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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Annie Frisbie, Karly Murphy and Annie Wagner combined to win five medals for the Wildcat girls’ track and field team at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, in La Crosse. Frisbie became the first River Falls girls ever to break the five minute mark in the 1600 meter run, breaking her own school record to take third place with a time of 4 minutes, 59.0 seconds.
Mason Woiwode ripped a two-run go-ahead double in the bottom of the sixth inning and James Witt closed the door on Eau Claire North in the seventh to lift the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over the Huskies and give them their first Big Rivers Conference baseball championship in school history. Eau Claire North manufactured an unearned run on a delayed double steal in the top of the sixth to snap a scoreless tie but the Cats’, who had just one hit up to then, put three runs on the board in the bottom of the inning on Woiwode’s bases-loaded two-run double and an RBI sacrifice fly from Joe Halling
John Uchytil and Ryan Reiter won two events each for Hudson and Karly Murphy was a double winner for River Falls as the Raider boys and Wildcat girls took home team titles at the 2015 Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday, May 19 in Rice Lake. Hudson’s Maddie Nelson also won two individual events and was part of two winning relay teams and freshman Kady Kochendorfer had a hand in three conference titles as the Raider girls finished fourth overall. Uchytil, who is heading to the University of Minnesota on a track scholarship in the fall, won his second straight BRC t
The River Falls High School girls soccer team will host a “Kickin’ Cancer” game against Menomonie Tuesday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at the high school’s Wildcat Field on Cemetery Road. Both the Wildcats and Mustangs will wear special “Kickin’ Cancer” jerseys and both teams will honor and remember loved ones who have lost or battled the disease.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team’s first appearance at the WIAA State Basketball Tournament ended in a 51-41 loss to Cedarburg in a Division 2 state semifinal game Saturday, March 13, in Green Bay. The Cats fought back from a 12-point first quarter deficit to tie the score just before halftime but could never take the lead. River Falls scored the first basket of the game but trailed 16-4 at the end of one. The Cats then went on a 14-2 run to tie the score, 18-18, on a jumper by Karly Murphy with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter. Cedarburg led 27-20 at halftime.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team received quite the send-off Thursday morning, March 12, before boarding the bus to Green Bay to compete in the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament. The team was the focus of a rally at the high school at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. The team buses then drove by Meyer Middle School and Greenwood Elementary School on their way out of town to the cheers of the school’s students and staff. River Falls (15-11) will face Cedarburg (23-2) in a Division 2 state semifinal game Friday, March 13, at 3:15 p.m.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team qualified for the WIAA State Tournament for the first time in school history by defeating Mosinee, 49-40, in the Section 1 championship game Saturday, March 7, in Marshfield. River Falls (15-11) will face Cedarburg (23-2) in a Division 2 state semifinal Friday, March 13, at approximately 3:15 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Waunakee (15-12) and Pius XI (26-0) meet in the other semifinal.
The Wildcat gymnastics team finished third at the WIAA State Team Gymnastics Championships Friday, March 6, in Wisconsin Rapids. Mount Horeb won the Division 2 state team title with a score of 141.6833 while Whitefish Bay took second with 140.95. River Falls was third in the 10-team competition with 138.1167, Nicolet was fourth with 135.1667 and Rice Lake/Cumberland took fifth with 134.7167. The Wildcats’ best score came in the floor exercise, where they posted a total of 35.65.
Karly Murphy scored 15 points and Hannah Brager and Breanna Weiss scored 11 each to lead the Wildcat girls’ basketball team to a 49-41 victory over Onalaska in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, March 5, in Menomonie. The Wildcats (14-11) will play Mosinee (18-7) in the Section 1 championships game Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. in Marshfield. The winner will advance to the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament March 13-14 in Green Bay. Thursday’s sectional semifinal was a back-and-forth affair that featured five lead changes in the third quarter alone.
David Palmer scored 12 points and Kyle Larson added 11 as the Wildcat boys’ basketball team overcame an eight-point first quarter deficit to roll to a 49-37 victory over Ashland in a WIAA regional quarterfinal game Tuesday, March 3, in River Falls. After allowing 14 points to Ashland in the first quarter while falling behind 14-6, the Wildcats held the Oredockers to 23 points the rest of the way.