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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The UW-River Falls women’s hockey team claimed the inaugural WIAC championship by defeating UW-Stevens Point, 5-1, in the WIAC Tournament title game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena. “We were the first team to win the NCHA Tournament championship and now we are the first team to win the WIAC Tournament title.
The River Falls High school gymnastics team finished third at the WIAA Division 2 State Championship Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids Friday night. Whitefish Bay won its third state title in the last four years with a score of 144.5. Mount Horeb took second with 141.582 while defending state champion River Falls placed third with 138.667. Franklin won the Division 1 state title for the fourth straight season with a score of 147.285. The State Gymnastics Championships continue Saturday with the individual competition beginning at approximately 11:10 a.m.
Onalaska scored four unanswered goals, including the game-winner four minutes into overtime, to defeat the St. Croix Valley Fusion, 4-3, in a semifinal game at the WIAA Girls Hockey Championship Tournament in Madison Friday afternoon. St.
After a two-year absence, the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey team is returning to the WIAA State Hockey Tournament after defeating Superior, 5-0, in a sectional semifinal Friday night, Feb. 28, in New Richmond. Andrea Eliason had a hat trick, Carlie Christensen made 30 saves and the Fusion converted on 4 of 6 power play opportunities to win the fourth sectional title in program history. St.
The River Falls High School gymnastics team will look to defend its state title when it returns to the WIAA State Team Gymnastics Tournament next Friday, March 7, in Wisconsin Rapids. The Wildcats qualified for their 12<sup>th</sup> straight state tournament appearance by taking first place at the Division 2 sectional meet in Arcadia Thursday night, Feb. 27.
Wildcat seniors Darius Wright and Sebastian Larson both had to dig deep to earn their trips to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Wright had to beat last year’s third-place state winner in his semifinal on his way to a sectional runner-up finish at 152 pounds while Larson had to win two matches to come back and earn second place after losing in the semifinals at 182 pounds. Both will compete at the state meet that begins Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Wildcat head coach Kevin Black said both worked hard to earn their trips to state. “Nothing came easy, and both
The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls’ hockey team moved one game closer to returning to the state tournament as Allie DeMotts, Andrea Elisaon and Hanna Zevenbergen scored a goal each and Ms. Hockey Wisconsin finalist Carlie Christensen stopped all 36 shots she faced in a 3-0 victory over the defending state champion Hayward/Spooner Hurricanes in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday night, Feb. 25, in Baldwin. The second-seeded Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central/Glenwood City/Boyceville) will play No. 5 Superior in the sectional final this Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.
With heavy snow expected to begin falling in Western Wisconsin this afternoon, the WIAA has rescheduled area boys and girls hockey playoff games scheduled for tonight (Feb. 20). Both the Hudson and River Falls High School boys and girls teams’ regional final games, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, have been moved back a day because of the snow. Hudson’s boys will now play Spooner at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Gornick Arena in Hudson with the Raider girls facing Chippewa Falls at 7 p.m., also at Gornick. The River Falls boys will play at Somerset at 2:30 p.m.
Senior Luke Murphy scored 27 points to become River Falls’ all-time scoring leader and lead the Wildcat boys’ basketball team to a 64-47 victory over Eau Claire North Tuesday night, Feb. 18, at the high school gym. Murphy needed four points going into the game to break the record of 1,306 points set by Jake Voeltz (2003-06). After scoring the Cats’ first basket on a layup, he set the record with a three-pointer from the corner midway through the first quarter. Murphy currently has 1,330 career points, 550 of those coming this season to set the Wildcats’ single-season scoring record.
High school senior Karlie Place committed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and classmate Trent Powell gave his commitment to Colorado State University in a ceremony at River Falls High School Monday morning. Place will head to UW-Milwaukee to compete in track and field while Powell will run cross country at Colorado State. Powell clocked the fastest time ever by a Wildcat runner on his way to a fourth place finish at the 2013 WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids.