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 the River Falls track and field teams can continue the success they had during their indoor season, there's no telling what they will be capable of once they move outside. The Wildcat girls set two more school records on their way to a second place finish while the boys won the team title at the 20-team UW-Stout Elite Meet Friday, April 6, at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. It's the second team championship in three indoor meets for the Wildcat boys while the two teams have combined to break five indoor records.
River Falls High School cheer and stunt team tryouts for students entering grades 9-12 in the 2018-19 school year will take place over three days April 16-18. Tryouts are for next year's football and competition cheer teams. Tryout practices will be Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. each night in the high school auxiliary gym with tryouts Wednesday, April 18, from 4-6 p.m. in the high school dance studio. A parent and team member meeting, and uniform fitting, will be Monday, April 23, from 7-8 p.m. in the high school library.
The fifth annual River Falls High School Boys Basketball Alumni Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 at the high school. This year's tournament features the largest turnout to date, with over 50 alumni representing 16 of the last 18 graduating classes, registered to play. The tournament kicks off with two games Friday night beginning with the 2008-09 alumni facing the 2003-07 alumni at 7 p.m. and the 2001-02 team playing the 2013-14 team at 8 p.m.
The River Falls Gymnastics Club has come a long way in 30 years. What started as a program with around 100 kids at the Old Ames Education Center at UW-River Falls in 1979 has grown to a volunteer, board-driven non-profit serving over 1,000 gymnasts annually. Now, after operating out of at least five different locations since 2001, the club is looking forward to finally moving into a building it can call its own.
The River Falls softball team may be young this year, but that doesn't mean opponents should take them lightly. The Wildcats graduated seven seniors from last year's squad, including all-conference pitcher/outfielder Rachel Wakefield and infielder Sophie Lee, both now members of the UW-Stevens Point softball team. The bulk of this year's roster is made up of sophomores, but head coach Jess Olson said that doesn't mean they should be overlooked.
Not many teams have eight all-conference players in one season. And even fewer get seven of those players back the next year. But that's the situation for the Wildcat girls soccer team, who finished third in the eight-team Big Rivers Conference and won its fourth straight Division 2 regional title a year ago. The Wildcats lost just two seniors from last year's squad, and head coach Charles Conley said the returners, along with a talented crop of freshman, have the Cats aiming high this season.
The UWRF men's basketball program will host a series of camps for boys elementary and high school players this summer. The Fundamental Youth Day Camp will be held June 11-14. Session 1 is for players entering grades 3-4 in Fall, 2018 and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and Session 2, for players entering grades 5-6, will be from 1-4 p.m.
Softball splits at St. Mary's Kaia Dorn homered and doubled in the first game and the Falcons scored 10 runs to back Payton Speckel's seventh win of the season, Ali Krohn singled in two runs and scored but that was all the scoring UWRF could muster in the nightcap as the Falcons split a doubleheader with St. Mary's Thursday, March 29, in Winona. The games were originally scheduled to be played at UWRF's Ramer Field but were moved to Winona due to unplayable field conditions.
The Wildcat track and field teams continued their strong indoor seasons with the boys taking second place and the girls placing fourth at the 20-plus team Minnesota State University-Mankato Varsity Showcase Saturday, March 31, in Mankato.
The River Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a Run, Rock and Glow 5K Run Saturday, April 21, at the high school. Registration begins at 7 p.m. with the Kids Fun Run around 7:30 p.m. amd 5K starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the RFHS FBLA club and other community charities. To register for the events, go to AndersonRaces.com. For more information, contact Olivia Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org .