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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Wildcat girls tennis coach Chad Forde said the Cats' 5-2 loss to Baldwin-Woodville in its regular season finale was disappointing, but he saw a lot of positives leading up to the beginning of postseason play this week. The Wildcats got wins from Gina Filkins and Grace Wacthtler at the No. 1 and No. 4 singles spots last Thursday, Sept. 28 in Baldwin, but let a few other close matches slip away.
After watching a 2-0 lead slip away in a 3-2 nonconference loss to St. Scholastica Wednesday, Sept. 27, the UW-River Falls women's soccer team couldn't hold on to a 1-0 lead against UW-Oshkosh Saturday, Sept. 30 and settled for a 1-1 tie in the WIAC opener against the Titans. The Falcons, 3-6-1 overall, 0-0-1 in WIAC play, will host UW-Stout at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Ramer Field before visiting UW-La Crosse Saturday, Oct. 7.
The Wildcat boys soccer team managed just one goal in a pair of Big Rivers Conference losses last week to slip to 2-6-1 against BRC opponents this season. River Falls dropped a 5-0 decision to conference-leading and third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Eau Claire before falling 3-1 at home Thursday, Sept. 28, to Chippewa Falls.
The Wildcat girls swimming and diving team made some strides against Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, Sept. 28 but couldn't keep up with the Old Abes in a 121-64 Big Rivers Conference loss. Freshman diver Madison Berg came within three points of hitting the 190-point mark for the second straight week by posting a score of 187.15, good enough for third place behind two Old Abe state qualifiers from a year ago. "That is remarkable for a girl that never got on a diving board until this season," Wildcat coach Dennis Dadashev said.
Luke Nelson had been dreaming about this moment all his life. The River Falls junior kicked a 37-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to give the Wildcat football team a 32-30 Homecoming win over Superior Friday night, Sept. 29, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field for the Cat's first victory of the season.
It wasn't exactly ideal running conditions at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23, but the Wildcat cross country teams held their own in one of the biggest meets in the upper Midwest. With a heat advisory in place, race officials from the host University of Minnesota decided to shorten the course to two miles instead of the typical 5K. The Wildcat boys responded by finishing seventh out of 58 teams in the Maroon Division race while the girls placed 18th out of 48 teams.
This year's River Falls High School Homecoming Royalty candidates are, from left, Marcus Califf, Ema Pupungatoa, Andrew Smits, Natalie Bents, Jack Stoffel, Sara Hildreth, Sawyer Henk, Kenna Frisch, Simon Anderson, Delaney Welke, Xupeng Xiong, and not pictured Kiera LaCroix. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime of the Wildcat football game against Superior this Friday, Sept. 29, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Photo courtesy River Falls High School
Wildcat girls tennis coach Chad Fode likes the way his team is playing with WIAA subsectionals and sectionals on the horizon. "For some of our singles and doubles players, we are beginning to see it come together where we can do some damage at sub-sectionals," he said. "It is really up to the girls in how much they want to give and go for in this next week to reach those goals at sub-sectionals. I am excited to see what happens."
The River Falls girls golf team tied Eau Claire North for third place at the WIAA Division 1 regional Wednesday, Sept. 27, at New Richmond to advance to this Monday's sectional tournament in Wisconsin Rapids. River Falls and Eau Claire North each finished with team scores of 405 to tie for third. Eau Claire Memorial won the team title with 381 followed by host New Richmond with 402. All four teams advanced to Monday's sectional.
Chippewa Falls scored two touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the first half, including a blocked punt recovered in the end zone, to defeat River Falls, 21-14, Friday, Sept. 22, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.