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 Wildcat Hall of Fame will welcome its Class of 2018 when seven individuals and the 1976 baseball team will be inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday night, Sept. 22, at the high school. Athletes John Page, Russ Brown, Doug Branigan and Jennifer Keenan will join the hall along with coach Tom Linehan. Gerald "Bud' Manion will be honored as the Legacy inductee while Ed Cina will enter the hall as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen.
For the second straight week the UW-River Falls football team dug a hole it couldn't get out of, falling to Missouri Baptist, 38-28, on a sweltering afternoon at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Saturday, Sept. 15. Missouri Baptist raced out to a 24-7 second quarter lead before the Falcons pulled to within three, 31-28, with a touchdown and two-point conversion on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Two matches in two days against two teams that went to the WIAA State Tournament a year ago. That's what the Wildcats girls' tennis team faced against Division 2 state qualifier Amery Monday, Sept. 1, and D1 state qualifier and 9-time defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Sept. 11. While the results were a 6-1 loss to the Warriors and a 7-0 loss to Eau Claire Memorial, River Falls coach Chad Forde said both matches were good learning experiences for the young Wildcats.
Maybe a 9-0 loss to Eau Claire Memorial wasn't such a bad thing. Less than a week after their lopsided loss to the defending Big Rivers Conference champions, the Wildcat boys' soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 3-3 BRC tie at Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 13, before defeating New Richmond, 5-3, in a match with sectional seeding implications Friday, Sept. 14, at home. Head coach Marcos Rodriguez said the Sept. 7 loss to the Old Abes may have been just what the Wildcats needed.
River Falls volleyball coach Sara Kealy wanted to schedule some tougher competition for the Wildcats this season. They found it at the Mizuno-Charger Rally over the weekend. In what Kealy described as a "mini-state tournament in September," the fifth-ranked Wildcats advanced all the way to the championship match before falling to No. 2 Arrowhead Saturday, Sept. 15, in Milwaukee. Kealy said the tournament was a great experience for the Wildcats.
Koehler lifts booters to win Junior forward Maggie Koehler of Hudson scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 90th minute, to lift the UW-River Falls women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Northland College Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Ramer Field. Koehler scored her first goal of the match three minutes in before Camryn Altnau found the back of the net to give UWRF a 2-0 halftime lead.
It wasn't an ideal day for a cross country race, but the Wildcats didn't seem to mind. Despite temperatures in the high 80s and soaring dew points, the Wildcat boys finished second out of 12 teams and the girls placed fourth out of 10 teams in the Division 1 Small School varsity competition at the Smiley Invitational in Wausau Saturday, Sept. 15. Four boys and three girls earned spots on the awards podium with top 20 finishes in their respective races. Head coach Kari DeLuca said the Wildcats didn't let the weather conditions drag them down.
How do you beat a team that was averaging 44 points through its first four games? You score 61. That’s what the River Falls football team did Friday night, Sept. 14, at Rice Lake, outgunning the Warriors 61-44 to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season.
River Falls High School students who earned academic letters during the 2017-18 school year were gathered in front of the school for a picture Thursday, Sept. 13.
Balance has been a key to the Wildcat girls’ golf team this season. And that balance was on full display in the final week of the regular season as the Cats’ won three more conference matches to complete a clean sweep of BRC opponents. River Falls fired a 190 on its home course Monday, Sept. 10, 185 Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Mill Run in Eau Claire, and 182 Thursday, Sept. 13 at Lake Wissota to finish the regular season unbeaten on conference play.