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 gymnastics team picked up a pair of dual meet victories last week, including a 137.95 to 122.725 victory over Chippewa Falls in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Tuesday night at the middle school. Thursday night the Cats posted a 134.7 to 119.8 win at Red Wing, Minn. Head coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis said it was good to be back in action last Tuesday after the Chippewa Falls Invitational was cancelled the previous Saturday due to a snowstorm. "This was the season's first competition for over half the team," she noted.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over Menomonie Saturday night in Menomonie. Earlier in the week the Cats suffered their first loss of the season, 4-2, at Hudson last Tuesday and dropped a 6-3 decision to second-ranked Eau Claire Memorial Thursday. The Wildcats are off this week but return to action Dec. 27-29 at the Rice Lake Tournament.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion won their Big Rivers Conference opener against the Eau Claire-Altoona Stars last Tuesday before improving to 5-0 overall with a 4-3 win Thursday at Breck, Minn. Saturday's highly-anticipated matchup between the second-ranked Fusion and No. 1 Central Wisconsin Storm (Mosinee), scheduled to be played at Baldwin's United Civic Center, was cancelled due to the severe snow storm that blew through the state. No make-up date has been announced. The Fusion return to action against the Capital City Cougars (Sun Prairie) Friday at 8 p.m.
UW-River Falls has named five finalists, including two who will be coaching against each other in this Saturday's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, as candidates to be the university's new head football coach. All five finalists will be interviewed on campus between Dec. 14-20. There will be open forums for each candidate in the University Center's Kinnickinnic Theater.
The Wildcat boys' basketball team looked in midseason form at the Red Wing (Minn.) Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend. The Cats won the tournament title for the second straight year, defeating Goodhue, Minn., 61-46 in Friday's semifinals before knocking off the host Wingers, 67-59, in Saturday's title game. Read more and see more photos in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Wildcat heavyweight Nick Johnson eyes up Cody Hegeman of Boyceville in the championship match at the Ellsworth Invitational Saturday. Johnson lost the title bout to finish second to help the Cats to a third place team finish at the nine-team event. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
It took a little while for the Wildcat hockey team to hit its stride in the Dec. 2 home opener against Eau Claire North, but once it did, the floodgates opened. The Cats led 1-0 at the end of the first period despite outshooting the Huskies 14-6.
Fresh off their weekend win over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point, the 18th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team routed UW-Eau Claire, 75-51, Wednesday night at Karges Center to take over sole possession of first place in the WIAC. The Falcons and Blugolds entered the game as the only undefeated teams in conference play, each at 2-0. UW-RF used a smothering defense and a balanced offense that saw nine players finish with at least six points in the win.
If the St. Croix Valley Fusion is going to contend for a third straight state championship this season, head coach Matt Cranston said it would need plenty of contributions from its underclassmen. Judging by the team's first three games at the Thanksgiving Tournament in Baldwin, the youngsters are up to the challenge.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team earned its new coach Brook Lockwood his first two career victories at the season-opening Amery Tournament over the weekend. Sophomore Casey Jerry scored the first two goals of his high school career in Friday night's 5-2 victory over Somerset before adding two more in Saturday night's rough-and-tumble 6-3 win over Amery. Senior Karl Andersen finished the weekend with two goals and five assists. The Cats open Big Rivers Conference play Thursday, Dec. 2, at home against Eau Claire North at 7 p.m.