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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After defeating Fridley, Minn., 64-50, in the regular season finale for their sixth straight victory, Wildcat boys basketball coach Zac Campbell likes the way his team is playing heading into the postseason. "Having not lost a game in the past month, our boys have no reason to fear any team they match up against," he said. "We have shown through the course of the season that we can beat quality teams on the road and we will have to do that in back-to-back nights to get us to sectionals in our extremely talented region."
The top-seeded UW-River Falls women's hockey team dominated No. 4 UW-Stevens Point, 9-0, Friday Feb. 23 and 6-1 Saturday, Feb. 24, in a WIAC Tournament semifinal round at Hunt Arena. UWRF improved to 19-5-3 overall and will host the WIAC title game against UW-Eau Claire 17-6-4 Saturday, March 3, at 2:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena. The Falcons scored five times in the third period in Friday night's 9-0 shutout over the Pointers.
The Eau Claire Area Stars scored two goals in a three-minute span of the third period to erase a 3-2 St. Croix Valley Fusion lead and defeat the Fusion, 4-3, in a WIAA Section 1 girls hockey semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
After defeating New Richmond for the second time in three days, 65-56, in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Wildcat girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 69-53 loss to top-seeded Onalaska Friday, Feb. 23, in Onalaska. Wildcat head coach Ian Sticht said it was strange seeing the Tigers for the second time in three days last Tuesday on the Cats' home court.
WIAA boys basketball regional tournament action begins around the state on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Prescott was the lone area team that reached the WIAA boys state championships last winter, with the Cardinals losing in the Division 3 state championship game. There are a number of western Wisconsin teams with the capabilities of making a strong charge to the state tournament. Here are previews of the area regional tournament bracket in each division. Division 1
River Falls' Nathan Fuller and Mitchell Williamson and Hudson's Jacob Anderson, will all wrestle for spots on the podium on the final day of the WIAA Individual State Tournament today, Saturday, Feb. 24. Fuller and Williamson dropped their semifinal matches Friday night while Anderson won his consolation quarterfinal match to join Fuller and Williamson in the consolation semifinals.
The UW-River Falls men's hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the WIAC Tournament with a 7-1 victory and a 3-3 tie at UW-Superior Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. The Falcons will next face regular season champion and top-seed UW-Stevens Point in a two-game semifinal series this weekend, Feb. 23-24 in Stevens Point.
Despite a second place Big Rivers Conference finish, a five-game winning streak and a 13-8 overall record, the Wildcat boys basketball team will open the postseason on the road Friday, March 2, at Tomah. The Cats overcame a sluggish first half against Chippewa Falls to post a 73-46 victory over the Cardinals Thursday, Feb. 15 that assured no lower than a second place finish in the BRC. Two days later freshman Zac Johnson scored 27 of his 31 points in the first half in a 76-39 win over Ashland for the Cats' fifth straight win and sixth in seven games.
River Falls' Nathan Fuller and Mitchell Williamson reached the semifinals of their respective weight classes and Wildcat Chance Kamrowski and Hudson's Jacob Anderson are still alive on the consolation side of the bracket after the first day of the WIAA Division 1 Individual State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, in Madison.
Members of the River Falls Girls Basketball Association 7 Blue traveling team took first place at a season ending tournament held in Fridley, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 10. Team members include, front row, from left, Elena Dexheimer, Emily Mansfield, Alli Laube and Bella Juedes. Second row, assistant coach Emily Dimartino, Rebecca Randleman, Dorothy Wiatr, Layla Czaplewski, Abbey Robey and head coach Mark Babler. Photo courtesy of Jill Dexheimer