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 third-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey team shut out seventh-ranked Wisconsin Valley Union, 5-0, before dropping a pair of one-goal heartbreakers to unranked teams at the three-day Culvers Cup last week in Madison.
The eighth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team used a 15-1 run late in the first half to break open a close game and roll to its eighth straight win, 72-49, over St. Olaf College in its final nonconference game of the season Friday, Dec. 29, in Eau Claire. The Falcons will take a record of 9-1 into their WIAC opener Wednesday, Jan. 3, against UW-Stevens Point (6-5). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Don Page Arena in the Falcon Center.
UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink of Hudson was named the WIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week Dec. 18 after registering 24 points and 11 rebounds in a come-from-behind 69-65 victory over Northwestern-St. Paul Dec. 16. Herink scored 20 points in the second half to lead the comeback. UWRF trailed by 15 points at halftime and 21 points in the second half. His three-point basket with 1:12 left in the contest put the Falcons up five points — their largest lead of the game.
After a big 75-67 victory over a very good D.C. Everest team Thursday, Dec. 28, the Wildcat boys basketball team dropped a one-point game to host Tomah in the second game of the Tomah Holiday Tournament Friday, Dec. 29. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Wildcats and puts them at 6-3 overall heading into a Big Rivers Conference home tilt with Eau Claire Memorial Friday, Jan. 5. River Falls, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire North and Rice Lake are all bunched at the top of the BRC standings with one conference loss apiece.
The Wildcat boys hockey team posted a 7-3 win over Faribault Friday, Dec. 29 before losing to Coon Rapids, 4-3, Saturday, Dec. 30, at its home River Falls Holiday Quad at Wildcat Centre. The Wildcats, now 3-8-1 overall, will visit Hayward this Saturday, Jan. 6, before returning to Big Rivers Conference play Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home against Eau Claire North. Last Friday against Faribault, Taylor Rotsaert and Cody Wilson scored two goals each and Jake Bergmanis dished out three assists in a 7-3 Wildcat win.
It was a fitting end to the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic Friday night, Dec. 29, when Wildcat senior Mitchell Williamson had his arm raised in the final match of the two-day tournament after posting a 3-1 sudden victory over Noah Novotney of Boyceville in the heavyweight championship match.
Wildcat volleyball makes history River Falls was captivated by the season the high school volleyball team put together in 2017. The Wildcats won their second straight Big Rivers Conference championship, qualified for the WIAA State Tournament for the second straight year and reached the state title game for the first time before suffering their only loss of the season in a five-set thriller to Burlington.
Registration and the first session for the local snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety course will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Meyer Middle School library, 230 N. Ninth St. Enter through the north doors to the school. Anyone 12-years-old and born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, must have completed the safety course and received a certificate in order to operate a snowmobile or ATV. A parent or guardian needs to attend the registration session and sign a permission form. A brief explanation of the program will be given, then parents may leave.
Chippewa Falls scored a pair of third period goals to beat the Wildcats in Big Rivers Conference action before the Cats dropped a pair of one-goal decisions later in the week, including an overtime loss to a very good Minnehaha Academy team, to slip to 2-7-1 on the season. Chippewa Falls score the go ahead goal 2:50 into the third period Tuesday, Dec. 19, then added an empty-net goal 11 seconds remaining to beat the Wildcats, 3-1, in Chippewa Falls.
Two nights after what Wildcat head coach Zac Campbell called possibly the biggest win for the program in five years at Eau Claire North, the Cats needed a three-pointer by freshman Zac Johnson with 13 seconds left and a pair of late free throws to pull out a victory at home against New Richmond. River Falls came back from ten points down midway through the second half Tuesday, Dec. 19, to knock off defending Big Rivers Conference champion and previously unbeaten Eau Claire North, 61-58.