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 Fighting Fish player-manager Josh Eidem channeled his inner Stranger from The Big Lebowski after the Fish lost their third straight game of the season Sunday afternoon at First National Bank of River Falls Field. "Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, the bear eats you," he said.
The Wildcat boys' golf team couldn't recover from a rough opening round at the WIAA State Golf Tournament in Madison June 5-6 and finished the two-day tournament in 16th place in the Division 1 field. River Falls cut one stroke off its opening round score of 338 to shoot a 337 Tuesday for a two-day total of 675 a University Ridge Golf Course. Hartland Arrowhead won the Division 1 team title with 602 (303-299) and Marquette University School was second with 606 (304-302) while Kaukauna took third with 629 (319-310).
Make them notice. That's the message new Wildcat football coach David Crail is delivering to his team as it gets set to begin its WIAA approved 5-days of summer practice. Crail will get his first look at his new team this Thursday and Friday, June 15-16, with two mornings of practice at the Meyer Middle School Field. The Cats will then head north to Duluth to spend three days at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Team Camp Monday through Wednesday, June 19-21.
After being shut out through the first six innings in its season opener Wednesday, June 7, the River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team reached double digits in its next two games to beat Faribault, 11-1 and Prescott, 10-4. Nine of River Falls' 11 seniors from the high school season have moved on, meaning there are a lot of new faces in the Post 121 lineup.
New Richmond scored two goals in the final 12 minutes to stun River Falls, 2-1, in a WIAA Division 2 girls' soccer sectional semifinal game Thursday, June 8, in New Richmond.
Wildcat baseball coach Ryan Bishop doesn't like to repeat himself, but he couldn't help it after the Cats' two playoff games last week. "Wow, what a game!" he said after his team's come-from-behind, 6-5, extra-inning win over Merrill in a WIAA Regional semifinal Tuesday, May 30. "Wow, what a game again!" he said after the Cats scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning only to lose, 6-5, in the regional final Thursday, June 1, at Stevens Point.
UW-River Falls' free Tuesday night “Chill on the Hill” Concert Series will kick off with local bluegrass band, Chris Silver and the Good Intentions June 3, at the Melvin Wall Amphitheatre. The concerts are free and open to everyone. This year's concerts, all at 7 p.m. are:
The River Falls Fighting Fish opened St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with three wins last week and improved to 7-1 overall heading into a 10-game home stand beginning Wednesday, June 7, against the Hastings Hawks. The Fish downed the New Richmond Millers, 5-3, Wednesday, May 31 in New Richmond and routed the Hager City Skeeters, 16-1, Saturday, June 3 at First National Bank of River Falls Field before topping the Spring Valley Hawks, 5-0, Sunday, June 4, in Spring Valley.
They already earned the reputation as a record-setting relay team, but Friday, June 2, at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Cosse they put an exclamation mark on that title. Freshman Emily Banitt, sophomore Sarah Langlois, senior Alaina Syverson and senior Tessa Rayne knocked three-quarters of a second off the previous school record in the 4x400 meter dash by posting a time of 3 minutes, 56.94 seconds in their preliminary heat. All four ran lifetime-best splits.
Wildcat junior Hugo Schreckenberg took his first round match at the WIAA State Boys Tennis Tournament with Franklin's Ethan Grissom down to the wire Thursday, June 1, but couldn't hold on in a match-deciding tiebreaker. Schreckenberg took the opening set, 6-3, before Grissom earned a 7-6 win in the second set and clinched the match by taking the tiebreaker. Grissom went on to lose to second-seeded Colt Tegtmeier of Madison Memorial 6-2, 6-1 in the second round. Tegtmeier went on to lose the championship match to Robert Krill of Brookfield East.