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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Senior forward Kamryn Jacobs headlines a list of five St. Croix Valley Fusion players who have been named to 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams by the conference coaches. Jacobs was named to the All-BRC First Team for the third straight season while junior forward Anna Albrightson earned honorable mention for the third time and sophomore forward Taylar Meier received honorable mention for the second straight year. Senior forward Maddie Schultz and sophomore goalie Sydney Seeley both received honorable mention for the first time.
Wildcat wrestling coach Kevin Black hopes Mitchell Williamson, Nathan Fuller and Chance Kamrowski sent a message to the rest of the team at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.
The Wildcat gymnastics team will be making what's become an annual late winter trip to Wisconsin Rapids this weekend when it competes in its 17th straight WIAA State Gymnastics Championships. River Falls kept its streak alive by winning a Division 2 sectional title last Saturday, Feb. 24, in West Salem with a season high score of 142.425. They will be joined by second place West Salem (140.125) at the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team came up short in its bid for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 59-44 loss at UW-Stevens Point in the WIAC Tournament Championship game Sunday, Feb. 25, in Stevens Point. The fourth-seeded Falcons advanced to the title game with a 79-68 win over No. 5 UW-Whitewater Wednesday, Feb. 21, at home and a 71-66 victory over regular season champion and top-seeded UW-Platteville Friday, Feb. 23, in Platteville.
After defeating Fridley, Minn., 64-50, in the regular season finale for their sixth straight victory, Wildcat boys basketball coach Zac Campbell likes the way his team is playing heading into the postseason. "Having not lost a game in the past month, our boys have no reason to fear any team they match up against," he said. "We have shown through the course of the season that we can beat quality teams on the road and we will have to do that in back-to-back nights to get us to sectionals in our extremely talented region."
The top-seeded UW-River Falls women's hockey team dominated No. 4 UW-Stevens Point, 9-0, Friday Feb. 23 and 6-1 Saturday, Feb. 24, in a WIAC Tournament semifinal round at Hunt Arena. UWRF improved to 19-5-3 overall and will host the WIAC title game against UW-Eau Claire 17-6-4 Saturday, March 3, at 2:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena. The Falcons scored five times in the third period in Friday night's 9-0 shutout over the Pointers.
The Eau Claire Area Stars scored two goals in a three-minute span of the third period to erase a 3-2 St. Croix Valley Fusion lead and defeat the Fusion, 4-3, in a WIAA Section 1 girls hockey semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
After defeating New Richmond for the second time in three days, 65-56, in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Wildcat girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 69-53 loss to top-seeded Onalaska Friday, Feb. 23, in Onalaska. Wildcat head coach Ian Sticht said it was strange seeing the Tigers for the second time in three days last Tuesday on the Cats' home court.
WIAA boys basketball regional tournament action begins around the state on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Prescott was the lone area team that reached the WIAA boys state championships last winter, with the Cardinals losing in the Division 3 state championship game. There are a number of western Wisconsin teams with the capabilities of making a strong charge to the state tournament. Here are previews of the area regional tournament bracket in each division. Division 1
River Falls' Nathan Fuller and Mitchell Williamson and Hudson's Jacob Anderson, will all wrestle for spots on the podium on the final day of the WIAA Individual State Tournament today, Saturday, Feb. 24. Fuller and Williamson dropped their semifinal matches Friday night while Anderson won his consolation quarterfinal match to join Fuller and Williamson in the consolation semifinals.