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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After grinding out a 4-3 nonconference victory over Osceola Monday, April 23, the Wildcat boys tennis steam had a rougher go of it in a pair of Big Rivers Conference matches against Hudson and Menomonie. The Cats were swept by the Raiders, 7-0, Tuesday, April 24, in Hudson, before dropping a 6-1 decision to the Mustangs Thursday, April 26, at home. Last Monday the Cats swept all four singles matches in a 4-3 win over Osceola.
So far the River Falls girls soccer team has passed every test it's taken this season. But the curriculum is about to get a lot more challenging.
Freshman Emmy Farago of Hudson won the 3,000 meter steeplechase to highlight the UW-River Falls women's track and field team's performance at the St. Mary's Open Saturday, April 28, in Winona, Minn. Farago won the race with a time of 12 minutes, 19.35 seconds to post UWRF's only first place finish of the day.
UW-River Falls senior nose tackle Nick Jacobsen, a three-time All-WIAC and third Team All-American in 2017, has been invited to the Minnesota Vikings' rookie mini-camp in Eagan, Minn., Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. Jacobsen, a Prescott native, was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's 2017 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at UWRF this past season. He was also named First Team All-WIAC and earned D3football.com First Team All-Region honors.
Hitting and chipping into nets, and practicing putting on the carpet of the high school media center isn't the ideal way to prepare for the golf season. But the Wildcat boys didn't show any rust in their first meet of the season Tuesday, April 24, at Mill Run Golf Course in Eau Claire. Freshman Maxamillian Xiong fired a one under-par 34 to earn medalist honors in his very first high school match and junior Taylor Rotsaert carded as the Cats opened the season with a second place finish at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference meet hosted by Eau Claire Memorial.
Growing up next to a golf course with a basketball court in his basement, Jaxon Knotek wasn't sure if he wanted to play golf or basketball in college. Now, after finishing his high school basketball career as the third leading scorer in River Falls history, his choice is looking good. Knotek will head to North Dakota State University on a Division I basketball scholarship next year after becoming the first player in River Falls history to be named Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Nine year-old Oliver Larson shot his first turkey on Wednesday, April 18, on a family friend's land just outside of River Falls. Oliver and his father, Charles, got these two big birds to make it a great first hunt. Submitted photo
Joe Stoffel pitched six innings of shutout ball in the opener and Jake Lindsay, Ryan Flanigan, Tyler Penny, Glen Pendleton and Joey Davis had two hits each in the nightcap as the Wildcat baseball team swept Rice Lake, 2-1 and 11-5, in the first games of the season at First National Bank of River Falls Field Thursday, April 26.
Westside Elementary School fourth-grader Liam Cunningham helped the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey Association's Upper Youth team win the national championship at the USA Hockey National Disability Festival March in Chicago April 12-15.
It seemed ironic that on one of the the first warm, sunny days of spring last Friday, April 20, the River Falls track and field teams were hosting the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Invitational inside UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse. But that's the kind of sense of humor Mother Nature's had this year. It didn't matter to the Wildcats though, who continued their assault on the school record books by setting two new marks and tying another on their way to first- and third-place finishes at the 10-team event.