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 Baseball League has released its roster for the Barnstorming Game against the St. Paul Saints May 13, and with most of the league's younger players still committed to their college teams, the SCVBL lineup will feature a host of "hometown heroes" that have been entertaining their communities for years.
UW-River Falls junior Alex Herink of Hudson was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America third team last Thursday after earning NABC and D3hoops.com All-Central Region honors earlier in the week. The awards are the latest for Hudson High School's all-time leading scorer, who was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year after helping the Falcons win WIAC regular season and tournament titles and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
The Wildcat gymnastics team scored a season-high 139.4667 to finish second to defending champion Whitefish Bay at the WIAA Division 2 State Team Gymnastics Tournament Friday, March 3, in Wisconsin Rapids. Whitefish Bay won its second straight state title with a score of 140.7833 while River Falls finished as state runner-up for the second straight year.
Devin Buckley and Garrett Pearson hit back-to-back three-pointers to give UW-River Falls a six-point lead with 3:38 remaining and the Falcons held UW-La Crosse scoreless for the final 3:16 of the game on their way to a 68-55 victory over the Eagles in a WIAC Tournament semifinal Thursday, Feb. 23, at Karges Center.
After going undefeated in Big Rivers Conference dual meets this season, the Wildcat gymnastics team clinched its second straight conference title and seventh in the last nine years by posting a season-best score of 138.225 at the BRC Tournament last Friday in Hudson.
In front of nearly 1,000 fans, including 50 former Falcons honored at halftime, on senior night, in the final regular season game ever at the the 58 year-old Karges Center, the seventh-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team defeated No. 18 UW-Whitewater, 68-63, to win the 2016-17 WIAC regular season championship. Junior Alex Herink of Hudson had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and seniors Garrett Pearson and Grant Erickson scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, as the Falcons clinched their first WIAC championship since 2004.
Not many small towns in America can boast of having three former high school teammates all playing professional baseball. But River Falls can.
Sophomore Chance Kamrowski won the 195-pound title to lead the Wildcats wrestling team to a fifth-place finish at the 12-team Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge Saturday in River Falls.
Devin Buckley scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and the fourth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team erased a 12-0 deficit at the start to extend its' school-record winning streak to 17 games with a 73-59 over UW-La Crosse Wednesday night, Feb. 1, at Karges Center. UWRF trailed by one, 27-26, at the break before Buckley scored 11 straight points to open the second half on three three-pointers and a layup to give the Falcons a 39-36 lead.
Boys Basketball Not this time. After losing to Hudson, 74-69, on their home court in the third game of the season, the Wildcat boys' basketball team had a little extra incentive going into Friday night's game in Hudson. And they used that motivation to roll to a 75-60 victory over the Raiders to earn a season split with their local rivals. River Falls' coach Zac Campbell said his team was as prepared and motivated for the rematch with Hudson as it has been for any game this season.