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 River Falls' girls matched their best finish ever by placing fourth at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The Cats finished with a team score of 202. Arrowhead won the girls' Division 1 team title with 56. Paige Skorseth led the Wildcats with a 17th place time of 15 minutes, 6.78 seconds. Annie Frisbie was two spots behind in 19th place with a time of 15:10.58.
The Wildcat volleyball team didn't let its No. 10 seed get in the way of a strong showing in its WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 20, in Chippewa Falls. The Cats gave the seventh-seeded Cardinals all they could handle on their home court before coming up on the short end of a hard-fought, five-set battle by scores of 22-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 12-15. Wildcat coach Sara McDonald had nothing but praise for her team afterwards. "I could not be more proud of my girls," she said.
Wildcat cross country coach Pat Lorentz had high hopes both the boys' and girls' teams would earn trips to state this season. That's why he described his feelings after Saturday's sectional meet in Tomah as bittersweet. The Wildcat girls won their third straight sectional title to punch their return ticket to state. But an injury to senior captain Salvador Bastien resulted in the boys coming up one place short of qualifying as a team.
The Wildcat girls' golf team overcame some first-day jitters to cut 15 strokes off its score in the second round and move up two spots in the standings to finish seventh at the WIAA Girls State Golf Tournament in Madison last Monday and Tuesday. River Falls was making its first appearance at the state tournament since 2001. After finishing with a team total of 358 Monday, the golfers carded 343 Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 701.
The Wildcat girls' cross country team added to its dynasty Saturday afternoon, while the boys took a step towards starting one of its own. The Wildcat girls won their fourth straight Big Rivers Conference championship while the boys won their first at the BRC Meet in Chippewa Falls.
Following a three-day delay, the WIAA released its Division 1 and Division 2 football playoff brackets early Tuesday afternoon after a judge ruled that a suburban Milwaukee team has the right to play in the postseason. According to the tentative brackets, the Hudson Raiders will travel to Wisconsin Rapids Friday at 7 p.m. for a Division 1 playoff game.
Members of the Wildcat golf team are all smiles as they display their championship plaque after winning the WIAA Division 1 La Crosse Sectional at Forest Hills Golf Course last Wednesday. Pictured are, in front holding plaque, Kacey Simone and Mari Pechacek. In back from left are Manuela Riascos, Maddie Wagner, Katie Byron, Halle Hauer and coach Deb Meyer. Read all about it in Oct. 13 River Falls Journal.
A dispute between a suburban Milwaukee football team and the WIAA will leave the Hudson Raiders, and every other playoff team in the state, waiting until at least 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to find out where they will open the postseason next weekend. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Milwaukee County Court to determine the playoff eligibility of the Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
The Wildcat football team rallied behind a pair of seniors in its final game of the season. Tanner Kusilek scored three touchdowns and Ryan Kusilek passed for two touchdowns, ran for another and kicked a 39-yard field goal as the Wildcats took care of Superior, 44-22, Friday night at Ramer Field. Tanner Kusilek scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards and returned an interception 30 yards for another score to stake the Wildcats to a 21-16 second quarter lead.
Wildcat volleyball coach Sara McDonald said she can't wait for the postseason. McDonald has plenty of reasons to be optimistic after the Cats posted a comeback victory over Menomonie last Tuesday to ensure a better Big Rivers Conference record than last season. She was even more excited when her team placed second at the eight-team Altoona Invitational Saturday after finishing seventh at the same tournament a year ago. "It's good to see that we are peaking at the end of the season," McDonald said.