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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People can get their first glimpse of what the new Community Baseball Ballpark will look like and salute the 2011 state champion American Legion and Fighting Fish baseball teams when the River Falls Baseball Council hosts the River Falls Baseball Bash Saturday night, Feb.
Wildcat goaltender Corbin Renslow keeps his eyes on the puck before covering up the rebound for one of his 47 saves in the Cats' 3-2 loss to Hudson Thursday night at Wildcat Centre. Renslow and the Cats' were clinging to a 2-1 lead before the Raiders scored twice in the final four minutes to escape with the win. Read more about the Wildcats and Falcons in the Dec. 22 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The Wildcat hockey team outshot its two opponents 104-28 and put 10 goals on the scoreboard in a pair of victories last week. The Cats outshot Eau Claire North 66-6 in a 6-1 Big Rivers Conference victory over Thursday in Eau Claire before posting a 4-2 nonconference victory over Cedarburg Saturday at Wildcat Centre that saw them post with a 38-22 shot-on-goal advantage. The Wildcats, now 3-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 in the BRC, visited Chippewa Falls (2-3-0, 1-1-0) Tuesday before returning home to host Hudson (1-2-0, 0-1-0) Thursday at 7 p.m.
Fans in the student section at the Wildcat boys' basketball team's home opener against Rice Lake welcomed the Warriors and their University of Minnesota recruit Wally Ellenson to town by donning University of Wisconsin badger gear Tuesday night at the high school.
Experience may be lacking in the River Falls High School wrestling room, but hard work certainly isn't. That hard work paid off in the Cats' 42-33 season-opening victory over Big Rivers Conference challenger Rice Lake Dec. 1. Saturday, Dec.
St. Croix Valley Fusion goaltender Carlie Christensen makes a glove save in the first period of the Fusion's 3-2 victory over the Cap City Cougars (Sun Prairie) at the Fusion Thanksgiving Invitational in Baldwin last Friday afternoon. The Fusion won two of three games at its season-opening tournament. Read more about the tournament and other sports in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
For the second consecutive season, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team has defeated the defending NCAA Division III champions at Karges Center. Shane Manor led four Falcons in double figures as 21st-ranked UWRF defeated No. 8 St. Thomas, 79-64, in their home opener Tuesday night. The Falcons led 36-32 at halftime before St. Thomas scored the first basket of the second half to pull to within two.
The UW-River Falls men's hockey team used a four-goal first period Nov. 11 and a five-goal, third-period outburst Saturday to take three of four points from the defending national champion St. Norbert Green Knights in its NCHA opening series over the weekend at Hunt Arena. The 12th-ranked Falcons jumped out to a 4-0 lead Friday and held on for a 6-3 victory. Saturday they trailed 4-0 in the third period before erupting for five goals in 11 minutes, only to have third-ranked St. Norbert tie the score with two minutes remaining.
Three members of the River Falls High School volleyball team have been honored by the Big Rivers Conference coaches with selection to 2011 All-BRC teams. Senior Zoe Barr was named to the seven-player First Team while seniors Maddie Shafer and Masy Engel earned Honorable Mention. Second-year Wildcat coach Sara McDonald was thrilled with the selections. "It is nice to see that the coaches in our conference are starting to recognize individual players from our team," she said. Barr earned All-BRC honors for the second straight season. She earned Honorable Mention to the 2010 team.
River Falls senior Sierra Becker placed second in diving at the WIAA Division 2 girls swimming and diving state meet Friday night at the UW Natatorium in Madison. Becker finished with a score of 388.20 to finish as state runner-up for the second straight year. Rachel Stave of Whitnall defended her state title with a score of 444.2 River Falls senior Rose Tashjian finished eighth with a score of 308.2 while classmate Britta Grebner placed ninth with 302.85. See the Nov. 16 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the story.