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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Former New Richmond Tiger Sam Altena and former Hudson Raider Alex Herink combined for five touchdowns in their college football debuts to lead the UW-River Falls Falcons to a 41-0 season-opening win over the University of Minnesota-Morris Saturday night, Sept. 1, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.
There have been a lot of memorable football games in the 100-year rivalry between Hudson and River Falls. This one is near the top of the list.
Hannah Harper fired a team-low score of 43 and two other Wildcats shot 47 to lead the River Falls' girls golf team to a first place finish at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match hosted by Hudson at Troy Burne. Harper's round of 43 was just two strokes behind medalist Lexie Meade of Eau Claire Memorial and one behind Sydney Brown of Eau Claire North.
Legendary UW-River Falls coach Mike Farley died Tuesday, Aug. 28, at his home in Arizona at the age of 84. His son Mike posted word of his father's passing on Facebook Tuesday night:
What does an All-American basketball player do when his four years of college eligibility are up? He goes out for the football team. That's what Hudson native Alex Herink is doing this fall at UW-River Falls. After leading the Falcon basketball team in scoring the last two seasons, and being named All-American and WIAC Player of the Year in 2017, Herink is suiting up as a 6-foot-7, 251-pound wide receiver this season for the Falcons.
Wildcat volleyball coach Sara Kealy knew going into the first week of the season that there would be a lot of questions about how to fill the holes left by the graduation of four all-conference seniors from last year's team. She got her answers. After opening the season with three wins at the St. Croix Central Quad Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Wildcats posted a perfect 7-0 record over the weekend to win the 40-team Menomonie Sprawl at UW-Stout. Kealy said all 12 players on the roster contributed to the team's opening week success.
The skies cleared just in time for River Falls and Ellsworth to kick off at Fuller-Symes Field Friday night, Aug. 24. Then the Wildcats provided some thunder and lightening of their own. Logan Graetz hit Jared Creen for a 61-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Adam Feyereisen picked off Ellsworth's Cole Woodland on the Panther's very first play and the Wildcats were off to the races on their way to 49-12 victory.
First National Bank of River Falls Field will host its very first concert when the River Falls Baseball Council presents the Grand Slam Jam Saturday, Sept. 8. The day-long music festival will feature the Gear Daddies with special guests 4onthefloor along with Firewater Gospel Choir and Easy Hour. RFBC president Greg Peters said it's been a goal of the council to host a concert ever since the ballpark opened in 2014. And he believes they've found the perfect lineup for the Grand Slam Jam.
Not everyone appreciates the uniqueness of the River Falls cross country team's annual Extreme Meet. “It's definitely a hit or miss,” Wildat senior Elsa Putzier said about the Cat’s season opener, which took place Thursday, Aug. 23, on the campus of UW-River Falls. “ Some teams love it and some teams don't want to come. But our team really loves it.”
The River Falls High School cross country team's season starts Thursday, Aug. 23, when the Wildcats will host their annual Extreme Meet on the campus of UW-River Falls. And this year the team is offering spectators a chance to see what it's like to run through the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. The race starts and ends on the UWRF intramural fields and consists of two laps with each lap consisting of two sections that take runners across and through the South Fork behind the UWRF power plant.