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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Comcast is broadcasting the 2014 Wisconsin State High School Football Championships available to Wisconsin area customers Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21. The games can be seen on Educational Access channel 6 in Hudson, North Hudson, River Falls and Troy Township; Prescott customers can watch the games on Educational Access channel 16. According to the WIAA, here is a listing of the championship games: CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE: Thursday, Nov. 20 10 a.m. Div. 7 Owen-Withee (12-1) vs. Pepin/Alma (13-0) 1 p.m.Div. 6 St. Mary’s Springs (13-0) vs. Darlington (12-1) 4 p.m. Div.
Marty Herum recalls sifting through the dirt on the pitcher’s mound in Marshfield looking for J.P.
Wildcat senior Annie Frisbie won the WIAA Division state cross country individual championship with a time of 17 minutes, 59.4 seconds at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Nov. 1. Frisbie’s title came in the first 5,000 meter girls’ race in WIAA state championship history. Since the WIAA began sponsoring girls cross country in 1975, every championship race had been run on a 4,000 meter course. The race was delayed an hour due to frost on the course in Wisconsin Rapids, but once it began Frisbie ran out to an early lead, covering the opening mile in 5:39.
River Falls High School volleyball fans had plenty to cheer about Thursday night, Oct. 16, as the Wildcats beat Hudson in four sets in their regular season finale on their home court. The Cats earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming 14 team WIAA Division 1 sectional and will host Wausau West in a first round regional game Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Earlier in the day the second seeded Wildcat boys’ soccer team won its Division 2 regional final, 2-1, over Onalaska on a late goal by Jacob Bilicke. They will face top-seeded New Richmond in a sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.
Second-seeded River Falls scored five goals in the first half and tallied four more after intermission and kept the seventh-seeded La Crosse Logan Rangers off the scoreboard to post a 9-0 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 14, in River Falls. The Wildcats move on to host No. 3 seed Onalaska, 3-1 winners over La Crosse Central Tuesday night, in the regional championship game Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in River Falls. Thursday’s winner will advance to the sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 23, to face either top-seeded New Richmond or No. 4 Tomah.
Hudson fullback Dayton Diemel ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders kept the Little Brown Jug in Hudson for the sixth straight year with a 28-7 victory over the River Falls Wildcats Friday night at Newton Field in Hudson. The win also put the Raiders into the WIAA playoffs for the fifth straight season while River Falls was eliminated from playoff contention. After a scoreless first quarter, Diemel scored on a 5 yard touchdown run and quarterback John Uchytil hit Henrik Wiesemeyer with a 10 yard touchdown pass to stake the Raiders to a 14-0 halftime lead. Hudson extend
Adrian Paurus ran for two touchdowns and Logan Emholtz put the game away with a late fourth-quarter score as the Wildcat football team posted a 21-7 homecoming victory over Eau Claire North in the first game ever played on the new artificial turf of David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field on the campus of UW-River Falls. Paurus’ second touchdown of the game, a 6 yard run with 8 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, snapped a 7-7 tie.
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