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 girls' tennis team had its two match win streak snapped by Hudson last Thursday before finishing seventh at the eight-team East Ridge Flighted Tournament in Woodbury, Minn. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Kayla Garcia posted a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles and Kayla Nguyen pulled out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles to account for the Wildcat scoring in last Thursday's 5-2 loss to Hudson. Head coach David Markson said the Cats had their chances at other positions but came up short in some close matches. At No.
River Falls scored on its first two possessions of the second half to cut a 13-point halftime deficit to 13-9, but Menomonie held off the Wildcats for a 26-15 victory in a battle of undefeated teams Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Colton Jones recovered a fumble on Menomonie's opening possession of the second half to set up a 35-yard field Alex Call field goal.
The River Falls' girls golf team advanced to the sectional round of WIAA tournament play with a second place finish at the New Richmond Regional Wednesday, Sept. 26. The WIAA Sectional tournament will be played Monday, Oct. 1, at the Stevens Point Country Club in Stevens Point. Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond won Wednesday's regional title on its home course with a team score of 344, while three-time big Rivers Conference champion River Falls was second with 356.
The Wildcat depth was on full display in the first home swim meet of the season Thursday, Sept.
Alex Call's 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining gave the River Falls Wildcats a 34-28 win over the Superior High School football team Friday night, Sept. 7, before more than 1,000 fans at Ole Haugsrud Field in Superior. Call's scramble around the right end put the finishing touches on a wild game that saw 35 points scored in the fourth quarter. River Falls led 20-7 when a Spartan touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter trimmed the lead to 20-14. The Wildcat got that touchdown back 1:24 later when Aaron Rodewald ran untouched up the middle from 24 yards out.
River Falls scored on its first three possessions of the game and added a defensive safety to take a 23-0 first quarter lead on its way to a 36-6 victory over Eau Claire North in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Friday night, Aug. 31, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season while Eau Claire North fell to 0-2. Alex Call hit Brad Freeborn for a 27-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 25-yard score to stake the Wildcats to an early 14-0 lead.
The Wildcat volleyball team got off to a good start in its season opening home quad, beating Somerset, New Richmond and Spring Valley, before going 4-4 at the 30-team Menomonie Sprawl over the weekend at UW-Stout. Head coach Sara McDonald believes 2012 will be an exciting season for Wildcat volleyball.
The Wildcat Cross Country team kicked off the season with their annual Extreme Meet last Thursday on the campus of UW-River Falls, and a soggy group of Cats turned in respectable times on the course that includes a trip through the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. Nineteen teams from across Wisconsin and Minnesota took part in the event, making this year the largest Extreme Meet in history.
The Wildcat football team scored on its first four possessions of the game on its way to a season opening 47-14 victory over the New Richmond Tigers Friday night, Aug, 24, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Cats took advantage of two Tiger turnovers while racing out to a 33-0 lead.
One thing the Wildcat football team will have plenty of this season is athleticism. The challenge may be keeping those athletes on the field. River Falls brings back a large number of returning starters from last year's squad that finished one game below .500 with a record of 4-5. But a drop in numbers will result in many of those athletes playing on both sides of the ball. The key, according to head coach Jason Wolf, will be keeping those players healthy. "We're very athletic this year and have a lot of experience," Wolf said.