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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Hudson teammates Bennett Swavely and Charley Chase each shot four over-par rounds of 76 to share medalist honors but it wasn't enough to catch Eau Claire Memorial as the Old Abes edged the Raiders by four strokes to clinch their second straight conference championship at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, May 17, at the River Falls Golf Club.
The WIAA has released postseason seedings for its softball tournament series and it features No. 4 seed Hudson hosting No. 13 River Falls in a Division 1 first round regional game Wednesday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at Grandview Park. Hudson takes a record of 13-4 into the postseason while River Falls is 2-13. The Raiders swept a doubleheader from the Wildcats, 10-0 and 12-0, in their Big Rivers Conference finale May 15.
Katie Cardell threw a pair of shutouts and Hudson hit six home runs while sweeping River Falls, 10-0 and 12-0, in the Big Rivers Conference softball finale for both teams Tuesday, May 15, at Grandview Park. Game one started and ended with Hudson home runs as Colleen Halverson hit a leadoff bomb in the bottom of the first and Hannah Stich drilled a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the ten-run mercy rule. In between Megan Iverson hit a solo shot in the second.
Nellie (Sivertsen) Oothoudt, a three-time All-WIAC soccer player at UW-Stout and 1999 graduate of River Falls High School, was inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame, April 21. Sivertsen was the first UW-Stout three-time All-WIAC first team soccer selection, earning the honors in 1999, 2001 and 2002. She is Stout's all-time goals scoring leader with 44, is second in points with 104 and 11th in assists with 16.
Bailee Dierks swept the hurdle races for the Hudson girls and Jared Creen was a double winner for the River Falls boys' to lead their respective teams to conference titles at the 2018 Big Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday, May 15, in Menomonie. The Raider girls won a total of seven events on their way to compiling 173 points while River Falls was second with 141. River Falls' boys took the team title with 149 while Eau Claire North was second with 126. Hudson placed sixth with 78.5.
Jake Lindsay struck out eight in six innings of work and and River Falls broke the game open with five runs in the third inning as the Wildcats snaped New Richmond,'s eight game winning streak with an 8-2 victory, Thursday, May 10, at First National Bank of River Falls Field.
What a difference two days makes. After being held to one hit in a 6-1 loss to fifth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, May 1, in River Falls, the Wildcats pounded out 10 Thursday, May 3, at Carson Park, including six during a seven-run third inning, to hammer the Old Abes, 11-0, and push ahead of them in the race for the Big Rivers Conference title. Three of the Wildcats' 10 hits were for extra bases, including a two-run home run by sophomore Joe Stoffel during the seven-run third inning that completely took the wind out of the Old Abes' sails.
UW-River Falls junior Nikki Jurik survived a fall on the last lap to hold off UW-Eau Claire's Katie George to win the 3,000 meter steeplechase title at the WIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday, May 4, at Ramer Field. Jurik claimed UWRF's only individual conference champion with a time of 11 minutes, 38.9 seconds. UW-La Crosse swept the team titles with the Eagle women winning their seventh straight outdoor championship and the men claiming their 28th straight. The Falcon men and women both placed eighth.
In the midst of a stretch of 11 games in 14 days, the Wildcat girls soccer team is showing no signs of fatigue. The latest proof was a 3-1 victory over Hudson Monday, May 7, that gave the Cats their first season sweep over the Raiders in six years. It was the fifth game in seven days for River Falls and they came out of it with four wins and a tie to improve to 7-0-1 on the season. Even head coach Charles Conley is impressed. "I knew we'd be good, but we're playing better than I expected," he admitted.
The River Falls Youth Hockey Association is offering a free learn to skate program this fall. All boys and girls 4-7 years old in the River Falls, Ellsworth and Prescott school districts that haven't skated with RFYHA before are eligible. Lessons will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 24-Nov. 18. There is no previous skating experience requirement and all equipment provided by RFYHA is free of cost. The first 30 boys and girls to register are guaranteed a spot and equipment use. Pre-register to reserve a space at rfhockey.com/learntoskate.