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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High School Track and Field Sam Fritz, Connor Hines, Jared Creen and Stefan Klechefski teamed up to take first place in the 4x200-meter relay and Chris Wright took second in the pole vault to lead the Wildcat boys track and field team to a fifth-place finish out of 24 teams at the elite Minnesota State University Showcase in Mankato, Minn., Saturday, April 1. The Wildcats finished with 42 points, just two points behind fourth place White Bear Lake. Elk River took the team title with 93 points followed by Stillwater with 68 and East Ridge with 63.
High School Baseball There's no doubt the Wildcat baseball team lost some key players from last year's 8-8 squad. But head coach Ryan Bishop said there are plenty of guys looking for their chance to shine in 2017. "The field is wide open and there are a lot of spots up for grabs," Bishop said. "Anytime you have that, it creates healthy competition among the players. I'm excited for the new opportunities our guys have coming into this year."
High School Golf The Wildcat boys' golf team opened the season by playing 54 holes over a four-day span in a variety of conditions. And if the results of the first week are any indication, they will be ready for anything that's thrown at them the rest of the year. The Cats won the two-day Western Wisconsin Invitational at Bristol Ridge in Somerset and Pheasant Hills in Hammond by three strokes last Friday and Saturday before finishing sixth out of 20 teams on a cold, windy Monday at the Hudson Invitational at Troy Burne.
The Wildcat boys' tennis team opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Baldwin-Woodville Thursday, April 6, in River Falls. The Wildcats swept the four singles matches and added a win at No. 3 doubles. At No. 1 singles, Hugo Schreckenberg, this year's French foreign exchange student, had a nice victory over B-W's Matt Berg.
BALDWIN — Property owners interested in making their land wildlife-friendly are invited to attend the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources annual "Habitat Handout Day" and receive free spruce trees, shrubs and seed for wildlife food plots. Distribution will begin at noon Saturday, April 15, at the Department of Natural Resources shop building, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin. Plants and seed will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested landowners are asked to bring their own buckets for seedling plants and seed.
The St. Croix Valley Baseball League has released its roster for the Barnstorming Game against the St. Paul Saints May 13, and with most of the league's younger players still committed to their college teams, the SCVBL lineup will feature a host of "hometown heroes" that have been entertaining their communities for years.
UW-River Falls junior Alex Herink of Hudson was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America third team last Thursday after earning NABC and D3hoops.com All-Central Region honors earlier in the week. The awards are the latest for Hudson High School's all-time leading scorer, who was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year after helping the Falcons win WIAC regular season and tournament titles and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
The Wildcat gymnastics team scored a season-high 139.4667 to finish second to defending champion Whitefish Bay at the WIAA Division 2 State Team Gymnastics Tournament Friday, March 3, in Wisconsin Rapids. Whitefish Bay won its second straight state title with a score of 140.7833 while River Falls finished as state runner-up for the second straight year.
Devin Buckley and Garrett Pearson hit back-to-back three-pointers to give UW-River Falls a six-point lead with 3:38 remaining and the Falcons held UW-La Crosse scoreless for the final 3:16 of the game on their way to a 68-55 victory over the Eagles in a WIAC Tournament semifinal Thursday, Feb. 23, at Karges Center.
After going undefeated in Big Rivers Conference dual meets this season, the Wildcat gymnastics team clinched its second straight conference title and seventh in the last nine years by posting a season-best score of 138.225 at the BRC Tournament last Friday in Hudson.