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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A pair of Wildcat juniors were honored by the Big Rivers Conference volleyball coaches for their play this season by being named to the 2012 All-BRC Second Team. Middle hitter Amanda Rohl and setter Izzy Shafer were both named to the eight-player squad by the conference coaches. Wildcat head coach Sara McDonald said she was pleased to have two River Falls' players named to the team. "I have said all season that we are a better team than our record indicates," McDonald said.
Seniors Tanner Heinselman and Zach Ambur lead a contingent of six Wildcats named to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys' Soccer teams. Heinselman, a midfielder, and Ambur, a defender were both named to the All-BRC first team for the second straight season. Junior defender Robbie Waldon was named to the second team while junior defender Evan Schumacher, senior forward Griffin Lacek and senior midfielder Martin Walker all received honorable mention.
Over the last 13 years, the Wildcat gymnastics team has solidified its position as one of the most successful high school teams in the state, in any sport. Eleven straight trips to the WIAA State Tournament, five state championships, four state runner-up finishes, nine Big Rivers Conference titles, the list goes on and on. But when the 2012-13 team meets for the first day of practice Monday, Nov.
The Wildcat volleyball team made the long trip to Rhinelander for a WIAA regional semifinal the night of Oct. 18, only to have its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss. The 12th-seeded Cats pushed No.
River Falls' sophomore Anne Frisbie placed 9th with a time of 14 minute, 38.6 seconds in the 4,000 meter Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Wildcat junior Trent Powell finished 25th in the 5,000 meter boys' race. A total of 190 runners competed in each race. Hudson senior Ryan Kromer won the Division 1 boys' individual state title with a time of 15:27.17, over ten second faster than second place McKena Roma of Sheboygan South.
UW-River Falls' head coach Matt Walker congratulates safety Alex Adam after the junior's third interception of the game put the finishing touches on the Falcons' 26-15 victory over UW-Stevens Point Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The win snapped a 14-game home losing streak for the Falcons. Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal.
No Big Rivers Conference cross country team, including River Falls, had beaten the Eau Claire Memorial boys this season. And the Wildcats had not finished ahead of Hudson all season long either. So when the Wildcat boys won their second straight BRC title Saturday, Oct. 13 in Eau Claire, even their coach, Pat Lorentz, was surprised. "I had told the men's team going into conference that we were probably looking at third place; if we ran very, very well, maybe second," Lorentz said.
Rice Lake scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to beat River Falls, 46-35, and spoil the Wildcats' opportunity to make the playoffs in the final game of the regular season Friday night, Oct. 12, in Rice Lake. The Wildcats led 21-20 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Alex Call and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Call to Brad Freeborn. Rice Lake scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and extended its lead to 39-21 with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcat volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Hudson Oct. 4 to tie the score before losing the fifth and deciding game, 10-15. The Cats dropped the first two games, 20-25 and 17-25, before storming back to take game three, 25-19, and tying the score with a 25-13 win, only to fall in the end. "I feel like a broken record when it comes to the fifth game," head coach Sara McDonald said. "We have the talent needed to win matches, and we compete so hard only to not finish. I can't fault my girls' effort or desire to win.
Second-seeded Hudson breezed to a 10-0 victory over No. 15 Superior while No. 4 River Falls needed a shootout to earn a victory over No. 13 Wausau West in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal action Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Wildcats had to come from behind to force a 1-1 tie with Wausau West before winning the shootout, 5-3. Both the Raiders and Wildcats will host regional final games this Thursday, Oct. 11. Hudson will take on tenth-seeded Menomonie, a 1-0 winner over No. 7 New Richmond Tuesday, while River Falls will face No. 12 seed Eau Claire North, who advanced with a 3-0 victory over No.