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 may be some new names and faces in the Wildcat football lineup this season, but head coach Jason Wolf said they all have one thing in common. “They’re very hungry,” he said. “This group has always been football first kids. They play multiple sports but they’re really a hard-working, football group.
Some numbers regarding the River Falls Fighting Fish’s Wisconsin Baseball Association state quarterfinal game against the Prescott Pirates last Friday night in Osceola: 1-Total number of runs scored by both teams. 6-Total number of hits by both teams. 17-Total number of strikeouts by both teams. 80-Total combined age of River Falls’ pitcher Tony Garner and catcher Joel Schaffer. The 43 year-old Garner, who the Fish picked u
The River Falls Fighting Fish won both their games at the Wisconsin Baseball Association regional playoffs in Rib Lake over the weekend to advance to the finals of the WBA State Tournament this weekend, Aug. 16-18, in Osceola. The Fish defeated the Jim Falls Sturgeons, 5-4, last Saturday and knocked off the La Crosse 35ers, 9-2, Sunday to earn a spot in the eight-team championship weekend. The Fish will take on St.
Eight individuals — five athletes, one local icon, one former coach and a former governor of the state, along with one of the most successful teams in school history, were welcomed into the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame Friday night at the third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. In addition to the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding the annual banquet, this year’s festivities also included the unveiling of a new Wildcat athletic logo by members of the River Falls High School Pep Club. Pep Club m
The River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball team will make its fifth straight appearance in the Wisconsin Baseball Association Regional Playoffs when they travel to Rib Lake to take on the Jim Falls Sturgeons in a first round game this Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon. The Fighting Fish, 2011 WBA state champs, drew the No. 2 seed in the four-team bracket after compiling a record of 11-4 in St. Croix Valley Baseball league play, 18-10 overall. Jim Falls, the No. 3 seed, finished tied for fourth in the Chippewa River Baseball League with a mark of 14-8.
Alex Call, who has been tearing up St. Croix Valley Baseball League pitching this summer after earning Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year honors with the Wildcats last spring, is making one more stop on the baseball ladder of success before heading to Ball State University later this month. The 2013 River Falls High School graduate joined the Eau Claire Express of the prestigious Northwoods League last week and made his debut with the team over the weekend.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team went 3-0 at last week's Menomonie Regional, including defeating New Richmond twice, to advance to the 2013 Wisconsin State American Legion Class AA State Tournament this weekend in Kewaunee County. River Falls will take a record of 20-11 into its first round state tourney game against Menasha (26-6) Friday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at Luxemberg-Casco High School field. Last week in Menomonie, the River Falls Post 121 team defeated New Richmond, 11-0, Menomonie, 5-4, and New Richmond again, 8-3, to earn a berth at state.
Former Wildcat all-state baseball player and two-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year Marty Herum of River Falls signed a pro contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, July 25. Herum reported to the Diamondbacks Arizona Rookie League team in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, July 26. Herum finished his sophomore season at UW-Whitewater this past spring, where he batted .413 in 42 games with seven hom
Fans who can’t make it to the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball games this Saturday and Sunday can watch the games live here on the River Falls Journal website. The Fighting Fish will host the Hudson River Rats this Saturday, July 20, and the Bay City Bombers Sunday, July 21, with both games at 1 p.m. at the high school field.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team had its four game winning streak snapped when it dropped the second game of a doubleheader at Altoona Monday night, 2-1. The Legion took the first game 3-1 for their fourth win in a row. Last week, they defeated Menomonie, 13-3, Monday; Hudson, 14-4 on Tuesday; and Chippewa Falls, 5-4, Wednesday night.