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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River Falls scored twice in the final seven minutes to cut a three-touchdown deficit to eight points, but a potential tying touchdown pass was intercepted in the end zone and Eau Claire Memorial hung on for a 28-20 victory in a Wildcat home game played at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond. The Old Abes led 28-6 with 6:31 remaining when Wildcat quarterback Jon Krueger scored on a 16-yard run, his second touchdown of the game.
Wildcat senior Annie Frisbie won her second race of the season and broke her own school record in the process to lead the River Falls’ girls to a sixth place finish at the 20-team Faribault, Minn. Invitational last Saturday. Frisbie’s winning time of 14 minutes, 31.8 seconds set a new River Falls’ girls record for a 4K race and was six seconds faster than second place Tess Misgen of Shakopee. “I told Annie I didn’t want her to take the lead until after the mile mark,” Wildcat coach Pat Lorentz said.
Wide receiver Ben Klimpke caught a pass from quarterback Jon Krueger and ran 95-yards for a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining to lift River Falls to a 17-14 victory over Rice Lake in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Friday night in Rice Lake. Klimpke’s winning touchdown came on third-and-15 with the Wildcats out of timeouts on their own 5 yard line and capped a 14 point second half comeback. Colton Larson kicked a 24-yard field goal midway through the first quarter to give the Wildcats an early 3-0 lead, but Rice Lake scored two touchdowns, the second on a 65-yard interc
The annual Wildcat Extreme Cross Country Meet isn’t just a fun way to kick off the high school season, but it also gives River Falls head coach Pat Lorentz a good luck at how his teams might fare this season. Safe to say he likes what he sees from the Wildcat girls’ squad. Senior captains Annie Frisbie and Ali Casey were both in midseason form as they both posted top-five finishes at the annual meet that features three crossings of the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River on the campus of UW-River Falls. Frisbie took first for the second straight year with a time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds a
The 8-team field is set for the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Finals, and the River Falls Fighting Fish claimed their spot in emphatic style over the weekend. The Fish needed just 12 innings of offense to post a total of 33 runs in a pair of mercy-rule wins over the Hallie Eagles and the Eau Claire Bears at First National Bank of River Falls Field. River Falls crushed Hallie, 21-3, in Friday night’s playoff opener before shutting out Eau Claire, 12-0, Sunday. They will take on St. Croix Valley Baseball League rival Prescott in a WBA State quarterfinal game this Friday night, Aug.
For the first time in the 65-year history of the Wisconsin Baseball Association, the WBA state champion will be crowned in River Falls later this month. Thirty-two teams begin the quest for a state title at four different sites across the state this weekend, Aug. 8-10, including brand new First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park. The new ballpark will also host the 8-team WBA finals Aug. 15-17. The River Falls Fighting Fish are among the final 32 teams and will kick off the WBA semifinal round this Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Artificial turf will be installed at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field this fall, but not in time for the River Falls High School or UWRF football openers. The replacement of the natural grass field with artificial turf began Wednesday, July 30, and isn’t expected to be completed until Oct. 1. The installation of artificial turf at David Smith Stadium is being done in conjunction with the first phase of UWRF’s $63.5 million Falcon Center project. Funding for the project was approved by the state in Oct.
River Falls Days started and ended with a bang this year, beginning with Friday night’s parade, and ending with Sunday night's fireworks. Many people came to Hoffman Park Sunday to watch the fireworks. For more River Falls days pictures, see the July 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
If baseball is America’s pastime, River Falls was the nation’s capital city of fun Friday night, June 13. After over six years of planning, three years of fundraising, countless hours of volunteer labor, and the ever-growing enthusiasm of an entire community, an estimated 2,000 people flocked to First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park for opening night at the gleaming new 315-seat facility. The evening featured live music, speeches, surprise guests and at least one smile for each of the 2,000 hot dogs sold at the concession stand. Oh, there was also a ballgame between
The River Falls girls’ soccer team advanced to the WIAA sectional championship game with a 3-0 win over Tomah Thursday in Tomah. Junior Breanna Gilbertson had two goals, sophomore Emma Benusa scored the other and freshman goalkeeper Micah Rivera posted her third straight shutout of the playoffs to send the Cats to the sectional final this Saturday, June 14, against Rhinelander.