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 High School Wildcat Hall of Fame will honor seven individuals and a legendary basketball team during a ceremony this Saturday. Oct. 8, at the high school.
The UW-River Falls volleyball team will plays its Cancer Awareness match on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when it hosts the College of St. Scholastica at 7 p.m. at Karges Center.
Superior turned two straight River Falls turnovers into 14 points to break open a close game and pull away for a 41-26 Big Rivers Conference football victory over the Wildcats Friday, Sept. 30, in Superior. Bailey Ronnestrand returned from injury and rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, the first from six yards out to pull the Cats to within 7-6 with 4:32 left in the first quarter. Superior got a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the quarter to take a 10-6 lead.
River Falls led 13-12 late in the second quarter before Chippewa Falls scored four unanswered touchdowns to defeat the Wildcats, 40-21, Friday night, Sept. 23, in Chippewa Falls. The Cats trailed 12-0 before scoring Logan Graetz hit Matthew Wachtler for an 83-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, then found older brother Mason Graetz for a 65-yard score to put River Falls up 13-12 with 4 minutes left in the second quarter.
The Wildcat girls' tennis team picked up its second win in as many days with a 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the high school courts. One day after beating Osceola, 6-1, the Cats won three of four singles matches and two of three in doubles to down the Cardinals.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team didn't let a season-opening loss to Hudson earlier in the week affect them in their dual meet against South St. Paul Saturday, Sept. 10. River Falls took first place in every event, including sweeping the top three sports in diving, to defeat South St. Paul, 101-75.
The Wildcat volleyball team kicked off the new school year in style by defeating Hudson in four sets in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams last Thursday, Sept. 1, in River Falls.
River Falls had a quick answer after Menomonie scored on the opening possession of the game Friday night, but the Mustangs had more answers in the end in their 50-21 win over the Wildcats in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Menomonie took just two plays to take a 7-0 lead 41 seconds into the game before the Wildcats scored three plays later on 51-yard pass play from Joey Davis to Mason Graetz.
Logan Graetz and Joey Davis each threw for one touchdown and Bailey Ronnestrand ran for 121 yards and a score to lead the Wildcat football team to a 21-14 victory over Merrill in week 2 of the high school football season Friday night in Merrill. All the game's scoring came in the first half, beginning with Logan Graetz finding older brother Mason for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:30 remaining in the first quarter.
New Richmond scored two touchdowns in a span of 1 minute, 20 seconds early in the game and never looked back on its way to defeating host River Falls, 42-14, in the high school football opener for both teams Friday night, Aug. 19, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.