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 fifth annual River Falls High School Boys Basketball Alumni Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 at the high school. This year's tournament features the largest turnout to date, with over 50 alumni representing 16 of the last 18 graduating classes, registered to play. The tournament kicks off with two games Friday night beginning with the 2008-09 alumni facing the 2003-07 alumni at 7 p.m. and the 2001-02 team playing the 2013-14 team at 8 p.m.
The River Falls Gymnastics Club has come a long way in 30 years. What started as a program with around 100 kids at the Old Ames Education Center at UW-River Falls in 1979 has grown to a volunteer, board-driven non-profit serving over 1,000 gymnasts annually. Now, after operating out of at least five different locations since 2001, the club is looking forward to finally moving into a building it can call its own.
The River Falls softball team may be young this year, but that doesn't mean opponents should take them lightly. The Wildcats graduated seven seniors from last year's squad, including all-conference pitcher/outfielder Rachel Wakefield and infielder Sophie Lee, both now members of the UW-Stevens Point softball team. The bulk of this year's roster is made up of sophomores, but head coach Jess Olson said that doesn't mean they should be overlooked.
Not many teams have eight all-conference players in one season. And even fewer get seven of those players back the next year. But that's the situation for the Wildcat girls soccer team, who finished third in the eight-team Big Rivers Conference and won its fourth straight Division 2 regional title a year ago. The Wildcats lost just two seniors from last year's squad, and head coach Charles Conley said the returners, along with a talented crop of freshman, have the Cats aiming high this season.
The UWRF men's basketball program will host a series of camps for boys elementary and high school players this summer. The Fundamental Youth Day Camp will be held June 11-14. Session 1 is for players entering grades 3-4 in Fall, 2018 and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and Session 2, for players entering grades 5-6, will be from 1-4 p.m.
Softball splits at St. Mary's Kaia Dorn homered and doubled in the first game and the Falcons scored 10 runs to back Payton Speckel's seventh win of the season, Ali Krohn singled in two runs and scored but that was all the scoring UWRF could muster in the nightcap as the Falcons split a doubleheader with St. Mary's Thursday, March 29, in Winona. The games were originally scheduled to be played at UWRF's Ramer Field but were moved to Winona due to unplayable field conditions.
The Wildcat track and field teams continued their strong indoor seasons with the boys taking second place and the girls placing fourth at the 20-plus team Minnesota State University-Mankato Varsity Showcase Saturday, March 31, in Mankato.
The River Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a Run, Rock and Glow 5K Run Saturday, April 21, at the high school. Registration begins at 7 p.m. with the Kids Fun Run around 7:30 p.m. amd 5K starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the RFHS FBLA club and other community charities. To register for the events, go to AndersonRaces.com. For more information, contact Olivia Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org .
River Falls High School Powerlifting Club head coach Jeremy Carlson had high expectations for the 14 lifters the club sent to the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals in Appleton March 22-25. They didn't disappoint. Twelve of the 14 competitors placed in their respective weight classes, six finished in the top three, and two—Hailee Markey and Jack Bond—became national champions.
The Meyer Middle School trap shooting team completed its first week of practice with 56 participants from grades 5-8 taking part in the fourth year of the program. All participants were required to attend an introduction to trap shooting night where kids are taught trap shooting range rules and etiquette and all guns are inspected and fitted. The team has 16 volunteer coaches, led by head coaches Belinda Hopp and Craig Rogaczewski, who teach the kids safety, rules of the range and tips to become better shooters.