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 Big Rivers Conference champion River Falls Wildcats earned a No. 2 seed for the WIAA postseason and will host No. 7 Kaukauna in a Level 1 playoff game Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcats enter the game 8-1 overall while Kaukauna comes in at 5-4. River Falls won its first BRC title since 1995 by going 6-1 in conference play while Kaukauna finished third in the Valley Football Association North Division at 4-4.
Josh Linton's goal off a corner kick five minutes in was the only goal of the match as the Wildcat boys' soccer team handed Hudson it's first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season, 1-0, Thursday night, Oct. 11, in Hudson. Linton got just enough of his head on a corner kick to redirect the ball off a Hudson defender and into the net for the only goal of the match while the Wildcat defense and goalkeeper Ben Matheson did the rest to record the Cat's sixth shutout of the season.
Nine year-old Jordyn Senoraske, a fourt grade student at Greenwood Elementary School in River Falls, shot her first buck while bow hunting near Alma on Sunday, Sept. 16. The buck was an 11-pointer that dressed out at 196 pounds. Photo courtesy of Brian Senoraske
The Wildcat football team isn't looking past anyone this season. The Cats made the 2-hour, 40-minute trip north to Superior last Friday, Oct. 5, knowing they needed to beat a Spartan team that was fighting for its playoff life in its homecoming game in order to stay in the race for the Big Rivers Conference championship.
Wildcat cross country coach Kari DeLuca said the next couple of weeks are going to be "awesome but pretty intense." The Wildcats have the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet this Saturday, Oct. 13, at Chippewa Falls, and the WIAA Sectional Saturday, Oct. 20, in Menomonie. After that is the WIAA State Meet Saturday, Oct. 27 in Wisconsin Rapids. After looking at the Wildcat boys' performance at the Old Abes Invitational last Saturday, where they finished second out of 16 teams, DeLuca could hardly contain her excitement.
There's a good chance the Wildcat boys' soccer team will see Holmen again in the postseason. And judging by the way the Cats played the undefeated Vikings Saturday, Oct. 6, they'll be ready for a little revenge. Holmen went into the match with a record of 10-0-1 overall and on top of the Mississippi Valley Conference standings while the Wildcats were 7-6-2 and in fifth place in the Division 1-dominated Big Rivers Conference. Holmen scored the only goal of the match on a header in the second half to remain unbeaten, while the Wildcats walked away looking for a rematch.
UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville combined for 1,037 total yards of offense, but the Pioneers scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away for a 52-27 victory Saturday, Oct. 6, in Platteville. The loss was the fourth straight for the Falcons and dropped them to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in WIAC play. Platteville improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference. Junior quarterback Ben Beckman threw for 401 yards and a touchdown but Platteville's Sean Studer ran for 217 yards and five scores, including the last three Pioneer touchdowns to break the game open.
The trails of Whitetail Ridge in River Falls played host to the fifth race in the Minnesota High School Cycling League's seven race series Sunday, Oct. 7, and the local St. Croix Composite team highlighted the day by placing first in the high school division and second in the middle school races.
The Wildcat volleyball team was up 24-9 in the third set and one point away from clinching its third straight Big Rivers Conference title Thursday, Oct. 4, against Chippewa Falls when head coach Sara Kealy called a timeout.
The Wildcat football team remained tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with one game remaining with a 40-16 victory over Superior Friday night, Oct. 5, in Superior. Seth Kohel ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns and Logan Graetz threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Wildcats improved to 7-1 overall, 5-1 and tied for first place in the BRC with Hudson.