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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This is what the River Falls Fighting Fish were hoping to see from their new catcher, Joel Schaffer, this season. The veteran town ball player, in his first year with the Fish, hit a pair of towering home runs over the weekend of May28-29 to help the Fish capture first place at the annual Plum City Memorial Day Tournament at Legion Park. Schaffer hit a walk-off three-run home run in Saturday's first game to give River Falls a 7-6 victory over the Prescott Pirates, and followed that up with a grand slam that gave the Fish the lead for good in their 13-10 victory over the Menomonie Eagles in t
The Wildcat girls' soccer team clinched at least a share of its second straight Big Rivers Conference championship with a 7-0 shutout over Menomonie Thursday at Wildcat Field. Two days earlier, the Cats knocked off previously unbeaten Eau Claire Memorial, 1-0, in Eau Claire. The two victories give River Falls a record of 10-0-1 in BRC play, 15-0-1 overall. It can win the BRC title outright with a victory Thursday at Rice Lake. Last Tuesday's win over Eau Claire Memorial avenged the only blemish on the Wildcats' record this season, a 1-1 tie with the Old Abes on April 21.
Eighteen Wildcat athletes moved one step closer to qualifying for next week's WIAA Track and Field Championships by finishing in the top four in their respective events at the River Falls Regional Monday at the high school. The Wildcat girls will be sending 10 athletes in seven events to Thursday's Wausau West Sectional while eight boys moved on in six events.
The Wildcat girls' soccer and baseball teams will open their respective WIAA regional tournaments at home next week while the softball team will play its opening round game at Hudson. Both the baseball and softball playoffs get underway on Tuesday, May 31, while soccer first round games are scheduled for Thursday, June 2. The Wildcat baseball team drew the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Menomonie at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the high school field. A win over Menomonie would send the Cats to the regional final Friday, June 3, at No. 4 Marshfield.
Hudson took first at the WIAA Division 1 golf regional on its home course Tuesday and River Falls finished second to earn the top two qualifying spots for next week's sectional tournament in Wausau. Hudson posted a team score of 320 at the 8-team regional while River Falls was three strokes behind with 323. Also qualifying for the May 31 sectional was third place Eau Claire North (333) and fourth place Superior (335) who earned the spot by beating Chippewa Falls in a playoff. Hudson's Luke Burbach and River Falls' Garrett Loomis tied for medalist honors with scores of 74.
Senior pitcher J.P. Feyereisen delivers a pitch to the plate in the first game of a doubleheader with Hudson Friday at Wildcat Field. Feyereisen struck out eight and allowed just four hits but the Cats came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision. Read more about the Wildcats in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
So far this season, the Wildcat girls' soccer team has allowed opponents to score a total of one goal in 14 games. The Cats ran their shutout streak to 10 straight last week with a pair of Big Rivers Conference victories followed by three nonconference wins at the Milwaukee Lutheran Tournament over the weekend. River Falls defeated Chippewa Falls 1-0 in overtime last Tuesday and blanked Hudson, 2-0, on Thursday to improve to 8-0-1 in BRC play.
After rainouts wiped out the River Falls Fighting Fish's first two attempts at a home opener, the team finally played in front of their local fans Sunday, May 15, and treated them to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Plum City Blues. Plum City scored a run in the top of the second, aided by a Fighting Fish error and a pair of walks, but starting pitcher Dan Morgan settled down and combined with three other Fish pitchers on a two-hit masterpiece while veteran first baseman Joe Paatalo drove in two of the Fighting Fish's three runs. The Fish, now 2-1 on the season, will host the St.
Three Wildcats finished in the top ten individually to lead the River Falls boys' golf team to a seven-stroke victory over Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Wednesday, May18, at Clifton Hollow Golf Course. River Falls posted a team score of 327 while Hudson took second with 334. Eau Claire North was third with 338 followed by Eau Claire Memorial with 344, Rice Lake with 346, and Chippewa Falls and Menomonie each with 347. Hudson's Luke Burbach took medalist honors with a round of 77 while River Falls' Blake Heiman was one of four players tied for second with 80.
With all the rich history associated with River Falls High School athletics, the names and accomplishments of those individuals and teams are remembered primarily through the stories and memories of its alumni and supporters. Until now. High school Pep Club advisors Ryan Bishop and Steve Trudeau have spearheaded an effort to establish a Wildcat Hall of Fame, with the inaugural class to be inducted this summer. The Wildcat Open, the 1st annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, July 29, at Kilkarney Hills, will conclude with the school's first hall of fame induction