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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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.
Wildcat football coach David Crail said he's pleased his players were disappointed after their 21-7 loss to Eau Claire Memorial Friday, Sept. 15, at Carson Park. "I'd be disappointed if they weren't disappointed," he said. The winless Wildcats had the undefeated Old Abes on the ropes in the first half, holding Memorial to just three first downs and 68 total yards while building a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcat girls golf team is right on the heels of defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial heading into the conference tournament Thursday, Sept. 21 at Troy Burne. Just one stroke separated the Cats and Old Abes in the final two regular season matches last week. Eau Claire Memorial took first Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Tanglewood Greens in Menomonie with a score of 181 while the two teams tied with 182 Thursday, Sept. 14, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake.
Wildcat volleyball coach Sara Kealy wanted to give her team some tougher competition when she signed them up for the Watertown Invitational last Saturday, Sept. 16. The rest of the teams probably wish she didn't. The Cats went 5-0 at the invite to cap a 7-0 week and improve to 23-0 on the season. They opened the week with three-set wins at Prescott Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 14. But Kealy said the team had the most fun at Watertown, located about 50 miles east of Milwaukee.
The Menomonie girls swimming and diving team won the last three events of the night to steal a two-point victory over River Falls, 94-92, in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet in River Falls Thursday, Sept. 14. The Wildcats posted five first place finishes, including sweeping the top three spots in the 200 yard freestyle, but Menomonie made a late charge and won the final event of the night—the 400 freestyle relay—by four seconds to earn the win.
The UW-River Falls volleyball team avenged an early season loss to Carleton College and christened its new home, Page Arena, with a win in the process with a five-set victory over the Knights Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Falcons battled back from a 2-1 deficit to earn the victory by scores of 14-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 15-9.
Olivia Kittleson and Liz Radosevich pulled out a big three-set win at No. 1 doubles to give the Wildcat girls tennis team a 4-3 victory over Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference match in Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Sept. 12. Kittleson and Radosevich squeaked out a 7-6 (5) victory in the first set and lost the second set, 1-6, before storming back for a 6-2 third set victory to tilt the outcome in River Falls' favor in the final match of the day. Wildcat head coach Chad Forde said the pair showed a lot of toughness to come back and win the final set.