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 Wildcat boys soccer team posted a 1-0 shutout over Eau Claire North before losing to Hudson, 2-0, in a pair of Big Rivers Conference matches last week. Connor Weinzirl scored the only goal of the game Tuesday, Sept. 12, off an assist from Devlin Laidlaw, in the Cats' first BRC win of the season over Eau Claire North. Jari Zoller recorded seven saves as the Huskies outshot the Wildcats, 12-5.
Keep the momentum going. That's what River Falls cross country coach Kari DeLuca keeps telling her runners. And they took that to heart Saturday, Sept. 16, at the 60th annual Smiley Invitational at the American Legion Golf Course in Wausau. The Wildcats posted a number of personal best times as the boys finished third in the 13-team Division 1 Small Division while the girls finished fourth.
The UW-River Falls football team scored on its first two possessions of the game and the defense held Missouri Baptist to negative-26 rushing yards in a 30-3 Falcon win in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday, Sept. 16, in St. Louis. Michael Diggins rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and Travon Hearns tossed a pair of touchdown passes as UWRF improved to 2-1 heading into its bye week. The Falcons will open WIAC play Saturday, Sept. 30, at UW-Eau Claire.
Eau Claire Memorial needed a 55-yard bomb midway through the fourth quarter to snap a 7-7 tie, then recovered a fumble in the end zone in the final minute, to defeat River Falls, 21-7 in Big River Conference football game at Carson Park Friday, Sept. 15. The win kept the Old Abes undefeated at 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the BRC, while River Falls slipped to 0-5, 0-3 in conference play.
There are plenty of reasons to love UW-River Falls' new Don Page Arena, but Falcon volleyball coach Patti Ford came up with a new one after her team played the first-ever game at the new facility. "I was thinking that if we were playing in Karges it would have been sopping wet in there," she said, referring to the hot, humid night. "So the fact we get to play in a nice air conditioned facility is just another thing to love about it."
River Falls football coach David Crail said the Wildcats have some work to do after slipping to 0-4 on the season with a 41-6 loss to Rice Lake Friday night, Sept. 8, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.
After turning the ball over five times in a four-point loss to Coe College in its season opener the week before, the UW-River Falls football team wasn't going to let another game slip away Saturday, Sept. 9, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. After building a 20-6 lead, UWRF turned the ball over twice on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions, and while Gustavus was able to convert the second giveway into a touchdown, it was too-little-too-late as the Falcons held on for a 20-12 victory.
After the Wildcat volleyball team dropped its first set of the season, 21-25, to Benilde-St. Margaret at the Irondale (Minn.) Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9, head coach Sara Kealy told the team in the huddle that she loved the situation they were in. "They all looked at me like I was crazy," Kealy said. "What coach likes to see their team lose?"
Wildcat girls tennis coach Chad Forde said the Cats' 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory at Rice Lake Thursday, Aug. 31, was by far the team's most solid match of the season. "Having great forehands and backhands are nice, but having mental toughness and physical fitness are even more powerful," Forde said. "This was our first match of the season where the girls put all three of those together and it makes the second half of the season really exciting."
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Athletic Department has announced an expanded partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics. Through this expanded partnership, TCO will support Falcon Athletics with three Certified Athletic Trainers to provide sports medicine coverage to 17 varsity sports and approximately 350 student-athletes.