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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James Witt struck out ten batters and didn't allow a hit while the Wildcat offense exploded for 18 runs on 16 hits in an 18-0 River Falls win over Menomonie in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, May 21, at the high school field. The second game was a stark contrast from the first as River Falls was held to just three hits in a 9-0 loss to the Mustangs. The Cats wrapped up the regular season with a 5-1 loss to Elk Mound Thursday, May 23. River Falls, the No. 9 seed, opened WIAA regional play this past Tuesday, May 28, at No. 8 Superior.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and improved to 11-2 overall with wins over Eau Claire North and New Richmond last week. The Cats dominated both games but had trouble finding the back of the net.
The Wildcat baseball team couldn't dig itself out of some early holes and couldn't hold on to some late leads when it had the chance while dropping its last five straight games. The Cats were swept by Eau Claire Memorial, 6-0 and 9-2, last Tuesday, May 14, and dropped a pair of games at Hudson, 7-4 and 11-9, last Friday, May 17, before losing a nonconference game to Tartan, 11-7, this past Monday, May 20. River Falls, now 5-9 overall, 4-4 in Big Rivers Conference play, hosted Menomonie in a BRC doubleheader this past Tuesday and will host Elk Mound in a nonconference game Thursday, May 23, a
The Wildcat boys' golf team tied Eau Claire Memorial for first place at a 9-hole mini-meet at Troy Burne Golf Course last Tuesday, May 7 to maintain its slim lead over the Old Abes for first place in the Big Rivers Conference. The Cats played in three 18-hole invitational later in the week, taking second at Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls, sandwiched around a first place finish Thursday at Rice Lake. "We didn't play poorly in either of these losses, but I'd like to think not our best either," head coach Matt Garber said about the Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls invites.
The two-time defending St. Croix Valley Baseball League champion River Falls Fighting Fish will host the Plum City Blues Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the River Falls High School Field. The local amateur men's baseball team is coming off a 2012 season that saw it post a record of 34-10 overall, 14-1 in SCVBL play. The Fish return a number of players from their 2012 league championship team but will be without the services of two key players -- shortstop Marty Herum and pitcher J.P.
The Wildcat baseball team has gone 3-3 in its last six games, with all three wins coming against Big Rivers Conference opponents. The Cats split a doubleheader with Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 7, winning the first game on an RBI single by Ryan Tierney in the top of the ninth inning before losing the nightcap, 9-4.
Former River Falls High School teammates JP Feyereisen of UW-Stevens Point, and Marty Herum of UW-Whitewater, have been selected the Pitcher of the Year and Position Player of the Year, respectively, to lead the 20 individuals chosen to the 2013 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Baseball Team by the league coaches. Herum, a 2010 RFHS graduate, claimed the WIAC Position Player of the Year award for the second straight season, becoming just the second individual in league history to accomplish the feat.
The Wildcat track and field teams' depth was on full display Monday, May 6, as the Cats swept the boys' and girls' titles at the Stan Barr Relays in New Richmond. The Wildcat boys edged Hudson by 2.5 points, winning the team title with a total of 103.5, while the girls' finished with 104 points, five ahead on Hudson.
It wasn't exactly baseball weather, but the official groundbreaking for the new First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park was held in a snowstorm last Wednesday afternoon near the projected home plate area of the new facility. The lighted, stadium-style ballpark with covered grandstand will serve as the future home to the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball team, the River Falls American Legion Post 121 team, select River Falls High School varsity games, and "showcase" River Falls Youth Baseball events.
After dropping an 11-1 decision to Eau Claire North in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, April 30, the Wildcat baseball team saw the nightcap slip away on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh that gave the Huskies a 5-4 victory and a sweep of a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader in River Falls. The Cats jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead in the second game of the doubleheader, but North chipped away with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before scoring two more in the seventh to pull out the victory. "We were pleased with how the guys responded to s