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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Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams can earn at least shares of their respective Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships when they take on UW-Whitewater in a college basketball doubleheader Saturday at Karges Center. The Falcon women host the Warhawks at 3 p.m. while the men's game is scheduled for 5 p.m. The UWRF women can share the WIAC title with a win over Whitewater and a UW-Eau Claire victory over UW-Stevens Point. The Blugolds and Pointers square off at 3 p.m.
The Wildcat gymnastics team apparently likes performing on the balance beam in Hudson. The night of Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Cats had nine of ten JV and varsity gymnasts stay on the beam in a 139.3 to 132.8 Big Rivers Conference dual win over the Raiders. Saturday, Jan. 28, they had eight girls hit their routines on their way to sweeping the JV and varsity competition at the Hudson Invitational. "The beam success from our dual on Tuesday followed suit into the tournament," Wildcat coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis said.
Two nights after a goal-scoring party at home against Eau Claire North last Thursday, the Wildcat hockey team came up one goal short in a 4-3 loss at Big Rivers Conference co-leader Rice Lake last Saturday, Jan. 21. Nine different Wildcats scored goals and 12 Cats recorded at least one point in a 11-2 victory over Eau Claire North Thursday at Wildcat Centre.
The Menomonie boys' basketball team came to River Falls Jan. 17, as one of two undefeated teams in Big Rivers Conference play. It left with its first conference loss of the season. The Wildcats made sure of that by opening up a six-point halftime lead and taking care of the basketball down the stretch to hold off the Mustangs for a 52-49 victory. The loss dropped Menomonie to 4-1 in BRC play (7-5 overall) while evening the Wildcats' record at 3-3 against conference opponents. "That was a good win; handing Menomonie their first conference loss," River Falls coach Greg Gaulke said.
The Wildcat wrestling team posted a 39-30 victory over Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Jan. 12, before going 1-2 at the Stillwater Duals on Saturday. The Cats lost to Stillwater, 48-12, before wrestling to a 33-33 tie with Mahtomedi. Mahtomedi was awarded the victor based on number of matches won. River Falls then beat North St.
There were plenty of Wildcats on the awards podium at the River Falls Gymnastics Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the high school. For the first time the tournament was split into two divisions -- Gold and Silver. The Wildcat No. 1 team took first in the 8-team Gold Division with a team score of 140.3 while the Cats' No.
Wildcat boys basketball coach Greg Gaulke was much happier with his team's play last week. After two sluggish losses the week before, the Wildcats forced 18 turnovers in a come-from-behind 52-40 victory at Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Jan. 10, before giving Holmen all it could handle in a 51-50 overtime loss Friday night. "It was a good week; better than the week before," Gaulke said.
Wildcat boys' basketball coach Greg Gaulke didn't hide his disappointment with the Cats' 64-53 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson in the team's first game after the holiday break on Jan. 6. "We had good practices over the break and I thought we were prepared," he said. "But we didn't control the things we should control.
St. Croix Valley Fusion goaltender Kalli Armagost turns aside a shot in the first period of the Fusion's St. Croix Valley Fusion goaltender Kalli Armagost turns aside a shot in the first period of the Fusion's 4-3, overtime win at Hudson on Jan. 5. The Fusion won a pair of games last week to improve to 12-3-0 on the season. Read more about all the latest sports happenings in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Inductees into the inaugural class of the Wildcat Hall of Fame who were on hand for the unveiling of the new Hall of Fame display case Friday, Jan. 6, stand in front of their plaques in the high school commons at halftime of the boys' basketball game against Hudson. Kneeling are Grant Hanson and Pauly Cudd. Standing from left are Karyn Bye-Dietz, Kevin Black, Kirby Symes and Brenda (Johnson) Simone. The rest of the inaugural class included Duane Benedict, Steve Farley, Paul Wehking, Kate Peterson, Deb Timmerman, Ron Wunrow, Red Dawson and Roger Kuss. Bob Burrows photo