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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River Falls High School students who earned academic letters during the 2017-18 school year were gathered in front of the school for a picture Thursday, Sept. 13.
Balance has been a key to the Wildcat girls’ golf team this season. And that balance was on full display in the final week of the regular season as the Cats’ won three more conference matches to complete a clean sweep of BRC opponents. River Falls fired a 190 on its home course Monday, Sept. 10, 185 Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Mill Run in Eau Claire, and 182 Thursday, Sept. 13 at Lake Wissota to finish the regular season unbeaten on conference play.
Everyone got into the action in the River Falls Wildcat volleyball team’s 3-0 sweep over the Ellsworth Panthers Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Ellsworth. The third-ranked Wildcats took care of the Panthers by scores of 25-10, 25-20, 25-18 to improve to 13-0 on the season. “Everyone got in and saw lots of playing time,” head coach Sara Kealy noted. “I was proud of the girls’ effort to make changes on the items we have worked on this past week.”
Maddie Kealy loves being compared to Izzy Barr. "A lot of people are like, 'you're very Izzy-esque,'" Kealy said. "I take that as a huge compliment. She's definitely the biggest role model I've had on the court forever." Barr was the Wildcat volleyball team's three-time all-state setter who graduated last spring as the school's all-time assist leader. Kealy has spent the last two seasons watching Barr work her magic, and has now stepped into the starting setter role in her junior season.
Now that the fun is over, it's time to get down to business. Two weeks after the Wildcat cross country teams opened the season with their annual Extreme Meet through and across the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River, the Cats competed on dry land for the first time at the Faribault (Minn.) Invitational Friday, Sept. 7. As the only Wisconsin school competing at the meet, the Wildcat boys finished sixth out of 18 teams while the girls placed 12th out of 17 squads.
Defending Big Rivers Conference boys' soccer champion Eau Claire Memorial proved it will be the team to beat again this season in its 9-0 victory over River Falls Friday, Sept. 7, in Eau Claire. The loss for the Wildcats came one day after a strong 4-1 victory at home over Chippewa Falls that gave the Cats their second BRC victory of the season. Now 2-2 in conference play (3-3-1 overall), head coach Marcos Rodriguez said Friday's loss made for a good measuring stick moving forward.
Soccer splits opening weekend The Falcon women's soccer team was on the opposite sides of lopsided scores on the first weekend of the season, blanking UW-Superior, 3-0, on the road Friday, Aug. 31, before dropping its home opener, 5-1, to Wartburg College Saturday, Sept. 1.
After carrying the ball 28 times for 172 yards, most of it coming in the second half Friday night, Sept. 7, against Menomonie, River Falls running back Seth Kohel was asked if he was tired. “Tired?” Kohel answered incredulously. “You know, I just play for my team and that's all that's on my mind to keep me going.”
Four River Falls' players finished in the top 10 to lead the Wildcat girls' golf team to a first place finish at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 6. The four Wildcats all finished within five strokes of each other, led by Makaylin Harer's fourth place score of 43. Jaden Woiwode was fifth with 44, Madison Grundstrom placed sixth with 45 and Hannah Harper tied for eighth with 48. Eau Claire North's Sidney Brown earned medalist honors with 39.
The River Falls volleyball team is sponsoring a Dig Pink match for breast cancer awareness at its home opener this Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. against Hudson. The theme for the night is “Pink Out” and all proceeds from t-shirt sales and silent auction baskets will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.