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 UW-River Falls men's hockey team used a four-goal first period Nov. 11 and a five-goal, third-period outburst Saturday to take three of four points from the defending national champion St. Norbert Green Knights in its NCHA opening series over the weekend at Hunt Arena. The 12th-ranked Falcons jumped out to a 4-0 lead Friday and held on for a 6-3 victory. Saturday they trailed 4-0 in the third period before erupting for five goals in 11 minutes, only to have third-ranked St. Norbert tie the score with two minutes remaining.
Three members of the River Falls High School volleyball team have been honored by the Big Rivers Conference coaches with selection to 2011 All-BRC teams. Senior Zoe Barr was named to the seven-player First Team while seniors Maddie Shafer and Masy Engel earned Honorable Mention. Second-year Wildcat coach Sara McDonald was thrilled with the selections. "It is nice to see that the coaches in our conference are starting to recognize individual players from our team," she said. Barr earned All-BRC honors for the second straight season. She earned Honorable Mention to the 2010 team.
River Falls senior Sierra Becker placed second in diving at the WIAA Division 2 girls swimming and diving state meet Friday night at the UW Natatorium in Madison. Becker finished with a score of 388.20 to finish as state runner-up for the second straight year. Rachel Stave of Whitnall defended her state title with a score of 444.2 River Falls senior Rose Tashjian finished eighth with a score of 308.2 while classmate Britta Grebner placed ninth with 302.85. See the Nov. 16 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the story.
River Falls swept the top three spots in diving and the Wildcat swimmers earned seven trips to the awards podium on their way to their second straight runner-up finish at the WIAA Swimming and Diving Sectional competition last weekend, Nov.
Sophomore goaltender Scott Lewan was perfect and eight different Falcons accounted for 10 goals as the UW-River Falls men's hockey team opened the 2011-12 season by sweeping Finlandia, 4-0 and 6-0, last weekend at Hunt Arena. Lewan made 16 saves Friday night and 21 more Saturday to post his fourth and fifth career shutouts. Seniors Sean Roadhouse and Geoff Shewmake tallied goals each night as the Falcons moved to 2-0-0. The Falcons will look to remain undefeated when they face off against Hamline University this Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena.
The Wildcat girls' cross country team was hoping for another top-four finish at the state meet Oct. 29. For the second straight year, it got it. Junior Paige Skorseth led the way by finishing 17th in the 190-runner field and Annie Frisbie posted the fastest time of any freshman at state and finished 19th overall as the Cats matched their best finish ever at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. "I think the difference between last year and this year was last year everyone knew we would be towards the top," Wildcat coach Pat Lorentz said.
The River Falls' girls matched their best finish ever by placing fourth at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The Cats finished with a team score of 202. Arrowhead won the girls' Division 1 team title with 56. Paige Skorseth led the Wildcats with a 17th place time of 15 minutes, 6.78 seconds. Annie Frisbie was two spots behind in 19th place with a time of 15:10.58.
The Wildcat volleyball team didn't let its No. 10 seed get in the way of a strong showing in its WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 20, in Chippewa Falls. The Cats gave the seventh-seeded Cardinals all they could handle on their home court before coming up on the short end of a hard-fought, five-set battle by scores of 22-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 12-15. Wildcat coach Sara McDonald had nothing but praise for her team afterwards. "I could not be more proud of my girls," she said.
Wildcat cross country coach Pat Lorentz had high hopes both the boys' and girls' teams would earn trips to state this season. That's why he described his feelings after Saturday's sectional meet in Tomah as bittersweet. The Wildcat girls won their third straight sectional title to punch their return ticket to state. But an injury to senior captain Salvador Bastien resulted in the boys coming up one place short of qualifying as a team.
The Wildcat girls' golf team overcame some first-day jitters to cut 15 strokes off its score in the second round and move up two spots in the standings to finish seventh at the WIAA Girls State Golf Tournament in Madison last Monday and Tuesday. River Falls was making its first appearance at the state tournament since 2001. After finishing with a team total of 358 Monday, the golfers carded 343 Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 701.