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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Artificial turf will be installed at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field this fall, but not in time for the River Falls High School or UWRF football openers. The replacement of the natural grass field with artificial turf began Wednesday, July 30, and isn’t expected to be completed until Oct. 1. The installation of artificial turf at David Smith Stadium is being done in conjunction with the first phase of UWRF’s $63.5 million Falcon Center project. Funding for the project was approved by the state in Oct.
River Falls Days started and ended with a bang this year, beginning with Friday night’s parade, and ending with Sunday night's fireworks. Many people came to Hoffman Park Sunday to watch the fireworks. For more River Falls days pictures, see the July 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
If baseball is America’s pastime, River Falls was the nation’s capital city of fun Friday night, June 13. After over six years of planning, three years of fundraising, countless hours of volunteer labor, and the ever-growing enthusiasm of an entire community, an estimated 2,000 people flocked to First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park for opening night at the gleaming new 315-seat facility. The evening featured live music, speeches, surprise guests and at least one smile for each of the 2,000 hot dogs sold at the concession stand. Oh, there was also a ballgame between
The River Falls girls’ soccer team advanced to the WIAA sectional championship game with a 3-0 win over Tomah Thursday in Tomah. Junior Breanna Gilbertson had two goals, sophomore Emma Benusa scored the other and freshman goalkeeper Micah Rivera posted her third straight shutout of the playoffs to send the Cats to the sectional final this Saturday, June 14, against Rhinelander.
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.