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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Karly Murphy of River Falls is one of four members of the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team to earn spots on All-Horizon League teams for the 2017-18 season. Murphy, a 2016 River Falls High School graduate and redshirt freshman at UWGB, was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team. She started 28 of Green Bay's 29 games entering last week's Horizon League tournament, averaging 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot, 1-inch forward shot 49.5 percent from the field this season, second on the team.
MADISON—University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the defending regular-season and tournament champion, has been tabbed to win the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) softball championship, according to a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
River Falls High School's Zac Johnson has qualified for the WIAA Boys Basketball 3-Point Challenge. Johnson, a freshman guard for Wildcat head coach Zac Campbell, qualified as one of the top three-point shooters among all WIAA Division 2 players in the state during the regular season. Johnson made 50-of-104 attempts (48.1 percent) during the Wildcats' 24-game regular season, tops in the Big Rivers Conference. He finished the season averaging 12.1 points per game for the Wildcats, who finished 15-9 overall, 8-4 and in second place in the BRC.
The UW-River Falls Athletic Department will host a Trivia Night Saturday, March 24, at Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, 414 S. Main St., River Falls. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with free appetizers for all participants. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be four rounds of trivia, each with a different theme—"River Falls" trivia, "Sports" trivia, "Music" trivia and "Potpourri" (random trivia).
The team, Handy Man Plus, won the championship of the River Falls Parks and Recreation Men's League this season. Team members include, front row from left, Joe Lenzen, Clint St. John, Nick St. John and Cody Holden. Back row, Brady Flaherty, Luke Knoble, Goran Pesic, Dustin Oesau and Tyler Turner. Submitted photo
The River Falls Youth Hockey Association Squirt C hockey team got a visit from high school mascot Wiley Wildcat at its final practice of the season last week. Pictured with Wiley are team members Greysyn Pace, Eli Klumb, Finn Olson, Lucas Blair, Carter Larsen, Ethan Campus, Carter Serene, Chase Weissinger, Jake Weiss, Walter Sayler, and Gage Brunkhorst. Photo courtesy of Amy Jenkins
After storming back for a 59-52 victory over No. 4 seed Tomah in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Friday, March 2, the fifth-seeded Wildcat boys basketball team couldn't keep up with defending state champion and top seed La Crosse Central the next night and saw its season send with a 70-52 loss to the Red Raiders. Friday night the Wildcats trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half before rallying for their seventh straight win.
UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink is a repeat selection to the All-WIAC First Team while classmate Brennan Witt earned honorable mention and senior Devin Buckley was named to the All-Sportsmanship team, the conference announced last week. Herink, a Hudson native, led the Falcons in scoring for the second straight season with an average of 15.4 points per game. His 39 three-pointers and 114 free throws were both the most by any Falcon and he was the team's second-leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 per contest.
Sam Krueger said she wasn't nervous until awards time came around at the WIAA Individual State Gymnastics Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, March 3, in Wisconsin Rapids.
Riding through downtown River Falls on top of a fire truck never gets old for Wildcat gymnastics coach Lauren Kaminski. Kaminski made four of those trips as a gymnast with the Wildcats from 2002-05, one as an assistant coach, and the last three years as head coach, including this past Sunday, March 4, after the Cats earned their third straight runner-up trophy at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships. "That's eight out of the 10 years I've been involved," she said. "That's really cool to get to experience, and really fun for the girls to experience."