Falls' senior Ben Wunrow has accepted an invitation to play for the North Division 1-3 Large School team at the 2010 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game Saturday, July 17, in Oshkosh. The event at Titan Stadium on the campus of UW-Oshkosh features two games between squads consisting of the top seniors from the north and south areas of the state -- those from schools in Divisions 1-3 and another from athletes in Divisions 4-7. Wunrow, a two-way standout for the Wildcats, will play linebacker for the North team.
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.