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 Wildcat boys' soccer team put together a perfect 5-0 week that included a pair of Big Rivers Conference victories as well as a championship at the La Crosse Logan Quad. The Wildcats, now 8-5 overall, 4-3 in the BRC, will host Chippewa Falls this Thursday at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, they host Hudson, also at 5 p.m. for the Youth Day game hosted by the soccer booster club. Head coach Charles Conley said the Cats are playing well, but still have a tough road ahead of them. "The guys are playing better, but we'll see how the next two-and-a-half weeks turn out," he said.
All five Wildcats finished in the top ten to lead the River Falls girls' golf team to a 16-stroke victory at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament on a blustery day Wednesday at the Hudson Golf Course. The victory gave the Cats their second straight BRC championship. River Falls finished with a total team score of 359. Hudson, led by medalist and BRC Player of the Year Cassie Wurm, finished second with 375.
The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 in Big Rivers Conference dual meets with a 127-59 victory over Eau Claire North Sept. 13 at the high school pool. The Cats posted nine first place finishes, including all three relays, and took the top three spots in the 500 yard freestyle and diving to spur them to victory. "This marked the third meet in five days for half of the team, and everyone continued in their quest for improved times," head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.
Eau Claire Memorial scored two touchdowns in the opening 1:40 on its way to remaining undefeated with a 49-7 win over River Falls Friday night at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The Wildcats' lone touchdown came on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Kusilek to Brad Freeborn late in the first quarter that made the score 21-7. The touchdown capped a 62-yard Wildcat drive. The Old Abes led 37-7 at halftime and 42-7 at the end of the third quarter. The Wildcats lost Freeborn and running back Sam Lenzen to injury in the first half. Kusilek completed 11-of-27 passes for 124 yards in the loss.
After struggling in a 7-0 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson last Tuesday, the Wildcat girls' tennis team bounced back to win 16 of 20 matches at a doubles tournament at Eau Claire North on Saturday. The Cats dropped six of seven matches in straight sets to the Raiders last week. The only match to go three sets was Ayana Nguyen, at No.
Seventh-ranked Menomonie scored 38 points in the second quarter on their way to a 57-7 victory over River Falls Friday night at David Smith Stadium at River Falls. Menomonie led 44-0 at halftime and 50-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Three Wildcats finished in the top four to help the Cats stay undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play at a soggy BRC mini meet Thursday at the River Falls Golf Club. Mari Pechacek took second with a score of 42 and Kacey Simone and Halle Hauer tied for third with 43 each to lead the Cats to a first place score of 184, nine strokes better than second place Hudson. Hudson's Cassi Wurm earned medalist honors with a score of 37. "I think the top three, Mari, Kacey and Halle, did a nice job keeping their scores within their average," Wildcat coach Deb Meyer said.
Luke Schwitzer was still thinking about the teenagers in the canoes when the strike indicator on his fly line paused in the current. He had no idea there was a once-in-a-lifetime fish on the other end. Schwitzer had brought a few trout to his net on the lower Kinnickinnic River that Monday evening, Aug. 22. But the fishing had generally been slow, and the teenager-steered canoes that floated by him around 7:30 p.m. didn't help any. "That's when I figured I'd throw flies right below the froth of the dam," the St. Paul resident said.
Sam Lenzen ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Kusilek passed for one touchdown and kicked two field goals as the Wildcat football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 34-21 victory over Ellsworth Friday night at Ramer Field. Ellsworth opened the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown run by Dennis Schutz with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. River Falls tied the score when Lenzen barreled over from 5-yards out early in the second quarter. The Wildcats took a 14-7 lead on their next drive on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Kusilek to Aaron Rodewald.
After losing 10 of the team's top 12 players from a year ago to graduation, Wildcat girls' tennis coach Dave Markson said he didn't know what to expect going into this season. It's safe to say so far he's impressed. The Cats opened the season with a pair of wins at the Eau Claire Memorial and a first place finish at the Osceola Invitational before splitting a pair of matches at their own River Falls Triangular last Saturday. "I'm very pleased with the way the girls have performed so far," Markson said.