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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Former River Falls High School classmates Annie Frisbie and Trent Powell will both compete at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships in Madison this Saturday, Nov. 17, after helping their teams qualify at their respective regional meets over the weekend. Frisbie helped the No. 15-ranked Iowa State University women cruise to their third straight NCAA Midwest Regional title in Peoria, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 10, while Powell was part of the No. 14 Colorado State University men's team that earned at at-large bid at the Mountain West Regional in Provo, Utah.
It's hard to be disappointed when all seven of your starters are named to the all-conference team, but then again Wildcat volleyball coach Sara Kealy is always aiming higher.
Women's hoops splits openers Strong bench play helped the UW-River Falls women's basketball team erase an 11-point first quarter deficit and go on to a 73-67 win over Gustavus Adolphus in its season opener Friday night, Nov. 9, at Don Page Arena. Saturday the Falcons couldn't hold one to a six-point lead late and fell 55-53 to Lakeland University in Plymouth.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, marked the initial signing date for high school seniors who have made their college decision and are ready to sign a National Letter of Intent, and four River Falls High School student-athletes did just that during a ceremony in the school commons. Sofia Naranjo Mata will he heading to North Dakota State University for track and field.
River Falls cemented itself as the top Division 2 diving school in the state at the WIAA Championships Friday, Nov. 9, in Madison when sophomores Eva Milka, Madison Berg, Isabelle Seyffer and Madyson Tape combined for a total of 37 points, tops in the eight-team field at the UW-Natatorium. Mikla moved up three spots from her state debut as a freshman to reach the awards podium with a sixth-place finish while Berg and Seyffer also moved up to finish seventh and 10th, respectively, and Tape placed 12th in her first state appearance.
After all the success the Wildcats experienced on the football field this season, including a Big Rivers Conference title, beating Menomonie for the first time in 23 years, and its first playoff appearance since 2008, River Falls head coach David Crail said what made the season even more special was the support the team felt from the community.
Senior Trenton Monson became UW-River Falls' all-time receiving leader and senior Alex Herink tied the school record for most touchdown catches in a season, but the Falcon football team came up short in its bid for a season-ending win with a 39-25 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 10, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The loss dropped the Falcons into a three-way tie for fifth place with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville in the final WIAC standings at 2-5 each. UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-4 to finish tied with UW-Stout for fourth place.
Wildcat sophomore Eva Mikla moved up three spots from her state debut as a freshman last year to place sixth in the diving competition at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Oct. 9, in Madison.
Senior Nikko Zoller headlines a list of four Wildcats named to 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference teams by the conference coaches. Zoller earned a spot on the 11-player first team while senior Connor Weinzirl was named to the second team and sophomore Owen Wise and junior Gage Espanet earned honorable mention. Kolton Prater of 2018 BRC champion Hudson and goalkeeper Tyler Hanson of Eau Claire Memorial were named the conference co-players of the year.
Almost lost in the disappointment of the Wildcat volleyball team's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Oconomowoc in the semifinals of the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament Friday, Nov. 2, in Green Bay was the reality of just how special this season has been. River Falls had to replace four senior starters from its 2017 state runner-up team—Izzy Barr, Marissa Stockman, Sam Krueger and Elise Banitt. Barr, Stockman and Banitt have all moved on to play college volleyball while Krueger is arguably the greatest female student-athlete River Falls High School has ever seen.