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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Nick Carstens of the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, left, presents Cory Stewart of River Falls with the first place toilet seat trophy after Stewart beat out four other competitors to win the River Falls Days Bean Burrito Eating Contest Thursday evening in the First National Bank Parking lot. Stewart, the 2010 contest runner-up, polished off 15 bean burritos in a little more than three minutes to top a field of five that included 2010 champion Brady Hannigan.
The River Falls and Hudson American Legion baseball teams gave fans plenty to cheer about in a close game at Veterans Night at the Ballpark Tuesday, June 28, at the River Falls High School field. Neither team committed an error as River Falls took a slim 1-0 lead into the fifth inning before Nate Soley drove in a pair of runs to provide some breathing room in a 3-0 win. J.P. Feyereisen struck out eight in six innings of work on the mound and Isaac Witt pitched a one-two-three seventh to preserve the shutout.
After playing just two of seven scheduled games to start the season, the River Falls American Legion baseball team showed no signs of rust as it played four games in three days at the Mankato, Minn., Tournament over the weekend. River Falls went 4-0 at the tournament , including a 6-5 extra-inning win over Litchfield in Sunday's title game to bring home the tourney championship. "It was a very fun weekend for our team," coach Ryan Bishop said. "Not only did we win the tournament, but we had to come from behind to win three of our four games.
One day after hosting a clinic for local youth players, the River Falls Fighting Fish baseball team put on a clinic of its own in a 20-0 victory over the New Richmond Millers. Fighting Fish players worked with about 20 kids the morning of Saturday, June 25 at the high school field before going out and beating the Ellsworth Hubbers, 4-2, that afternoon. Sunday, the team came up an extra-point short of a three touchdown victory over New Richmond to remain undefeated in St.
The success of the Wildcat girls' soccer team this season is on full display with the release of the 2011 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Nine Wildcats were honored by the conference coaches, including five players named to the All-BRC First Team, after the Cats put together an undefeated conference record (11-0-1) and earned their first-ever trip to the WIAA State Tournament. Seniors Sarah Vitale and Taylor Kizlik, and juniors Bailey LaPoint, Sierra Becker and Paige Meyer were all named to the All-BRC First Team, seniors Tara Frey and Sandra Meyer and junior Jenna Kizlik were named to the
The Wildcat girls' soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Kimberly in double overtime Thursday afternoon in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Sandra Meyer scored the River Falls' goal at 66:27 to tie the score, 1-1, and after one scoreless ten-minute overtime session, Kimberly's Marlee Buss scored with 1:35 remaining in the second overtime to give the Papermakers the victory. River Falls outshot Kimberly, 12-11, but had just two shots on goal compared to four for the Papermakers.
The River Falls Fighting Fish stayed perfect in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with a 4-3, extra-inning win on the road at Osceola last Wednesday night before improving to 8-3 overall with a 6-4 nonleague victory over the Eau Claire Bears Saturday. The Fish hit the road for five straight games, beginning with a SCVBL contest at Menomonie Wednesday, June 15, before returning home to host the Ellsworth Hubbers on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m.
The first class of the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame has been announced and will be inducted at the 1st annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Golf Tournament July 29 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. Fourteen members of the inaugural class will be inducted in categories including Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy. The inaugural class of athletes include Duane Benedict (Class of 1965), Paul Cudd (Class of 1971), Steve Farley (Class of 1977), Paul Wehking (Class of 1983), Brenda Simone (Class of 1986), Kate Peterson (Class of 1987), Karyn Bye Dietz (Class of 1989) and Kevin Bla
The Wildcat girls' soccer team earned its first-ever trip to the WIAA State Tournament with a 3-0 victory over D.C. Everest in the sectional final game Saturday afternoon in Wausau. The Cats will open state tourney play against Kimberly in a quarterfinal game at noon Thursday, June 16, at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee. A sendoff for the team is being planned for Wednesday. Details will be posted when they are finalized. In Saturday's sectional final against in Wausau, senior Sarah Vitale scored all three Wildcats goals in their 3-0 victory over D.C. Everest.
The Wildcat baseball team was one strike away from a regional championship last Friday in Marshfield, but the host Tigers clawed their way for a 6-5 walk-off win to end the Wildcats' season with a record of 14-10. River Falls led 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a Marshfield runner at first and two strikes on the Tiger batter.