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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Former Wildcat Alex Call was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft Friday, June 10. Call, who was selected by the White Sox with the 86th overall pick, celebrated his selection on his twitter account: “Can't believe my dream has finally come true!!! So thankful and give all the glory to God!! Thanks to everyone for the support!”
Andrea Eliason, Sydney DeBroux and Leanna Becker scored one goal each to lift the Wildcat girls' soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Tomah in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, June 9, at Wildcat Field in River Falls. The victory puts the Cats into Saturday's sectional championship game against Pulaski at 4 p.m. at Griese Park in Marshfield. Saturday's winner advances to the WIAA State Tournament June 17-18 in Milwaukee.
Wildcat senior Ben Klimpke accomplished a lot in a 90-minute span of the two-day WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse last weekend. Klimpke was busy right from the start of Friday's 9:30 a.m. opening ceremonies, bouncing back and forth between the high jump and long jump, with the 110 meter high hurdle preliminaries squeezed in as well.
Senior Ben Klimpke just missed a spot on the awards podium while competing in three events to highlight River Falls' efforts on the first day of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday, June 3, in La Crosse. Klimpke was one of three high jumpers to clear 6-feet, 4-inches but ended up in seventh place, one spot away from medaling, based on number of attempts. Jack Herkert of Verona took first at 6-8.
Wildcat senior Ben Klimpke cleared 21-feet, 11.25-inches in the long jump Thursday, May 26, to break the River Falls High School record of 21-10.5 set by Randy Cudd in 1967. Klimpke's record-setting jump came at the WIAA Division 1 sectional in Wausau and earned him a sectional title and a berth in next weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Klimpke had tied Cudd's mark earlier this season.
UW-River Falls Director of Athletics Roger Ternes has announced he is resigning from his position effective Aug. 5.
The Hunt Arena scoreboard hangs over what used to be center ice but the rest of the arena is barely recognizable as the facility undergoes major renovations as part of UWRF's $63.5 million Falcon Center project. When completed this September, Hunt Arena will receive new top-loaded bleacher seating with a capacity of 1,400, expanded locker rooms and the concessions area and offices will be remodeled.
The UW-River Falls women's hockey team clinched a berth in the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the third straight year with a 4-1 victory over the University of St. Thomas Friday night at Hunt Arena. The third-ranked Falcons, 22-5-2, will face fifth-ranked Elmira (22-4-1) in one semifinal game this Friday, March 18, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Top-ranked and defending national champion Plattsburgh (27-1-0) will take on No. 4 Middlebury (21-4-3) in the other semifinal. The third place and championship games will be played Saturday in Plattsburgh.
The UW-River Falls women's basketball team lost to UW-Oshkosh, 65-64, in the WIAC Tournament championship game Saturday, but that won't stop it from hosting a regional round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The 11th-ranked Falcons came up short in their bid to sweep the WIAC regular season and tournament titles, but their 22-5 record earned them at at-large bid to the 64-team the NCAA Tournament and they will be one of four WIAC teams vying for a national title when the tournament regionals begin this Friday.
Local Comcast customers can watch the finals of the WIAA girls and boys stats hockey tournaments live this Saturday, March 5, from Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Comcast is partnering with WQOW-TV and the area local community acsess centers to bring coverage of the championship games to its Western Wisconsin customers.