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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In front of nearly 1,000 fans, including 50 former Falcons honored at halftime, on senior night, in the final regular season game ever at the the 58 year-old Karges Center, the seventh-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team defeated No. 18 UW-Whitewater, 68-63, to win the 2016-17 WIAC regular season championship. Junior Alex Herink of Hudson had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and seniors Garrett Pearson and Grant Erickson scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, as the Falcons clinched their first WIAC championship since 2004.
Not many small towns in America can boast of having three former high school teammates all playing professional baseball. But River Falls can.
Sophomore Chance Kamrowski won the 195-pound title to lead the Wildcats wrestling team to a fifth-place finish at the 12-team Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge Saturday in River Falls.
Devin Buckley scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and the fourth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team erased a 12-0 deficit at the start to extend its' school-record winning streak to 17 games with a 73-59 over UW-La Crosse Wednesday night, Feb. 1, at Karges Center. UWRF trailed by one, 27-26, at the break before Buckley scored 11 straight points to open the second half on three three-pointers and a layup to give the Falcons a 39-36 lead.
Boys Basketball Not this time. After losing to Hudson, 74-69, on their home court in the third game of the season, the Wildcat boys' basketball team had a little extra incentive going into Friday night's game in Hudson. And they used that motivation to roll to a 75-60 victory over the Raiders to earn a season split with their local rivals. River Falls' coach Zac Campbell said his team was as prepared and motivated for the rematch with Hudson as it has been for any game this season.
The fifth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team matched its longest winning streak in program history with a 70-58 victory over UW-Stout Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Karges Center.
Wildcat wrestling coach Kevin Black admits he's been pushing his team hard. Thursday night, Jan. 12, against Chippewa Falls it paid off. River Falls posted five come-from-behind victories in its 47-22 Big Rivers Conference win over the Cardinals. And it came after what Black described as two very tough weeks of training.
Four games in six days didn't faze the seventh-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion last week.The Fusion outscored their opponents 18-4 while earning three wins and a tie, including a 7-1 shellacking of Chippewa Falls/Menomonie in their Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday.
Junior Mitchell Williamson finished second at 285 pounds and junior Michael Rebozo took third at 120, but no other Wildcat reached the semifinals as the Cats finished in seventh place in Division 1 at the 32nd annual Northern Badger Wrestling Classic Dec. 29-30 at the high school.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team gave its fans an early Christmas present with a 47-41 victory over La Crosse Central last Thursday at home to snap a seven-game losing streak to start the season.