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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Every win is big for the Wildcat hockey team right now, especially a road victory over archrival Hudson. That's what the Cats accomplished last Tuesday, Jan. 31, when they went into Gornick Arena and battled back from a 2-1 first period deficit to earn a 6-4 victory. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and came before a pair of games against state-ranked teams. The Cats couldn't keep the momentum going and lost to fourth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial, 7-1 Thursday, Feb. 2, and to No. 2 Superior, 9-0 on Saturday, Feb.
The inaugural River Falls Baseball Bash, a celebration of two state champion baseball teams and the kickoff to the Community Ballpark Project, is all set for Saturday night, Feb. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. The event, hosted by the River Falls Baseball Council, will be a night of games, raffles, silent auctions, food and a brief program.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team cut a 10-point first quarter deficit to four at the break and remained within four at the end of the third quarter before Rice Lake hit its free throws in the fourth quarter on its way to handing River Falls a 60-48 defeat Thursday night, Jan. 26, at the high school. The Wildcats trailed 17-7 at the end of one before outscoring Rice Lake 17-11 in the second quarter.
UW-River Falls' senior Shane Manor continued to make his case for All-American and the Falcons men's basketball team remained tied for first place in the WIAC as Manor led the team to victories over UW-Stout and UW-Platteville last week. Manor scored a team-high 18 points in both wins, adding ten rebounds to his stat line in the Falcons' 72-50 victory at Stout last Wednesday and hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field in UWRF's 61-53 home victory Saturday over Platteville.
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams can earn at least shares of their respective Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships when they take on UW-Whitewater in a college basketball doubleheader Saturday at Karges Center. The Falcon women host the Warhawks at 3 p.m. while the men's game is scheduled for 5 p.m. The UWRF women can share the WIAC title with a win over Whitewater and a UW-Eau Claire victory over UW-Stevens Point. The Blugolds and Pointers square off at 3 p.m.
The Wildcat gymnastics team apparently likes performing on the balance beam in Hudson. The night of Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Cats had nine of ten JV and varsity gymnasts stay on the beam in a 139.3 to 132.8 Big Rivers Conference dual win over the Raiders. Saturday, Jan. 28, they had eight girls hit their routines on their way to sweeping the JV and varsity competition at the Hudson Invitational. "The beam success from our dual on Tuesday followed suit into the tournament," Wildcat coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis said.
Two nights after a goal-scoring party at home against Eau Claire North last Thursday, the Wildcat hockey team came up one goal short in a 4-3 loss at Big Rivers Conference co-leader Rice Lake last Saturday, Jan. 21. Nine different Wildcats scored goals and 12 Cats recorded at least one point in a 11-2 victory over Eau Claire North Thursday at Wildcat Centre.
The Menomonie boys' basketball team came to River Falls Jan. 17, as one of two undefeated teams in Big Rivers Conference play. It left with its first conference loss of the season. The Wildcats made sure of that by opening up a six-point halftime lead and taking care of the basketball down the stretch to hold off the Mustangs for a 52-49 victory. The loss dropped Menomonie to 4-1 in BRC play (7-5 overall) while evening the Wildcats' record at 3-3 against conference opponents. "That was a good win; handing Menomonie their first conference loss," River Falls coach Greg Gaulke said.
The Wildcat wrestling team posted a 39-30 victory over Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Jan. 12, before going 1-2 at the Stillwater Duals on Saturday. The Cats lost to Stillwater, 48-12, before wrestling to a 33-33 tie with Mahtomedi. Mahtomedi was awarded the victor based on number of matches won. River Falls then beat North St.
There were plenty of Wildcats on the awards podium at the River Falls Gymnastics Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the high school. For the first time the tournament was split into two divisions -- Gold and Silver. The Wildcat No. 1 team took first in the 8-team Gold Division with a team score of 140.3 while the Cats' No.