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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Wildcat girls' swim coach Lynn Huiskamp wasn't disappointed with the Wildcats' first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season Thursday, especially when the Cats traveled to St. Paul two days later and took third place at the Simley Invitational. "This meet, despite the loss, was a very affirming and upbeat meet for our team," Huiskamp said after the Cats' 111-75 loss to the Raiders. "We knew Hudson had gained significant speed in their team this season and were mentally well prepared to greet them.
Hudson scored on its first two possessions of the game and went on to spoil River Falls' homecoming by shutting out the Wildcats 28-0 Friday night at Ramer Field. The Raiders compiled 416 yards of total offense compared to 167 for the Wildcats to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hudson improved to 3-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, 4-3 overall while River Falls dropped to 0-5 in conference play, 2-5 overall. After a River Falls punt on the opening possession, Hudson scored on its first possession of the game when quarterback Luke Miller hit Tucker Malecha with a 16-yard touchdown pass. The W
Four Wildcats finished in the top eight to lead the Cats to a five stroke victory at the WIAA Division 1 Golf Regional at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Wednesday. River Falls won the regional title with a team score of 341. New Richmond was second with 346 followed by Hudson with 374 and Rice Lake with 387. All four teams move on to the WIAA Sectional next Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. Senior Mari Pechacek led the Cats by tying for second place with a score of 83.
River Falls led three times in the first half and trailed by just two points, 21-19, at halftime, but Chippewa Falls scored four straight touchdowns in the second half on their way to a 49-26 victory over the Wildcats Friday night at Ramer Field. The Wildcats scored on their opening possession of the game when Tanner Kusilek capped a 68-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcat girls tennis team won two of three matches at the New Richmond Triangular Saturday to finish in a three-way tie for first place. The Cats avenged a 6-1 loss to the host Tigers earlier this season with a 4-3 victory over the host team in their opening match before sweeping Rice Lake, 7-0. In the final match, Altoona pulled out a 4-3 victory over River Falls. All three teams finished 2-1 on the day, although the Wildcats had more total wins by virtue of their 7-0 victory over Rice Lake. "It was a great day for the girls, all told," coach David Markson said.
Four-year-old Parker Bruesewitz appears to be enjoying his ride during the mutton busting contest at Saturday afternoon's performance of the 47th annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo at UW-River Falls Lab Farm No. 1. competitors from 14 collegiate rodeo clubs competing in the Great Plains Region of the NIRA took part in three performances last Friday and Saturday. The rodeo is the oldest and only collegiate rodeo held east of the Mississippi and is sponsored by the UW-RF Rodeo Club.
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.