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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If you think this season was all about winning for the Wildcat volleyball team, listen to head coach Sara Kealy describe what she'll remember most. "The chemistry that this team had, more so than the wins and losses," she said. "I think it's about the relationships that you build and what you can add to each other's lives. And I talk about the seniors but I think my juniors and sophomores and my lone wolf freshman have added something invaluable to each other's lives outside of how to pass, set and hit a volleyball."
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 Saturday, Nov. 4, at Green Bay's Resch Center. After storming back from two sets down to tie the match, the Wildcats led 13-11 in the fifth and deciding set before Burlington scored the final four points to hand the Cats a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, 13-14 loss and win its third state championship in the last seven years.
The UW-River Falls women's hockey team swept Bethel College in a home-and-home series last weekend, winning 7-5 Friday, Nov. 3 in St. Paul and 5-2 Saturday, Nov. 4, at Hunt Arena. Jessie Anderson and Amy Auran netted a pair of goals each in Friday night's win while Ashley Effertz and Carly Moran tallied a goal and assist each. Sam Young netted a goal while Erica Schramel and Madi Nolan each had two assists. Angie Hall finished with 14 saves.
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.