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 football team scored on its first two possessions of the game and the defense held Missouri Baptist to negative-26 rushing yards in a 30-3 Falcon win in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday, Sept. 16, in St. Louis. Michael Diggins rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and Travon Hearns tossed a pair of touchdown passes as UWRF improved to 2-1 heading into its bye week. The Falcons will open WIAC play Saturday, Sept. 30, at UW-Eau Claire.
Eau Claire Memorial needed a 55-yard bomb midway through the fourth quarter to snap a 7-7 tie, then recovered a fumble in the end zone in the final minute, to defeat River Falls, 21-7 in Big River Conference football game at Carson Park Friday, Sept. 15. The win kept the Old Abes undefeated at 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the BRC, while River Falls slipped to 0-5, 0-3 in conference play.
There are plenty of reasons to love UW-River Falls' new Don Page Arena, but Falcon volleyball coach Patti Ford came up with a new one after her team played the first-ever game at the new facility. "I was thinking that if we were playing in Karges it would have been sopping wet in there," she said, referring to the hot, humid night. "So the fact we get to play in a nice air conditioned facility is just another thing to love about it."
River Falls football coach David Crail said the Wildcats have some work to do after slipping to 0-4 on the season with a 41-6 loss to Rice Lake Friday night, Sept. 8, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.
After turning the ball over five times in a four-point loss to Coe College in its season opener the week before, the UW-River Falls football team wasn't going to let another game slip away Saturday, Sept. 9, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. After building a 20-6 lead, UWRF turned the ball over twice on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions, and while Gustavus was able to convert the second giveway into a touchdown, it was too-little-too-late as the Falcons held on for a 20-12 victory.
After the Wildcat volleyball team dropped its first set of the season, 21-25, to Benilde-St. Margaret at the Irondale (Minn.) Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9, head coach Sara Kealy told the team in the huddle that she loved the situation they were in. "They all looked at me like I was crazy," Kealy said. "What coach likes to see their team lose?"
Wildcat girls tennis coach Chad Forde said the Cats' 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory at Rice Lake Thursday, Aug. 31, was by far the team's most solid match of the season. "Having great forehands and backhands are nice, but having mental toughness and physical fitness are even more powerful," Forde said. "This was our first match of the season where the girls put all three of those together and it makes the second half of the season really exciting."
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Athletic Department has announced an expanded partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics. Through this expanded partnership, TCO will support Falcon Athletics with three Certified Athletic Trainers to provide sports medicine coverage to 17 varsity sports and approximately 350 student-athletes.
The Wildcat boys soccer team had its hands full in its first two matches of the season last week and came away on the short end of both scores. The Cats dropped a 1-0 decision to 2016 state tournament qualifier Rice Lake Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Rice Lake, before falling 3-1 to perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial at home Thursday, Aug. 31. Junior co-captain Jared Syverson put River Falls on the board first against the Old Abes with a goal in the 10th minute assisted by senior midfielder Nolan Young.
The Wildcat football team posted its highest point total of the season and the most points Menomonie has allowed this year, but the seventh-ranked Mustangs pulled away for a 41-20 victory in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 1, in Menomonie. River Falls trailed 14-7 in the first half and 28-14 in the second but couldn't get any closer.