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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Chippewa Falls spoiled River Falls’ Homecoming by defeating the Wildcats, 34-13, Friday night, Sept. 27, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals while the Wildcats slipped to 1-5 overall, 0-4 in Big Rivers Conference play. Chippewa Falls took a 21-7 halftime lead with the Wildcat touchdown coming on a 12-yard, second quarter run by quarterback Jon Krueger. Earlier Krueger had a 60-yard touchdown run called back by a holding penalty.
Menomonie kept its season-long shutout streak intact by blanking River Falls, 38-0, Friday night, Sept. 20. in a Big Rivers Conference football game at Nelson Stadium in Menomonie. The Mustangs improved to 5-0 overall, 3-0 in BRC play while not allowing a single point all season. The Wildcats slipped to 1-4, 0-3 in the BRC. Menomonie led 20-0 at halftime before scoring 18 third quarter points. Jon Krueger led the Wildcat offense with 26 yards rushing in six carries. See the Sept. 26 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.
After sweeping Ellsworth in three games at home last Monday, the Wildcat volleyball team dropped a pair of four-game matches, Tuesday at home to Osceola and Thursday at Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire Memorial. The Cats defeated Ellsworth 25-19, 25-16, 26-24 before taking the first game against Osceola the following night, 25-16.
The Superior High School football team improved to 4-0 for the first time since the Spartans’ state championship season in 1990 season with a 38-27 win over the River Falls Wildcats Friday night, Sept.
Stop by Hoffman Park on any given day and one thing is clear: It takes a community to build a ballpark. That fact was evident last Saturday, when 30-40 volunteers spent the day grading the infield, installing chain link fencing and working on dugouts at what will be known as First National Bank of River Falls Field.
River Falls turned the ball over four times, leading to three Eau Claire North touchdowns, as the Huskies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 46-14 victory over the Wildcats Friday night, Sept. 6, at Carson Park in Eau Claire. Eau Claire North took advantage of three Wildcat fumbles in the first half to take a 33-6 halftime lead. River Falls’ touchdowns came on a pair of James Witt touchdown passes—a 4-yarder to Jackson Vanderwagen in the first quarter and a 39-yard pass to Kenny Oberlin in the third. See the Sept. 12 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.
Halle Hauer paced River Falls with a 9-hole score of 39 and three Wildcats finished in the top five to lead the Cats to a first place finish at a 6-team Big Rivers Conference girls’ golf match at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 5. Hauer finished one stroke behind medalist Kaitlyn Alvarez of Eau Claire North while Rachael Meyer and Sydney Brunholzl tied for fourth place with scores of 42 each. The Cats finished with a team total of 166 while Eau Claire North was second with 172. In girls’ tennis action, Ayana Nguyen won her match at No.
The Wildcat girls’ tennis and soccer teams both had rough days Tuesday, Sept. 3, as the netters dropped a 7-0 decision to undefeated Eau Claire Memorial and the booters were blanked, 5-0, by Chippewa Falls. Eau Claire Memorial, the four-time defending Big Rivers Conference champions, swept the Wildcats in straight sets with the closest match coming at no.
The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, but Farmington (Minn.) held on for a 30-20 victory in River Falls’ home opener Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Linebacker Sebastian Larson hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 60-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed by just four, 10-6, at halftime.
Junior Annie Frisbie won the girls’ race and senior Trent Powell took first in the boys’ race as the Wildcats swept the top two spots at the annual River Falls Extreme Cross Country Invite Thursday on the campus of UW-River Falls. Fourteen girls’ teams and 13 boys’ teams took part in the meet, which included a run through the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. Powell led the Wildcat boys to a second place team finish while Frisbie and the Wildcat girls finished third in the team standings. Rochester Mayo won the boys’ team title while Franklin took first in the girls’ competition.