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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Four years ago the Wildcat volleyball team was just happy to win a playoff match. Two years ago they won their first Big Rivers Conference title in 21 years. This year they're coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances, including a state runner-up finish last year. Pressure?
MADISON-- Defending Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) champion UW-Oshkosh has been picked to win the 2018 football championship based on a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
The Wildcat volleyball team got off to a good start to the season by going 3-0 at the St. Croix Central Quad Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Hammond. River Falls defeated Osceola 25-3, 25-11, St. Croix Central 25-11, 25-18 and Stanley Boyd 25-12, 25-14.
The Wildcat girls' tennis team opened the 2018 season after graduating seven of its 10 starters from last year, but that didn't stop it from placing second in its first tournament of the season at the Osceola Invitational Wednesday, Aug. 15. “Overall, I was impressed and proud of the girls,” second-year head coach Chad Forde said. “We saw a lot of great things and were able to pick out things we wanted to work on.”
On the very first play of the very first game of the season against New Richmond Friday night, Aug.17, River Falls quarterback Logan Graetz was sacked for a 9-yard loss. And he wouldn't have had it any other way.
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.
Hannah Harper's round of 89 was good enough for fourth place individually but no other Wildcat broke 100 as the Cats placed second at the seven-team New Richmond Invitational Wednesday, Aug. 15. Jaden Woiwode shot a 102 to place tenth as the Cats finished with a team score of 406, nine strokes better than third place Eau Claire Memorial. Host New Richmond ran away with the team title on their home course with 359.
It may still be the dog days of summer, but student-athletes at River Falls High School are kicking off their respective fall sports seasons. The big game on the agenda is the Wildcat football team's season opener against the New Richmond Tigers this Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcats have been practicing since Aug. 1 and took part in a scrimmage in Osceola last Friday, Aug. 10.
Second-year River Falls football coach David Crail promised one thing to Wildcat fans who turn out to watch this Friday's season opener against New Richmond. "They're going to see a team that's raring to go," he said. "I know that." The Wildcats return a host of starters from last year, including all the skill positions on offense and most of the defense with the exception of a few lineman. He said those players, also with the newcomers, have been working since the day the 2017 season ended to improve on the team's 2-7 record.
Hannah Harper shot a team-low score of 86 and four River Falls players finished in the top ten to lead the Wildcat girls' golf team to a first place finish at the season-opening Eau Claire North Invitational Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Mill Run. Harper's 86 was good for fourth place and Makaylin Harer placed sixth with 93 while Madison Grundstrom took eighth with a 97 and Jaden Woiwoide was tenth with a 99.