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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Junior Carlie Christensen steals third base with a head-first slide in the third inning of the Wildcat softball team's 5-3 loss to St. Croix Central in the season opener for both teams two weeks ago, April 5, at the high school field. Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal. To purchase or see what's in our photo galleries go here: River Falls Journal Photo Galleries '
Garrett Loomis earned medalist honors by six strokes over his nearest competitor and four Wildcats finished with scores of 90 or better on a wind-battered Troy Burne Golf Course as the Cats opened the season with a second place finish in the 12-team Division 1 portion of the Hudson Golf Invitational Monday, April 9. Loomis fired a score of 76 to beat second place Danny Theilman of Tartan (Minn.) by six strokes to earn Division 1 medalist honors.
Wildcat baseball coach Ryan Bishop describes 2012 as "a season of opportunity." And he's not just referring to his players. Bishop, the longest tenured coach in the Big Rivers Conference beginning his 12th season at the helm, will serve as co-head coach this season along with former NCAA Division I All-American and Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguer Mark Hallberg. Bishop and Hallberg will guide a Wildcat team that returns just three everyday starters and one pitcher from a 2011 team that put together a record of 14-10 overall, 7-5 and tied for third place in the BRC.
The 27th annual Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support UW-River Falls athletics will be held Monday, June 18, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.
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.