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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For the second straight summer, and third time in the last four years, the River Falls Legion Post 121 team is in the Wisconsin American Legion AA State Tournament. River Falls earned a return trip to state by defeating Menomonie, 8-3, in the regional title game Sunday in Menomonie. They opened regional play with a 15-2 victory Friday over New Richmond and defeated Menomonie 4-3 on Saturday before beating Menomonie again in Sunday's title game. River Falls will open state tournament play in Tomah this Friday at 3 p.m. against Holmen.
The River Falls Fighting Fish can lock up their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League title with wins over the Menomonie Eagles and St. Croix Falls River Bandits this weekend at the River Falls High School field. The Fish lost to the Eagles, 3-2, on a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday in Menomonie.
History will be made Friday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course when the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame welcomes its inaugural class of inductees. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team split its final two games of the regular season last week, defeating Lakeville, Minn., 10-6 before falling to Eau Claire, 3-2, in 10 innings. Monday night, the Legion tuned up for this week's regional tournament by playing the River Falls Fighting Fish in the fourth annual "Battle of the Bats" exhibition game.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday, July 29, when the inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame Class is honored at the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
It's a good thing the River Falls Fighting Fish have a deep bench. Playing in stifling heat and humidity the afternoon of Sunday, July 17 at home against the Elmwood Expos, former Wildcat Marty Herum was the only Fish to last the entire game. Lucky for him, the Fish closed out the Expos 14-0 in seven innings to take over sole possession of first place in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. "Our guys did a great job battling the heat exhaustion today," Fish player-manager Josh Eidem said. "It's such an advantage to have such a deep bench.
The River Falls American Legion baseball team won six of seven games it played last week, with its only loss coming in the championship game of the Falls Classic Tournament Sunday afternoon. The locals swept a doubleheader from Menomonie last Tuesday and defeated New Richmond, 10-0 on Wednesday before going 3-1 at the Falls Classic, including a 4-0 no-hitter tossed by J.P.
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.