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 second-ranked St. Croix Valley girls’ hockey team faced three other top-ten ranked teams last week and came away with two victories and one loss. The Fusion’s one setback was on their home ice at Wildcat Centre by a score of 3-2 to fourth-ranked Hayward last Tuesday, Jan. 5. They went on the road to beat the no. 9 Eau Claire Area Stars, 4-3, in overtime in their Big Rivers Conference opener Thursday night, Jan. 7, and defeated sixth-ranked Bay Area (Green Bay), 4-2, Saturday, Jan. 9, in Marshfield.
Senior Karly Murphy scored a career-high 47 points to lead the Wildcat girls basketball team to its first win of the season, 73-53, over Menomonie Thursday, Dec. 10, in Menomonie. Freshman Bailey Reardon contributed 13 points for River Falls while the rest of the Wildcats combined for 13, led by sophomore Elzbieta Nickowski with 8.
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In a game that featured seven ties and 12 lead changes, the Wildcat boys’ basketball team came up short to Fridley, 66-62, in its season opener Tuesday, Dec. 1 in River Falls. The Wildcats held a 30-28 lead at the break but Fridley led by as many as 15 in the second half before the Cats cut it to four at the end. Jacob Siroin led four River Falls players in scoring with 14 points. David Palmer had 13 and Charlie Byron scored 11 while Ben Klimpke came off the bench to contribute 10.
Sophomore Izzy Barr was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference First Team for the second consecutive season and junior Lucy Ley earned first team honors after being named to the second team a year ago to headline a group of four Wildcats named to All-BRC volleyball teams by the conference coaches. Senior Ali Slimak earned honorable mention for the second straight year while senior Brianna Connor received honorable mention for the first time. The four Wildcats’ honored is the most in the six-year tenure of head coach Sara Kealy. Barr was the top vote-getter to earn a spot on the first
Cedarburg scored with five minutes remaining in the second overtime session to defeat Rive Falls, 2-1, in a WIAA Division 2 State Tournament semifinal game Friday, Nov.
The Wildcat boys’ soccer team had its two biggest wins in program history last week, but is hoping its best soccer is still to come. The Cats claimed their first WIAA sectional championship with a pair of come-from-behind victories, beating Onalaska, 2-1, in the sectional semifinal game Thursday night in Onalaska before scoring four unanswered goals for a 4-2 victory over Pulaski in Saturday’s final in Wausau. Saturday’s win avenged a 2-1 loss to Pulaski in last year’s sectional final and sends the Cats (13-7-2) to the WIAA State Tournament for the first time in team history.
Hudson gained all but one of its 457 total yards on the ground and forced four River Falls turnovers to beat the Wildcats, 41-19, in the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug Friday night, Oct. 9, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field in River Falls. It’s the seventh straight win for the Raiders in the Little Brown Jug rivalry and gave Hudson its first win while the Wildcats dropped to 1-5 in Big Rivers Conference play, 1-7 overall. After a scoreless first quarter, River Falls took a 3-0 lead on a 30-yard field goal by Colten Larson 6:07 remaining in the first half.
Nate Glaubitz threw for 234 yards and five touchdowns and Conrad Daggett ran for 141 yards and two scores to lead the Wildcat football team to a 43-27 victory over the Huskies Friday night, Oct. 2, at Carson Park in Eau Claire. Matthew Wachtler was on the receiving end of three Glaubitz TD throws, the third from 5-yards out early in the fourth quarter to extend River Falls’ lead to 37-27 after North had pulled to within three.
River Falls High School senior Andrea Eliason unwraps the red rose earning her the title of 2015 Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Wildcat football team’s homecoming game against Superior last Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Eliason is flanked by king candidates Thomas Scott and Damien Overby. See more photos in the Oct. 1 print edition of the River Falls Journal.