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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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.
Trailing 21-3 at UW-Stout late in the third quarter, the UW-River Falls football team pulled to within five points and was driving for the go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes remaining, only to see it unravel in a 21-16 loss to the Blue Devils in a driving rain Saturday, Oct. 14, in Menomonie.
The UW-River Falls men ran at the Jim Drews Invitational and the women at the Tori Neubauer Invite, both hosted by UW-La Crosse, Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Ettrick Golf Club. It was the final regular season meet of the season for both teams. The Falcon women finished fifth out of 21 teams while the man were 18th.
The Wildcat girls swimming and diving team won 12 of the 13 events, including sweeping the relays, to defeat South St. Paul, 99-71, in a nonconference dual meet on the road Tuesday, Oct. 12. Among the highlights were senior Maddie Seyffer cutting a few tenths of a second off her time in the 500-yard freestyle to win the event in 5 minutes, 52.91 seconds, and sophomore Sam Troyer and Abby Buschette sweeping the top two spots in the 200 freestyle.
Three Wildcat boys earned all-conference honors and two girls earned spots on the teams at the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 14, on the campus of UW-River Falls. Tyler Cernohous earned a spot on the boys All-BRC second team and Brayden Richison and Mason Shea received honorable mention while Meggie Weideman and Elsa Putzier received honorable mention to the girls team. The Wildcat boys finished third in the final team standings while the girls placed fifth.