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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Wildcat senior Trent Powell earned his second medal in the boys’ 1600 meter run while sophomore Karly Murphy earned a fourth place medal in the girls’ discus at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships over the weekend at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in La Crosse. Powell posted a personal best time of 4 minutes, 13.68 seconds in the 1600 meter run to finish sixth in the final race of his high school career.
In the age-old riddle about what came first, the chicken or the egg, Josh Eidem and Ryan Bishop chose the former. Eidem and Bishop, both former baseball players at UW-River Falls, were teammates in 2007 on the Spring Valley Hawks amateur baseball team when one said to the other—“Wouldn’t it be great to have a nice ballpark in River Falls?” Bishop, then in his eighth season as the River Falls High School baseball coach, knew that without an amateur team in town, the chances of garnering enough support to build a ballpark would be slim.
The River Falls’ girls track and field team defended it Big Rivers Conference title while the Hudson boys’ won their ninth title in the last ten years at the 2014...
By Dan Wilcox, outdoor columnist Among the most abundant organisms on earth are the fungi. They live in the soil, in plants, in rivers and lakes, on our skin, and in us. Much of the biomass in soils is comprised of thin threads of fungi, the mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizal fungi have mutualistic relationships with most species of plants. Plant roots provide the fungi with carbohydrates; the fungi in turn increase water and nutrient absorption to the plant roots. Most soil fungi are beneficial.
The Wildcat baseball team swept a doubleheader from Chippewa Falls Tuesday, May 13, to run its Big Rivers Conference winning streak to five straight and solidify its hold on second place in the conference standings. The Cats beat the Cardinals 3-1 in the first game before taking the nightcap, 12-2 in five innings. River Falls entered the twin bill with a one game lead over Chippewa Falls. The Cats are now 7-2 in BRC play (13-2 overall). Hudson, who swept Rice Lake on Tuesday, moved into third place at 5-2 (7-7 overall).
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a NASCAR driver? Would you like to hunt pheasants in South Dakota, or go fishing in Louisiana? Are you a Toby Keith country music fan? While this Saturday’s River Falls Baseball Council’s Baseball Bash is all about closing the fundraising gap for the new First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park, there will be more than just baseball on the agenda when the event gets underway at 5 p.m.
After going ten days without playing a game and being stuck inside for practice all week, the Wildcat baseball team didn’t miss a beat when it returned to the field at Hudson’s Grandview Park last Friday, May 2. Jon Krueger drove in four runs, the Cats pounded out 10 hits, and lefty James Witt threw a complete game, two-hit shutout as the Wildcats blanked the defending big Rivers Conference champion Raiders, 6-0. This past Monday, May 5, the Cats took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning against BRC leader and sixth-ranked Eau Claire North before the Huskies rallied and escaped with an 8-5
UW-River Falls has announced it will suspend its intercollegiate men’s and women’s diving teams effective June 30 following a recommendation by the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee. According to a statement released by the university April 30, the decision was based on a study of the athletics sports module that included information from the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee, the Athletic Department, staff, students and alumni. The recommendation to suspend the swimming and diving teams was made by UWRF Athletic Director Roger Ternes and further recommended by the UWRF Faculty
River Falls’ Kevin Kramolis practices his putting on the snow-covered practice green at Troy Burne Golf Club before the Hudson Golf Invitational Wednesday morning, April 16. Seventeen high school teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota were waiting for the temperature to climb above freezing and the greens to clear before taking part in the first area tournament of the season. After over an hour delay the golfers headed out for a shotgun start around 11 a.m. See the April 24 print edition of the River Falls Journal for tournament results. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)
The UW-River Falls women’s hockey team claimed the inaugural WIAC championship by defeating UW-Stevens Point, 5-1, in the WIAC Tournament title game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena. “We were the first team to win the NCHA Tournament championship and now we are the first team to win the WIAC Tournament title.