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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Over the last 13 years, the Wildcat gymnastics team has solidified its position as one of the most successful high school teams in the state, in any sport. Eleven straight trips to the WIAA State Tournament, five state championships, four state runner-up finishes, nine Big Rivers Conference titles, the list goes on and on. But when the 2012-13 team meets for the first day of practice Monday, Nov.
The Wildcat volleyball team made the long trip to Rhinelander for a WIAA regional semifinal the night of Oct. 18, only to have its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss. The 12th-seeded Cats pushed No.
River Falls' sophomore Anne Frisbie placed 9th with a time of 14 minute, 38.6 seconds in the 4,000 meter Division 1 girls' race at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Wildcat junior Trent Powell finished 25th in the 5,000 meter boys' race. A total of 190 runners competed in each race. Hudson senior Ryan Kromer won the Division 1 boys' individual state title with a time of 15:27.17, over ten second faster than second place McKena Roma of Sheboygan South.
UW-River Falls' head coach Matt Walker congratulates safety Alex Adam after the junior's third interception of the game put the finishing touches on the Falcons' 26-15 victory over UW-Stevens Point Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The win snapped a 14-game home losing streak for the Falcons. Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal.
No Big Rivers Conference cross country team, including River Falls, had beaten the Eau Claire Memorial boys this season. And the Wildcats had not finished ahead of Hudson all season long either. So when the Wildcat boys won their second straight BRC title Saturday, Oct. 13 in Eau Claire, even their coach, Pat Lorentz, was surprised. "I had told the men's team going into conference that we were probably looking at third place; if we ran very, very well, maybe second," Lorentz said.
Rice Lake scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to beat River Falls, 46-35, and spoil the Wildcats' opportunity to make the playoffs in the final game of the regular season Friday night, Oct. 12, in Rice Lake. The Wildcats led 21-20 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Alex Call and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Call to Brad Freeborn. Rice Lake scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and extended its lead to 39-21 with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcat volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Hudson Oct. 4 to tie the score before losing the fifth and deciding game, 10-15. The Cats dropped the first two games, 20-25 and 17-25, before storming back to take game three, 25-19, and tying the score with a 25-13 win, only to fall in the end. "I feel like a broken record when it comes to the fifth game," head coach Sara McDonald said. "We have the talent needed to win matches, and we compete so hard only to not finish. I can't fault my girls' effort or desire to win.
Second-seeded Hudson breezed to a 10-0 victory over No. 15 Superior while No. 4 River Falls needed a shootout to earn a victory over No. 13 Wausau West in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal action Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Wildcats had to come from behind to force a 1-1 tie with Wausau West before winning the shootout, 5-3. Both the Raiders and Wildcats will host regional final games this Thursday, Oct. 11. Hudson will take on tenth-seeded Menomonie, a 1-0 winner over No. 7 New Richmond Tuesday, while River Falls will face No. 12 seed Eau Claire North, who advanced with a 3-0 victory over No.
The Hudson High School football team retained possession of the Little Brown Jug for the third straight year and improved to 7-0 in the process by defeating River Falls, 42-7, Friday night, Oct. 5, at Newton Field. Hudson, ranked No. 6 in this week's WisSports.Net Division 1 coaches' poll, got on the board in the opening minute on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan Loughney, three plays after Mike Hommes returned the opening kickoff to the Wildcat 22. The Wildcats answered following an interception by Bucky Rudesill at his own 39.
The Wildcat football team marched 76 yards in the final 2 minutes only to have the potential game-winning drive stall at the Eau Claire Memorial 14 yard line in a 21-17 loss to the Old Abes Friday night, Sept. 28, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcat defense came up with a big 4th down stop at its own 10 yard line with just over two minutes remaining before quarterback Alex Call hooked up with Brad Freeborn for gains of 11 and 49 yards to the Eau Claire Memorial 30.