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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Halle Hauer paced River Falls with a 9-hole score of 39 and three Wildcats finished in the top five to lead the Cats to a first place finish at a 6-team Big Rivers Conference girls’ golf match at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 5. Hauer finished one stroke behind medalist Kaitlyn Alvarez of Eau Claire North while Rachael Meyer and Sydney Brunholzl tied for fourth place with scores of 42 each. The Cats finished with a team total of 166 while Eau Claire North was second with 172. In girls’ tennis action, Ayana Nguyen won her match at No.
The Wildcat girls’ tennis and soccer teams both had rough days Tuesday, Sept. 3, as the netters dropped a 7-0 decision to undefeated Eau Claire Memorial and the booters were blanked, 5-0, by Chippewa Falls. Eau Claire Memorial, the four-time defending Big Rivers Conference champions, swept the Wildcats in straight sets with the closest match coming at no.
The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, but Farmington (Minn.) held on for a 30-20 victory in River Falls’ home opener Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Linebacker Sebastian Larson hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 60-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed by just four, 10-6, at halftime.
Junior Annie Frisbie won the girls’ race and senior Trent Powell took first in the boys’ race as the Wildcats swept the top two spots at the annual River Falls Extreme Cross Country Invite Thursday on the campus of UW-River Falls. Fourteen girls’ teams and 13 boys’ teams took part in the meet, which included a run through the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. Powell led the Wildcat boys to a second place team finish while Frisbie and the Wildcat girls finished third in the team standings. Rochester Mayo won the boys’ team title while Franklin took first in the girls’ competition.
If depth and consistency are keys to a successful season, the Wildcat girls’ golf team is off to a great start. Three different Wildcats took turns posting the team’s low score as the Cats took first place in all three of their events last week, including the Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday at Badlands. The Cats opened the season by winning the ten-team Eau Claire Memorial Invitational last Monday, 14 strokes ahead of second place Eau Claire North behind Rachel Meyer’s third place score of 84. At New Richmond last Wednesday,
River Falls scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a close game and post a 26-13 victory over New Richmond in the 2013 high school football opener Friday night in New Richmond. Leading 14-13 with one quarter to play, Sam Lenzen returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats some breathing room and Jon Krueger iced the win with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:09 remaining. River Falls scored on its first possession of the game when Greg Matheson capped an 84-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring run.
There may be some new names and faces in the Wildcat football lineup this season, but head coach Jason Wolf said they all have one thing in common. “They’re very hungry,” he said. “This group has always been football first kids. They play multiple sports but they’re really a hard-working, football group.
Some numbers regarding the River Falls Fighting Fish’s Wisconsin Baseball Association state quarterfinal game against the Prescott Pirates last Friday night in Osceola: 1-Total number of runs scored by both teams. 6-Total number of hits by both teams. 17-Total number of strikeouts by both teams. 80-Total combined age of River Falls’ pitcher Tony Garner and catcher Joel Schaffer. The 43 year-old Garner, who the Fish picked u
The River Falls Fighting Fish won both their games at the Wisconsin Baseball Association regional playoffs in Rib Lake over the weekend to advance to the finals of the WBA State Tournament this weekend, Aug. 16-18, in Osceola. The Fish defeated the Jim Falls Sturgeons, 5-4, last Saturday and knocked off the La Crosse 35ers, 9-2, Sunday to earn a spot in the eight-team championship weekend. The Fish will take on St.
Eight individuals — five athletes, one local icon, one former coach and a former governor of the state, along with one of the most successful teams in school history, were welcomed into the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame Friday night at the third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. In addition to the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding the annual banquet, this year’s festivities also included the unveiling of a new Wildcat athletic logo by members of the River Falls High School Pep Club. Pep Club m