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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Three Wildcats finished in the top ten individually to lead the River Falls boys' golf team to a seven-stroke victory over Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Wednesday, May18, at Clifton Hollow Golf Course. River Falls posted a team score of 327 while Hudson took second with 334. Eau Claire North was third with 338 followed by Eau Claire Memorial with 344, Rice Lake with 346, and Chippewa Falls and Menomonie each with 347. Hudson's Luke Burbach took medalist honors with a round of 77 while River Falls' Blake Heiman was one of four players tied for second with 80.
With all the rich history associated with River Falls High School athletics, the names and accomplishments of those individuals and teams are remembered primarily through the stories and memories of its alumni and supporters. Until now. High school Pep Club advisors Ryan Bishop and Steve Trudeau have spearheaded an effort to establish a Wildcat Hall of Fame, with the inaugural class to be inducted this summer. The Wildcat Open, the 1st annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, July 29, at Kilkarney Hills, will conclude with the school's first hall of fame induction
Wildcat senior Sarah Vitale goes up high to use her head to redirect a crossing pass towards the net in the Cats' 3-0 win over Eau Claire North Thursday at Wildcat Field. Vitale scored two goals to help the Cats stay undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play. Read more about the Wildcats and other sports in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
River Falls' Abby James beats the tag of the Menomonie catcher to tie the score 3-3 in the fifth inning of a doubleheader against the Indians Thursday at the high school field. Menomonie went on to score four runs in the top of the sixth to win the game, 7-3. They also took the nightcap in extra innings by a score of 10-9. Five days after winning its first Big Rivers Conference game in two years, the Wildcat softball team made it two in a row by defeating Eau Claire Memorial, 10-3, in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday in Eau Claire. The Old Abes went on to win the nightcap, 10-6.
Wildcat freshman pitcher Casey Ahlborn delivers a pitch to the plate in the first game of a doubleheader against Hudson last Thursday at the high school field. Ahlborn was hit in the forehead by a line drive in her first start of the season April 7 and recently returned to the mound wearing a protective facemask. Read more about the Wildcats in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Even the nice days have turned nasty this spring. Early last Friday it was sunny and approaching 60 degrees. But by the time the Wildcat track and field teams kicked off their annual River Falls Invitation later in the day the weather had resorted back to cold, windy and gloomy. The Cats made the best of it however, and despite the weather and a less-than-complete lineup, both the girls and boys teams finished fourth at the eight-team competition. "The weather is brutal," girls' coach Kristi Wagner said.
The Wildcat girls' soccer team continued to roll right along in its last two games, outscoring its opponents 12-0 to improve to 6-0-1 with wins over New Richmond and Menomonie. The Cats beat the Tigers 6-0 last Thursday in New Richmond and handed the Indians a 6-0 defeat Monday in Menomonie. River Falls has outscored its opposition 30-1 while recording six shutouts in seven games. The Cats, now 4-0-1 and in first place in the Big Rivers Conference, visited Chippewa Falls (7-3-0, 3-2-0) this past Tuesday night and will host Eau Claire North (4-4-0, 1-3-0) Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m.
The UW-River Falls softball team clinched the WIAC regular season championship by sweeping UW-Oshkosh Tuesday and will host the WIAC Championships Tournament this weekend at Ramer Field The top-seeded Falcons will face No. 6 seed Oshkosh in the double-elimination tournament's opening game Friday at 10 a.m. Second-seeded UW-La Crosse will take on No. 5 UW-Superior at noon before No. 3 UW-Whitewater and No.
The Wildcat softball team bounced back from a 10-5 defeat in the opening game of a doubleheader to hand Hudson its first loss of the season, 4-2, in the nightcap Thursday, April 28, at the high school field. Freshman pitcher Bailey Ullom held the Raiders to just five hits to lead the Wildcats to their first Big Rivers Conference win in two years. The split leaves the Cats with an overall record of 3-4 (1-3 in the BRC) heading into doubleheaders this week at Eau Claire Memorial (3-5, 1-1) Tuesday, May 2, and home against Menomonie (3-4, 1-3) Thursday, May 5.
The Wildcat baseball team hit the ball hard in its doubleheader with Chippewa Falls Thursday. Unfortunately, most of those hard-hit balls were right at people. River Falls' pitchers did their job as well, limiting the state's eighth-ranked Division One team to just nine hits and four runs all day. But despite the efforts of the Wildcats, the Cardinals posted a pair of 2-0 victories. "These were two very good games between two evenly matched teams," Wildcat coach Ryan Bishop said. "I was very proud of our effort in most aspects of today's games.