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 storybook tale of the River Falls Fighting Fish continues. Three years after moving to River Falls from Spring Valley in an effort to rejuvenate the franchise, the Fish have qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association Finals this weekend in Tomahawk. The Fish, champions of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League, clinched a spot in the 8-team finals with a pair of comeback victories over the weekend in Rib Lake.
It may be the start of the fall sports season, but members of the Wildcat cross country teams have been working in the heat and humidity all summer with the goal of trying to improve on their historic 2009 campaign. The Cats opened fall practice Monday and will kick off the season by hosting the popular River Falls Extreme Meet next Thursday, Aug. 26.
First-year Wildcat football coach Jason Wolf pumps up his team before an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning on the high school practice fields. Before the scrimmage, Wolf introduced the Wildcat coaching staff to parents and offered a summary of the types of offense and defense they will see on the field this year. The Wildcats kick off the season next Friday, Aug. 27, at home against the New Richmond Tigers at 7 p.m.
Nearly 700 riders from Wisconsin and Minnesota took part in the third annual Border Battle Bike Races Sunday, Aug. 8 at Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park, and thanks to a number of River Falls participants, Wisconsin retained bragging rights and the traveling trophy that goes to the winning state. The event features riders from the Wisconsin Off Road Series against Riders from the Minnesota State Championship Series in a full day of racing in categories ranging from beginner to elite.
Youngsters in the age 6-and-under category of the Kids' Race take off from the starting line at the third annual Border Battle Bike races Sunday, Aug. 7, at Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. While the Kids' Race was only a couple of hundred yards long, nearly 700 adults competed in a series of races ranging from 5 to 25 miles in the annual battle between riders from the Wisconsin Off Road Series and the Minnesota State Championship Series. See Sports, Page B1, in the Aug. 12 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
For the second time in three years, the River Falls Fighting Fish will travel to Rib Lake, about 30 miles north of Abbotsford, for the opening round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Fish drew the No. 1 seed in their bracket and will face the No. 4 seed Merrill Rangers Saturday at noon. Merrill finished 7-4 and tied for fifth place in the Dairyland League. A win Saturday would put River Falls against either defending state champion and No. 2 seed, the Eau Claire Bears, or the No.
Wildcat senior Baylen Rifleman gets his helmet adjusted by assistant coach Dan Wolf Monday morning in the school's auxiliary gym Monday morning. Football players were issued their equipment Monday and started practice Tuesday under the guidance of new head coach Jason Wolf and his staff. The Wildcats open the 2010 season Thursday, Aug. 26, at home against New Richmond.
Marty Herum of River Falls snapped a 10-10 tie with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to give the North team a 12-10 victory over the South in the 39th annual Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee Sunday. Herum, representing Fletcher-Pechacek Post 121 in River Falls, finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs batted in and a run scored.
Fighting Fish lefthander Rick Wells delivers a pitch to the plate on his way to a 15-strikeout, complete-game, 1-0 shutout victory over Hudson Saturday in River Falls. Read more in the Aug. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Seven River Falls wrestlers competed this summer as part of the Wisconsin National Team. Adam Figi was selected to wrestle as a member of the Wisconsin Junior National Dual Team that won a national title in Greco-Roman and placed fourth in Freestyle. Figi split time at his weight class, finishing with records of 1-1 in Greco-Roman and 3-1 in Freestyle. Six other wrestlers qualified for and competed in the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National last week in Fargo, N.D., as part of the Wisconsin National Team.