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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Rice Lake scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period that proved to be the difference as the Warriors spoiled the Wildcat hockey team's home opener with a 5-3 victory Thursday, Nov.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team couldn't overcome a pair of early double-digit deficits last week, losing at Altoona, 48-43 Tuesday, Nov. 27 and falling to Durand, 52-35, Friday, Nov. 30, at home. The Cats return to action at home this Friday, Dec. 7, in the first game of a doubleheader with Rice Lake at 5:45 p.m. Last Tuesday at Altoona, the Wildcats were held scoreless in the first quarter and fell behind 13-0.
The Wildcat boys swim and dive team kicked off the 2012-13 season with a fifth place finish at the nine-team Chippewa Falls Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 1. Head coach Kirk Gednalske said the team looked good in its first meet of the season. "We've had a great start to the season," he said. "Three weeks of focused practice helped us to some great first swims. A few of the guys beat their best times from last season.
First-year Wildcat hockey coach saw a little bit of everything from his team last week. High-energy in a 7-1 season-opening win over Baldwin-Woodville, lackluster play in a 4-1 loss to Somerset, and three solid periods in a 6-2 victory over Amery. When the week was over, the Wildcats had a record of 2-1 heading into their Big Rivers Conference and home opener Thursday, Nov.
The UW-River Falls women's basketball team ran its winning streak to three straight with a 68-34 home victory over Martin Luther College last Tuesday, Nov. 20, and a 78-61 win over St. Benedict Monday, Nov. 26 at Karges Center. The Falcons, now 3-1, travel to Duluth to face the College of St. Scholastica Wednesday, Nov. 28, before returning home Saturday, Dec. 1, to open WIAC play against UW-Platteville. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. following the Falcon men's basketball team's 3 p.m.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team nearly made it a clean sweep at its annual Thanksgiving Invitational last week. After defeating the Northern Wisconsin (Siren) Blizzard, 3-2, on a last-second goal by McKayla Custer Wednesday night Nov. 21, and topping the Cap City (Sun Prairie) Cougars, 4-1, Friday, Nov. 25, the Fusion took the defending sectional champion Hayward/Spooner Hurricanes to overtime Saturday before dropping a 3-2 decision. "I was happy with the girls and their performance in this tournament," head coach Matt Cranston said.
Alex Call just completed his senior season of high school football at River Falls by being named to the All-Big Rivers Conference team at three different positions. And football isn't even his best sport. Call took time before Wildcat basketball practice last Wednesday afternoon to officially commit to attend college and play baseball at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., beginning next fall.
After winning three straight state championships from 2010-12, this week the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team begins its quest to return to the WIAA State Tournament. And they will be challenged right off the bat. The Fusion, who finished 16-10-1 last season and reached the WIAA sectional final for the fifth straight year, open the 2012-13 season by hosting three of last year's top ten teams at its annual Thanksgiving Invite in Baldwin. The Fusion, a cooperative team consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St.
The balance the Wildcat football team displayed this season was evident in the Cats' inclusion on the 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference football teams. The Cats earned nods at seven different offensive positions, four different defensive spots, and two on special teams. Two players -- seniors Tiano Pupungatoa and Alex Call -- earned multiple spots on the All-BRC teams.
Mike Kealy is no stranger to River Falls hockey. A former Wildcat himself, Kealy has coached at every level of the River Falls Youth Hockey Association, including guiding Pee Wee and Bantam teams to state titles in 2004 and 2005, and serving as RFYHA board president from April, 2009 to April 2012. So when Kealy stepped on the ice as the Wildcats' new head coach Monday, Nov. 5, he was more than ready for the job. "I've wanted this for so long," Kealy said. "Monday, the first day of practice, I realized it's finally real.