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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Wildcat assistant coach Denny Blank, left, head coach Jason Wolf and assistant coach Steve Trudeau watch the Wildcat football team perform in an intra-squad scrimmage the mornoing of Saturday, Aug. 11 on the high school practice fields. The Cats will take part in a six-team scrimmage this Friday at Menomonie before kicking off the 2012 season at Ramer Field Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. against New Richmond.
Members of the 2012 class of the Wildcat Hall of Fame were inducted at the second annual Hall of Fame Banquet the night of Friday, Aug. 3 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. This year's inductees included Thomas J. Murphy (RFHS Class of 1967), who was killed in action in Vietnam on April 1, 1970. Accepting the honor for Murphy were, seated in front row at left, Murphy's niece Meghan Murphy, best friend and Vietnam veteran Neil Anderson, and Murphy's sister Dorothy Murphy-LaBrash. Murphy became the first Hall of Famer to be inducted in both the Athlete and Distinguished Citizen categories.
Following a stellar freshman season at UW-Stevens Point and after posting a 7-1 record with the River Falls Fighting Fish, pitcher J.P. Feyereisen signed a 12-day contract last week to play for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the prestigious Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate.
If the River Falls Fighting Fish are going to defend their 2011 Wisconsin Baseball Association state championship, they're going to have to endure what player-manager Josh Eidem called, "the gutsiest weekend in the history of the Fish." While the Fish might appear to be one of the favorites after receiving the state's top seed for this weekend's WBA semifinal round, Eidem said the team is going into the weekend banged up and shorthanded. The team will be without one of its top pitchers -- J.P.
One of the most popular cross country mountain bike racing events in the area returns to River Falls with a new name later this month when the Border Crossing takes place on the trails of the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park Sunday, Aug.
The 2012 Wisconsin Baseball Association playoff field is set and the defending state champion River Falls Fighting Fish earned one of eight No. 1 seeds and will travel to Osceola for the WBA semifinal round Aug. 11-12. The Fish will take on the Bruce Belters in a first round game Saturday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. at Oakey Park. The No. 2 seed Eau Claire Bears and No. 3 Ellsworth Hubbers will meet Saturday at 2 p.m. Oakey Park is located two blocks east of Hwy. 35, on Seventh Ave, in Osceola. Saturday's winners will square off Sunday at 3 p.m. for a berth in the WBA finals Aug.
Eight individuals and one team will join last year's inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame class when the second annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Golf Tournament and Banquet takes place Friday, Aug. 3, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. The Wildcat Hall of Fame was established last year to highlight the accomplishments of River Falls High School alumni, coaches and friends. This year's class includes athletes Jay Wollan (RFHS Class of 1966), Thomas J. Murphy (1967), Kim (Robey) Huggett (1979), Mike Benedict (1989) and Carolyn M. Klecker (1992).
The River Falls Fighting Fish remained undefeated in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a big 6-3 victory over the Prescott Pirates Saturday in Prescott. The Fish posted an 8-4 win Sunday in Bay City to improve to 10-0 in league play, 23-8 overall. They visit the Hudson River Rats this Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Elmwood Expos Sunday at 1 p.m. before taking on the Spring Valley Hawks Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Spring Valley. River Falls' next home game will be Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team had a rough week, losing four games, including three at the Duluth tournament over the weekend of June 30. River Falls came out on the short end of a combined, five-inning perfect game in a 12-0 loss last Tuesday, June 26, at Menomonie.
Bill Smith of River Falls hadn't been to an organized baseball game in nearly 50 years until the Fighting Fish amateur team came to town in 2008. "When I was 11 years-old growing up in Maplewood, me and my brother used to caddie at the White Bear Lake Yacht Club and we'd work a quick nine in the morning and make $1.25, then hitchhike to the old Met Stadium and get 'knothole' seats for 50 cents," he recalled.