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 Wildcat girls’ basketball team’s first appearance at the WIAA State Basketball Tournament ended in a 51-41 loss to Cedarburg in a Division 2 state semifinal game Saturday, March 13, in Green Bay. The Cats fought back from a 12-point first quarter deficit to tie the score just before halftime but could never take the lead. River Falls scored the first basket of the game but trailed 16-4 at the end of one. The Cats then went on a 14-2 run to tie the score, 18-18, on a jumper by Karly Murphy with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter. Cedarburg led 27-20 at halftime.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team received quite the send-off Thursday morning, March 12, before boarding the bus to Green Bay to compete in the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament. The team was the focus of a rally at the high school at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. The team buses then drove by Meyer Middle School and Greenwood Elementary School on their way out of town to the cheers of the school’s students and staff. River Falls (15-11) will face Cedarburg (23-2) in a Division 2 state semifinal game Friday, March 13, at 3:15 p.m.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team qualified for the WIAA State Tournament for the first time in school history by defeating Mosinee, 49-40, in the Section 1 championship game Saturday, March 7, in Marshfield. River Falls (15-11) will face Cedarburg (23-2) in a Division 2 state semifinal Friday, March 13, at approximately 3:15 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Waunakee (15-12) and Pius XI (26-0) meet in the other semifinal.
The Wildcat gymnastics team finished third at the WIAA State Team Gymnastics Championships Friday, March 6, in Wisconsin Rapids. Mount Horeb won the Division 2 state team title with a score of 141.6833 while Whitefish Bay took second with 140.95. River Falls was third in the 10-team competition with 138.1167, Nicolet was fourth with 135.1667 and Rice Lake/Cumberland took fifth with 134.7167. The Wildcats’ best score came in the floor exercise, where they posted a total of 35.65.
Karly Murphy scored 15 points and Hannah Brager and Breanna Weiss scored 11 each to lead the Wildcat girls’ basketball team to a 49-41 victory over Onalaska in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, March 5, in Menomonie. The Wildcats (14-11) will play Mosinee (18-7) in the Section 1 championships game Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. in Marshfield. The winner will advance to the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament March 13-14 in Green Bay. Thursday’s sectional semifinal was a back-and-forth affair that featured five lead changes in the third quarter alone.
David Palmer scored 12 points and Kyle Larson added 11 as the Wildcat boys’ basketball team overcame an eight-point first quarter deficit to roll to a 49-37 victory over Ashland in a WIAA regional quarterfinal game Tuesday, March 3, in River Falls. After allowing 14 points to Ashland in the first quarter while falling behind 14-6, the Wildcats held the Oredockers to 23 points the rest of the way.
The River Falls gymnastics team qualified for its 14th straight WIAA state tournament and the Wildcat girls’ basketball team won its first regional championship in five years Saturday, Feb. 28, in River Falls. The gymnasts won the sectional team title with a season-high score of 139.175 Saturday afternoon.
Top-seeded Hayward-Spooner scored a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the second period to snap a scoreless tie and added an insurance goal in the third period to defeat the third-seeded St. Croix Valley Fusion, 2-0, in a WIAA girls’ hockey sectional final Friday night, Feb.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls’ hockey team advanced to the sectional final for the eighth straight season with a 3-1 victory over the Eau Claire-Altoona Stars Tuesday night, Feb. 24, in Eau Claire. Freshman Kamryn Jacobs scored all three Fusion goals, including two in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie, while freshman goalie Ellen Coggio finished with 23 saves. The third-seeded Fusion (15-9-2) will face top-seed Hayward-Spooner (21-4-0) in the sectional championship game Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena in Hudson.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion scored four goals in a seven-minute span of the second period on their way to an 8-0 victory over Chippewa Falls-Menomonie in a WIAA girls’ hockey regional final game Thursday, Feb. 19, at the United Civic Center in Baldwin. In boys regional playoff action, New Richmond scored with 17 seconds left in regulation, then scored the game-winner with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat River Falls, 4-3. The third-seeded Fusion improved to 14-9-2 and move on to face No. 2 seed Eau Claire-Altoona (15-8-2) in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb.