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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Senior Riley Claude set a new indoor school record in the pole vault and senior Paige Skorseth set a new school mark in the 3200 meter run to lead the Wildcat girls to a second place finish in the 14-team large School Division at the season-opening Northern Badger Track and Field Classic March 23 at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. Hudson won the team title with a total of 81 points followed by River Falls with 60.5. Anoka, Minn.
The Wildcat gymnastics team's historic 2012-13 season just keeps getting better. The Cats, fresh off their record-setting sixth state championship, dominated the Wisconsin High School Gymnastics Association Division 2 All-State and Academic All-State teams released on Monday. Ten Wildcats earned either first team, second team or honorable mention to the WHSGA All-State team while 13 earned Academic All-State recognition.
It didn't take long for the Wildcat boys' track and field team to launch an assault on the school record books this season. The Cats set three new indoor school records on their way to tying Hudson for first place in the 14-team Large School division at the season-opening Northern Badger Classic Saturday, March 23 at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. The Wildcats and Raiders both finished with 90 points at the meet while La Crosse Central was a distant third with 75. Anoka, Minn.
The River Falls High School powerlifting team placed 12 individuals in the top ten, including a state champion in senior J.P.
Eric Wunrow's senior season of football didn't go exactly as he had hoped.
Three Wildcat seniors got together at the high school to announce their college commitments on National Signing Day last month, bringing to four the number of River Falls student-athletes who have accepted scholarship offers from NCAA Division I or II schools. Tiano Pupungatoa signed his national letter of intent to play football for Army and Eric Wunrow announced he will play football at Bemidji State University while Paige Skorseth will run cross country at DePaul University. Last November, their classmate Alex Call signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Ball State Univer
Senior Nathan Kinneman and juniors Sebastian Larson and Zach Radkey-Pechacek have all been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference wrestling teams. Kinneman and Larson both earned spots on the second team while Radkey-Pechacek received honorable mention. All three Wildcats advanced to the WIAA sectional tournament. Kinneman finished his senior season with a record of 17-11 and a fourth place finish at 138 pounds at the Marshfield Sectional.
One of the biggest names in local wrestling history is coming back to coach his old team. Kevin Black, the only four-time state champion ever at River Falls High School, has been hired as the Wildcats' new head wrestling coach, according to school district activities director Rollie Hall. "I am happy and excited to announce Kevin Black has been hired as the new head wrestling coach for the 2013-14 school year," Hall said in a statement released Monday, March 11. "Kevin brings a work ethic and background of experience that is hard to match.
Seven St. Croix Valley Fusion players, including both goaltenders, have been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams. Senior goaltender Kalli Armagost was named the BRC Player of the Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by senior forward Sally Cranston. Senior defensemen Heather Shew and Micha Bennett were both named to the All-BRC second team while junior goaltender Carlie Christensen, freshman defenseman Maddie Rowe, and freshman forward Hanna Zevenbergen all earned honorable mention. St. Croix Valley led the conference in All-BRC picks with seven.
The River Falls gymnastics team won the Division 2 state title and Wildcat senior Riley Claude won state titles in the all-around and uneven bars for the second straight season at the WIAA Gymnastics Championships Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, in Wisconsin Rapids. The Cats posted a team score of 142.416 to win Saturday's state team championship and their sixth state title since 2002.