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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There were plenty of Wildcats on the awards podium at the River Falls Gymnastics Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the high school. For the first time the tournament was split into two divisions -- Gold and Silver. The Wildcat No. 1 team took first in the 8-team Gold Division with a team score of 140.3 while the Cats' No.
Wildcat boys basketball coach Greg Gaulke was much happier with his team's play last week. After two sluggish losses the week before, the Wildcats forced 18 turnovers in a come-from-behind 52-40 victory at Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Jan. 10, before giving Holmen all it could handle in a 51-50 overtime loss Friday night. "It was a good week; better than the week before," Gaulke said.
Wildcat boys' basketball coach Greg Gaulke didn't hide his disappointment with the Cats' 64-53 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson in the team's first game after the holiday break on Jan. 6. "We had good practices over the break and I thought we were prepared," he said. "But we didn't control the things we should control.
St. Croix Valley Fusion goaltender Kalli Armagost turns aside a shot in the first period of the Fusion's St. Croix Valley Fusion goaltender Kalli Armagost turns aside a shot in the first period of the Fusion's 4-3, overtime win at Hudson on Jan. 5. The Fusion won a pair of games last week to improve to 12-3-0 on the season. Read more about all the latest sports happenings in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Inductees into the inaugural class of the Wildcat Hall of Fame who were on hand for the unveiling of the new Hall of Fame display case Friday, Jan. 6, stand in front of their plaques in the high school commons at halftime of the boys' basketball game against Hudson. Kneeling are Grant Hanson and Pauly Cudd. Standing from left are Karyn Bye-Dietz, Kevin Black, Kirby Symes and Brenda (Johnson) Simone. The rest of the inaugural class included Duane Benedict, Steve Farley, Paul Wehking, Kate Peterson, Deb Timmerman, Ron Wunrow, Red Dawson and Roger Kuss. Bob Burrows photo
For the first time ever, Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls has opened for play in the month of January. Troy Hartman of River Falls jumped at the opportunity and hit his approach shot on the second hole from next to a snow bank while golfing with Hunter Bowman and Tanner Eggenberger Friday, Jan. 6. There were patches on snow around the course but the ground was dry enough to allow golfers and carts. Kilkarney Hills owner Pat O'Malley said the course hosted around 75 golfers the day after Thanksgiving and 80 more New Year's Eve and hopes to remain open until at least Tuesday, Jan.
Hours after the 14th-ranked UW-River Falls women's basketball team defeated 8th-ranked UW-Stevens Point, 67-63, Wednesday night at Karges Center, the unranked Falcon men followed suit by knocking off the 13th-ranked Pointer men, 73-70 to move into sole possession of first place in the WIAC. It's the first time in 21 years the Falcon men and women have beaten Stevens Point in the same season, never mind the same night. Tiffany Gregorich scored 17 points and Alise Holst added 15, all in the second half, to lift the UWRF women over Point in the first game of the doubleheader.
Wildcat freshman Karin Sollom springs over the vault in the Cats' gymnastics team's Big Rivers Conference dual opener against Menomonie last Tuesday at Meyer Middle School. Sollom earned a score of 8.55 to help the Wildcats to a 138.825 to 108.45 win over the Mustangs. Readers can find more about the opener and other sports news in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The third-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team tuned up for this week's Schwan's Cup in Blaine, Minn. by shutting out the New Richmond Tigers 7-0, at Wildcat Centre, the night of Thursday, Dec. 22. It was the fourth straight win for the Fusion, a cooperative team made up of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central, Glenwood City and Boyceville high schools, and upped their record to 8-2-0 heading into Schwan's Cup opener against the Bismarck (N.D.) Blizzard Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m.
People can get their first glimpse of what the new Community Baseball Ballpark will look like and salute the 2011 state champion American Legion and Fighting Fish baseball teams when the River Falls Baseball Council hosts the River Falls Baseball Bash Saturday night, Feb.