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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Two weeks ago, River Falls High School Pep Club advisors Ryan Bishop and Steve Trudeau were worried about how many people would show up at the first Wildcat Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet Friday. Turns out they had nothing to worry about. Two hundred eighty people packed the Great Banquet Hall at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club for the dinner and ceremony after 88 had participated in the first Wildcat Golf Open during the day.
The inaugural class of the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame was inducted Friday night at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. The recipients included, front row from left, Kevin Black, Kate Peterson-Abiad, Ron Wunrow's wife Roberta Wunrow, Red Dawson's daughter Adrienne Dawson and DeWayne Benedict. In back are Paul Wehking, Grant Hanson, Steve Farley, Brenda (Johnson) Simone, Deb Timmerman, Kirby Symes, Pauly Cudd and Roger Kuss' son, Kevin.
The River Falls Post 121 baseball team defeated top-ranked Beaver Dam 8-7 Tuesday night to win its first ever Wisconsin American Legion state baseball title. After falling behind 2-0 after one inning of play, River Falls scored six runs in the top of the second and never trailed, turning an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the 8-7 win. Colin Pechacek doubled in a pair of runs and J.P.
For the second straight summer, and third time in the last four years, the River Falls Legion Post 121 team is in the Wisconsin American Legion AA State Tournament. River Falls earned a return trip to state by defeating Menomonie, 8-3, in the regional title game Sunday in Menomonie. They opened regional play with a 15-2 victory Friday over New Richmond and defeated Menomonie 4-3 on Saturday before beating Menomonie again in Sunday's title game. River Falls will open state tournament play in Tomah this Friday at 3 p.m. against Holmen.
The River Falls Fighting Fish can lock up their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League title with wins over the Menomonie Eagles and St. Croix Falls River Bandits this weekend at the River Falls High School field. The Fish lost to the Eagles, 3-2, on a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday in Menomonie.
History will be made Friday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course when the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame welcomes its inaugural class of inductees. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team split its final two games of the regular season last week, defeating Lakeville, Minn., 10-6 before falling to Eau Claire, 3-2, in 10 innings. Monday night, the Legion tuned up for this week's regional tournament by playing the River Falls Fighting Fish in the fourth annual "Battle of the Bats" exhibition game.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday, July 29, when the inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame Class is honored at the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
It's a good thing the River Falls Fighting Fish have a deep bench. Playing in stifling heat and humidity the afternoon of Sunday, July 17 at home against the Elmwood Expos, former Wildcat Marty Herum was the only Fish to last the entire game. Lucky for him, the Fish closed out the Expos 14-0 in seven innings to take over sole possession of first place in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. "Our guys did a great job battling the heat exhaustion today," Fish player-manager Josh Eidem said. "It's such an advantage to have such a deep bench.
The River Falls American Legion baseball team won six of seven games it played last week, with its only loss coming in the championship game of the Falls Classic Tournament Sunday afternoon. The locals swept a doubleheader from Menomonie last Tuesday and defeated New Richmond, 10-0 on Wednesday before going 3-1 at the Falls Classic, including a 4-0 no-hitter tossed by J.P.