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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River Falls baseball coach Ryan Bishop and his players would have preferred to be playing at the WIAA State High School Tournament in Appleton last week. Instead, they traded their Wildcat jerseys for Post 121 uniforms and set their sights on reaching the American Legion State Tournament in July. They got off to a good start, winning three of their first four games while outscoring their opponents 39-10 in the process.
Rookie Mitchell Feyereisen's walk-off grand slam gave the River Falls Fighting Fish a 6-2 win over the Champlin LoGators Wednesday, June 13, before the Fish split a pair of St. Croix Valley Baseball League games over the weekend to slip into a tie with the Spring Valley Hawks for first place in the SCVBL's North Division at 4-1 each. Feyereisen, a 2017 River Falls High School graduate in his first season with the Fish, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied 2-2 before ripping a two-strike pitch over the left field fence to end the game.
River Falls girls' soccer coach Charles Conley kept saying the same thing after the fourth-seeded Wildcats lost to top-seed and defending Division 1 champs Brookfield Central, 5-0, in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinals Thursday, June 14, in Milwaukee. “We couldn't be more proud,” he said. “The girls played their hearts out and played really well. They represented River Falls very, very well. So we're proud.”
The annual River Falls Days Bench Press Competition, hosted by the River Falls High School Powerlifting Club, will be held on Sunday, July 15, at the Heritage Park band stage, just south of City Hall. Competition starts at 11 a.m with weigh-ins starting as early as 9 a.m.
Not that the Wildcat girls soccer team needed any extra motivation to get to the state tournament this year, but they found some after their overnight trip to Brookfield was rained out May 11-12.
Meyer Middle School eighth grader Skylar Eisinger has qualified for the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying at the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association Junior High Finals in St. Peter, Minn. June 1-3. Eisinger's state finals were off to a rocky start the opening night when she missed her calf in breakaway and tipped two barrels in the barrel race.
River Falls girls' soccer team is heading to the WIAA State Tournament after defeating Pulaski, 2-0, in the Division 2 sectional championship game Saturday, June 9, in Marshfield. Freshman Lindsay Young and senior Gina Filkins accounted for the Wildcat scoring and senior Kiera LaCroix stopped all five shots she faced to clinch the Cat's first state tourney berth since 2011.
As recently as this past February, River Falls girls track and field coach Kristi Wagner said junior Sofia Naranjo Mata's status for the 2018 season was "dicey" at best. Naranjo Mata burst onto the scene as a freshman, winning the Big Rivers Conference title in the 100 meter dash, setting a new school record in the 100 dash at the sectional meet, and qualifying for state in both the 100 dash and triple jump.
After outscoring its opponents 18-0 in its first two playoff games, the top-seeded River Falls' girls' soccer team had to work a lot harder to get past No. 3 New Richmond in a WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday, June 7, at Wildcat Field.
Oh man, that was a tough ending. That was what Wildcat baseball coach Ryan Bishop was thinking after Wisconsin Rapids scored three runs in the top of the seventh to stun the Cats, 3-2, in a WIAA Division 1 Regional Final Thursday, May 31, at First National Bank of River Falls Field.