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 looked like it was just warming up in the third set of its 3-0 victory over Kimberly in a WIAA State Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay Thursday, Nov. 2. After pulling out a 25-21 win in the first set and taking the second set, 25-19, the Wildcats clicked on all cylinders in the third set, putting the match away with an emphatic 25-10 victory for the first state tournament win in school history.
The Falcon women's cross country team placed three runners in the top 20 to finish third at the WIAC Championships Saturday, Oct. 28, in Whitewater. Abby Fouts finished fourth overall in the 6,000 meter race with a time of 22 minutes, 30.1 seconds to earn first team All-WIAC honors and Linsey Tolkinnen was 11th in 22:42.7 to earn a spot on the second team while Nicole Jurik received honorable mention with a 20th place time of 23:09.5. Freshman Emmy Farago of Hudson was 25th with a time of 23:35.2.
When Izzy Barr was a freshman the Wildcat volleyball team won its very first playoff game under head coach Sara Kealy. They won a regional title her sophomore year and a sectional title her junior year to qualify for state for the first time in school history. So now that Barr is a senior? "This year we plan on winning state," she said.
The UW-River Falls football team gave third-ranked UW-Oshkosh all it could handle Saturday, Oct. 28, in Oshkosh, but the Titans rallied for a touchdown with 3:09 remaining to pull out a 31-28 victory. UWRF took a 28-24 lead on Michael Diggins' third rushing touchdown of the game with 6:53 to play, but Oshkosh put together a 10-play, 61-yard drive ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Mitch Gerhartz, his second of the game, to take a three-point lead.
The top-seeded River Falls High School volleyball team kept its perfect season intact with a three-set sweep of No. 4 Stevens Point in a WIAA Division 1, Sectional 1 semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, in Wausau. The Wildcats won by scores of 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 to improve to 40-0 on the season and advance to the sectional championship game this Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at Menomonie High School.
Soccer wins home finale Senior midfielder Abby Soderholm's goal just over 13 minutes into the match held up to give the UW-River Falls women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point in the Falcon's final home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 21, at Ramer Field. Soderholm put back a rebound of a Mariah Troje header that hit the crossbar off a corner kick from Maddie Bleick at 13:45 for the only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Crosby finished with six saves to earn the shutout and her first victory of the season.
Despite struggling to move the ball against UW-Whitewater Saturday, Oct. 21, the UW-River Falls football team trailed just 3-0 at halftime and by just six points with one quarter to play but couldn't keep up with the Warhawks in the end of a 20-7 loss at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Whitewater scored a pair of second half touchdowns to hand the Falcons their third straight loss and drop them to 1-3 in WIAC play (3-4 overall). UWRF's offense managed just 170 total yards and six first downs while the Falcons punted 10 times and turned the ball over once.
The Wildcat cross country teams couldn't get anyone through to state at the WIAA Division 1 sectional in Menomonie last Saturday Oct. 21. The Wildcat boys finished fifth in the 12-team field while the girls placed eighth. The top two teams and top five runners who were not members of those teams earned spots at this Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids.
The top-seeded Wildcat volleyball team started out like gangbusters in its WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night, Oct. 21, against Marshfield. The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the game and were clicking on all cylinders when things started to slowly bog down. "In the middle of the first set, we hit a passing slump," head coach Sara Kealy noted. "To be a primary passer is an enormous amount of pressure. It is one of those skills that is not recognized until it goes bad."
River Falls will have two representatives at the Knights of Columbus State Punt, Pass and Kick Competition in DePere this Saturday, Oct. 21. Eleven year-old Rafe Belisle and 8 year-old Mike Everson both advanced after qualifying at the Diocesan competition in Siren Oct. 7. Belisle took first place in the 11 year-old boys competition while Everson was second in the 8 year-old boys. The River Falls Knights of Columbus Punt, Pass and Kick competition was held at Meyer Middle School Sept. 23.