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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Senior running back Michael Diggings rushed for a career high 224 yards and three touchdowns and the UW-River Falls defense held UW-Stevens Point to 217 total yards as the Falcons snapped their four-game losing streak with a 21-14 victory over the Pointers Saturday, Nov. 4, in Stevens Point. Diggins increased his league-leading rushing total to 1,190 yards to become the first Falcon to go over the 1,000 yard mark since Taylor Edwards in 2011. Diggins scored on runs of 3, 2, and 21 yards to give him 16 rushing touchdowns on the season, tops in the WIAC.
Wildcat senior Maddie Seyffer qualified for the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships for the second straight year and will be joined by three freshman divers when the Division 2 meet gets underway Friday, Nov. 10 in Madison. Seyffer placed fourth in the 500 yard freestyle at the sectional meet at UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 3 to earn a return trip to state while freshmEn Eva Mikla, Madison Berg and Isabel Seyffer swept the top three spots at the diving sectional the night before in Hudson.
David Page of River Falls talks about his father, former UW-River Falls coach and athletic director Don Page, during the dedication of Page Arena in the Falcon Center Saturday, Nov. 4, during halftime of the inaugural basketball game held in his father's namesake arena against University of Minnesota Duluth. The Falcons won 61-60. Photo by Kathy M Helgeson
The River Falls volleyball team's quest for a state championship and undefeated season fell two points short in a five-set thriller to Burlington in the WIAA Division 1 state title match against Saturday, Nov. 4, at Green Bay's Resch Center.
River Falls senior captain Izzy Barr didn't mince words after the Wildcats defeated top-ranked Oconomowoc, 3-1, in a WIAA State Girls' Volleyball Tournament semifinal in Green Bay Friday, Nov. 3. “Our team motto, I always like to say, is balls to the walls,” she said. “And I kind of just take it like; go for every single ball. There's nothing to lose. Just make it fun.”
In the midst of D.C. Everest's 11-0 run against the Wildcats in the third set of their WIAA sectional final Saturday, Oct. 28, in Menomonie, the Evergreen student section directed a chant of "Why so quiet?" at their River Falls counterparts. The Wildcat Superfans, as they call themselves, started chanting back, "We're not worried."
River Falls looked like it was just warming up in the third set of its 3-0 victory over Kimberly in a WIAA State Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay Thursday, Nov. 2. After pulling out a 25-21 win in the first set and taking the second set, 25-19, the Wildcats clicked on all cylinders in the third set, putting the match away with an emphatic 25-10 victory for the first state tournament win in school history.
The Falcon women's cross country team placed three runners in the top 20 to finish third at the WIAC Championships Saturday, Oct. 28, in Whitewater. Abby Fouts finished fourth overall in the 6,000 meter race with a time of 22 minutes, 30.1 seconds to earn first team All-WIAC honors and Linsey Tolkinnen was 11th in 22:42.7 to earn a spot on the second team while Nicole Jurik received honorable mention with a 20th place time of 23:09.5. Freshman Emmy Farago of Hudson was 25th with a time of 23:35.2.
When Izzy Barr was a freshman the Wildcat volleyball team won its very first playoff game under head coach Sara Kealy. They won a regional title her sophomore year and a sectional title her junior year to qualify for state for the first time in school history. So now that Barr is a senior? "This year we plan on winning state," she said.
The UW-River Falls football team gave third-ranked UW-Oshkosh all it could handle Saturday, Oct. 28, in Oshkosh, but the Titans rallied for a touchdown with 3:09 remaining to pull out a 31-28 victory. UWRF took a 28-24 lead on Michael Diggins' third rushing touchdown of the game with 6:53 to play, but Oshkosh put together a 10-play, 61-yard drive ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Mitch Gerhartz, his second of the game, to take a three-point lead.