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 junior Hugo Schneckenberger had to work overtime to secure a berth in this week's WIAA State Boys Tennis Tournament in Madison. Schneckenberger needed to beat Onalaska's Ben Havlicek in his first match at the Eau Claire Sectional on May 24. After splitting the first two sets, 7-5, 3-6, Schneckenberger took the third-set tiebreaker, 10-7, to earn his trip to state.
The River Falls Fighting Fish bounced back from a 6-3 loss to the Prescott Pirates in the semifinals of the 26th annual Plum City Memorial Day Weekend Tournament to beat the host Blues, 11-4, in the third place game Monday, May 29, at Legion Park. The Fish opened the tournament by blanking the Ellsworth Hubbers, 6-0, Saturday, May 27, before letting a 3-0 lead slip away Sunday against Prescott.
Foursomes are the norm in golf. Some courses even allow fivesomes. But a tensome? That was the situation at the New Richmond Golf Course after River Falls and Hudson tied for the low team score with 321 each at the WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Tournament Tuesday, May 23. That sent all 10 players, five from each team, out for a one-hole playoff with the total of each team's best four scores determining the regional champ. Hudson came in at one under-par on the hole while the Wildcats finished at two-over, giving the Raiders the regional crown and leaving the Wildcats runner-up.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the River Falls Wildcats as the recipient of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2017 state tournament.
River Falls wasn't even in the Big Rivers Conference when La Crosse Logan set the conference record of four minutes, 5.9 seconds in the girls 4x400-meter relay in 1981. But the Wildcats are in the record book now. Alaina Syverson, Tessa Rayne, Sarah Schneckenberger and Emily Banitt teamed up to break the Rangers' 36-year-old BRC record with a time of 4:05.29 seconds at the BRC championships Thursday, May 18, in Menomonie. Eau Claire North was second with a time of 4:14.76.
UWRF Page golf outing June 19 The 32nd annual UWRF Athletics Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support UW-River Falls athletics will be Monday, June 19, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992. Known as the Falcon Athletics Icon, Page was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Wisconsin Football and Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fames in 2004.
Runs were at a premium in the Wildcat baseball team's two games against ninth-ranked Chippewa Falls last week. Jaxin Larson allowed just one run in a two-day, complete-game 2-1 victory that started Tuesday, May 16, and ended Thursday, May 18, before Jake Lindsay went toe-to-toe with Cardinal ace Trevor Olson in a 1-0 loss later Thursday.
The Wildcat girls soccer team hit a bump in the road in the form of a 3-2 loss to New Richmond Monday, May 22, but head coach Charles Conley liked the way his team played in a pair of Big Rivers Conference matches last week. After playing what Conley called "probably the best match we played all year" in a 1-0 loss to BRC leader and ninth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial on May 16, the Cats posted their seventh shutout in eight games, and 12th of the season, in a 6-0 win two days later at Chippewa Falls.
The River Falls' boys golf team lost a one-hole playoff to Hudson to finish in second place at the New Richmond Regional Tuesday, May 23, but is still one of four teams to advance to next week's sectional tournament in Marshfield. River Falls and Hudson both finished with team scores of 321 but the Raiders edged the Wildcats in a one-hole playoff to capture the regional title.
French foreign exchange student Hugo Schreckenberg was the lone Wildcat to advance out of the WIAA Division 1 tennis subsectional played Monday, May 22, at Eau Claire North. Schreckenberg finished third at No. 1 singles to move on. Semifinalists in Flight 1 and finalists in Flights 2-4 qualified for the subsectional Wednesday, May 24, at Eau Claire Memorial.