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 River Falls Fighting Fish advanced to the Wisconsin Baseball Association state finals for the second year in a row with a pair of wins in the state semifinal round over the weekend in Osceola. The Fish defeated the Oulu Blue Jays, 6-2, Saturday before routing the Grantsburg Honkers, 12-1, Sunday at Osceola's Oakey Park. Marty Herum broke Saturday's game open with a three-run home run in the third inning and went 4-for-5 with two runs scored Sunday to lead the Fish at the plate over the weekend.
The River Falls Fighting Fish will head about an hour north for their first Wisconsin Baseball Association playoff game. The Fish, champions of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League with a record of 14-2, earned a No. 1 seed in their bracket and will take on the fourth-seeded Oulu Blue Jays this Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m., at Oakey Park in Osceola.
After 10 days of going against each other every day in practice, members of the Wildcat football team will get a chance to finally hit someone else this Saturday, Aug. 13, in a preseason scrimmage at Hudson High School. Six teams will take part in the scrimmage, which begins at noon on the Hudson High School practice fields. In addition to River Falls and Hudson, Menomonie, Stevens Point, Osceola and Bloomer will be on hand. Not all teams will scrimmage against each other. The Wildcats, like every other team in the state, opened practice last Wednesday, Aug.
The River Falls Fighting Fish won't be traveling far for their first Wisconsin Baseball Association playoff game. The Fish, champions of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League with a record of 14-2, earned a No. 1 seed in their bracket and will take on the fourth-seeded Oulu Blue Jays on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Oakey Park in Osceola. Oulu finished 8-6 and tied for third in the Upper-13 League. Saturday night's winner will move on to face either the second-seeded Whitehall Wolves of the Chippewa River League (14-6) or the No.
Members of the River Falls Fighting Fish pose for a picture after the team clinched the St. Croix Valley Baseball League championship with a 7-2 victory over Menomonie Saturday at the high school field. Team members include, front row from left, Matt Walker, Nate Schurman, Adam Stuessel, Josh Eidem, Clint Kempf, Trevor Gutting, Brian Giebel and Sam Giliuson. Back row, Nathan Brom, Joe Paatalo, Ryan Gilbertson, Adam Brathol, Joel Schaffer, Marty Herum, Rick Wells and Dan Morgan. Not pictured are Jason Hunt, Justin Peterson, Greg Cheever, Brandon Gilbertson and Seth Bugar.
Two weeks ago, River Falls High School Pep Club advisors Ryan Bishop and Steve Trudeau were worried about how many people would show up at the first Wildcat Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet Friday. Turns out they had nothing to worry about. Two hundred eighty people packed the Great Banquet Hall at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club for the dinner and ceremony after 88 had participated in the first Wildcat Golf Open during the day.
The inaugural class of the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame was inducted Friday night at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. The recipients included, front row from left, Kevin Black, Kate Peterson-Abiad, Ron Wunrow's wife Roberta Wunrow, Red Dawson's daughter Adrienne Dawson and DeWayne Benedict. In back are Paul Wehking, Grant Hanson, Steve Farley, Brenda (Johnson) Simone, Deb Timmerman, Kirby Symes, Pauly Cudd and Roger Kuss' son, Kevin.
The River Falls Post 121 baseball team defeated top-ranked Beaver Dam 8-7 Tuesday night to win its first ever Wisconsin American Legion state baseball title. After falling behind 2-0 after one inning of play, River Falls scored six runs in the top of the second and never trailed, turning an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the 8-7 win. Colin Pechacek doubled in a pair of runs and J.P.
For the second straight summer, and third time in the last four years, the River Falls Legion Post 121 team is in the Wisconsin American Legion AA State Tournament. River Falls earned a return trip to state by defeating Menomonie, 8-3, in the regional title game Sunday in Menomonie. They opened regional play with a 15-2 victory Friday over New Richmond and defeated Menomonie 4-3 on Saturday before beating Menomonie again in Sunday's title game. River Falls will open state tournament play in Tomah this Friday at 3 p.m. against Holmen.
The River Falls Fighting Fish can lock up their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League title with wins over the Menomonie Eagles and St. Croix Falls River Bandits this weekend at the River Falls High School field. The Fish lost to the Eagles, 3-2, on a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday in Menomonie.