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 boys' 4x800 meter relay team combined for a first place finish and junior Paige Skorseth shattered her own school record in the indoor 1600 meter run as both the River Falls' boys and girls team finished sixth at the prestigious, 16-team, All-American Invitational Saturday, March 31, at UW River Falls' Knowles Center. Shae Taylor, Tom Ramquist, Sterling Just and Trent Powell posted the Cats' only first place finish of the day by combining for a time of 8 minutes, 41.39 seconds in the 4x800 meter relay.
Student-athletes at River Falls High School are busy preparing for the upcoming spring season, and unlike last year, this year's Wildcat teams have been able to do much of their preparation outside thanks to the mild late-winter weather. The temperature was 78 degrees Monday afternoon as sophomore Liam Danguer and his track and field teammates practiced their triple jump technique. The Wildcat track and field teams will go back inside for their first taste of competition this Saturday, March 24, at the Northern Badger Indoor Classic at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse.
Wildcat leading scorer Casey Jerry is the lone River Falls' representative on the 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey team, Jerry, a junior forward, was one of six players to receive All-BRC honorable mention. He was among the BRC leaders in scoring this season with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points. He scored a team-high three shorthanded goals and averaged 1.78 points per game. The Wildcats finished the 2011-12 season with a record of 3-9-0 in BRC play, 7-17-1 overall. Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial had the most players selected to All-BRC teams with six.
The eighth-seeded River Falls girls' basketball team held off a late charge by No. 9 Sparta to post a 60-51 victory in a WIAA Division 2 semifinal Tuesday night in River Falls. The Wildcats (13-10) advance to face top-seed La Crosse Logan (18-4) in the regional final this Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in La Crosse. River Falls led by 12, 36-24, midway through the third quarter before Sparta (7-16) pulled to within one, 41-40, with 6 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the game.
High school activities director Rollie Hall couldn't attend the March 4 reception for the state runner-up Wildcat gymnastics team, but in a written statement read by Wildcat head coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis, he reminded the team that there were 76 other high school gymnastics teams in Wisconsin that would have loved to bring home some hardware from last weekend's WIAA state tournament. "I think we take that for granted sometimes," Kahut-Loomis said about Hall's remarks.
The UW-River Falls women's hockey team followed its Northern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title by defeating Adrian College, 4-2, in the NCHA O'Brien Cup championship game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena. The seventh-ranked Falcons, now 23-4-2 overall, won both the NCHA regular season and playoff titles for the third time and earned a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament for the fifth time in team history.
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end Friday night with losses in the first round of their respective NCAA Division III Tournaments. The 17th-ranked Falcon men lost to Edgewood College, 75-67, at Karges Center while the 22nd-ranked women lost, 72-61, to Coe College in St.
River Falls junior Riley Claude won state championships on the uneven bars and in the all-around competition at the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Gymnastics Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids Friday night. Claude and the rest of the Wildcats will compete for a WIAA Division 2 team title today. Claude won the state title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.267. Sarah Duff of Mount Horeb was second with 9.067. Claude also finished as state runner-up in the floor exercise with a second place score of 9.267. Haley Gowronski of Baraboo was first with 9.483.
Ten years ago this week the River Falls High School gymnastics team won the very first team state championship in school history. Since then, the program has added four more state titles to its rich history. This year's team will look to make it a half-dozen championships in 11 years when it competes at the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The Wildcats clinched their 11th straight trip to state, and 22nd total, by winning the WIAA Division 2 Sectional championship last Saturday in Galesville with a score of 142.1.
The third time proved to be the charm for the UW-River Falls men's basketball team. After being swept by UW-Whitewater in the regular season, the Falcons battled back from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warhawks, 64-58, in the WIAC Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon in Whitewater. The win gives the Falcons their first-ever WIAC Tournament championship and an automatic berth in this week's NCAA Division III National Tournament. UWRF, now 20-7 on the season, lost both regular season games to the Warhawks, including a last-second, 55-53, decision last Saturday at Karg