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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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."
Wildcat sophomore Kylie Strop and junior Bailey Reardon have been named to 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Basketball teams by the conference coaches. Strop was named to the five-player All-BRC Second Team while Reardon was one of seven players to receive Honorable Mention. It's the second BRC honor for Strop and the third for Reardon.
UW-Eau Claire's Mariah Czech scored 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blugolds to a 3-2 victory over UW-River Falls in the WIAC women's hockey O'Brien Cup championship game at Hunt Arena Saturday, March 3. The loss ended UWRF's streak of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances while sending Eau Claire to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.
Senior forward Kamryn Jacobs headlines a list of five St. Croix Valley Fusion players who have been named to 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams by the conference coaches. Jacobs was named to the All-BRC First Team for the third straight season while junior forward Anna Albrightson earned honorable mention for the third time and sophomore forward Taylar Meier received honorable mention for the second straight year. Senior forward Maddie Schultz and sophomore goalie Sydney Seeley both received honorable mention for the first time.
Wildcat wrestling coach Kevin Black hopes Mitchell Williamson, Nathan Fuller and Chance Kamrowski sent a message to the rest of the team at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.
The Wildcat gymnastics team will be making what's become an annual late winter trip to Wisconsin Rapids this weekend when it competes in its 17th straight WIAA State Gymnastics Championships. River Falls kept its streak alive by winning a Division 2 sectional title last Saturday, Feb. 24, in West Salem with a season high score of 142.425. They will be joined by second place West Salem (140.125) at the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team came up short in its bid for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 59-44 loss at UW-Stevens Point in the WIAC Tournament Championship game Sunday, Feb. 25, in Stevens Point. The fourth-seeded Falcons advanced to the title game with a 79-68 win over No. 5 UW-Whitewater Wednesday, Feb. 21, at home and a 71-66 victory over regular season champion and top-seeded UW-Platteville Friday, Feb. 23, in Platteville.