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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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.
Seven individuals and one team will be inducted into the River Falls Wildcat Hall of Fame during the high school's homecoming weekend, Sept. 21-22. Athletes John Page, Russ Brown, Doug Branigan and Jennifer Keenan will join the hall along with coach Tom Linehan. Gerald "Bud' Manion will be honored as the Legacy inductee while Ed Cina is the 2018 Distinguished Citizen. The Wildcat 1976 baseball team will also be honored.
After defeating the La Crescent Cardinals 6-4, in the opening game of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs in Strum Friday, Aug. 10, the River Falls Fighting Fish and Osseo Merchants were locked in a scoreless tie through six innings in Sunday's second round before the Merchants scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to post a 4-0 victory. River Falls starter T.J. Wink allowed just two hits through the first six innings before he developed a finger blister in the seventh and the Merchants, champions of the Chippewa River Valley Baseball League, took advantage.
While the other teams were still sleeping or playing video games in their hotel rooms at the American Legion Class AA Baseball Tournament last week, the River Falls Post 121 team was out hiking the trails and bluffs around Baraboo. These players have spent the last four months doing those kinds of things together, dating back to the start of the high school season in March. It's part of what head coach Ryan Bishop calls River Falls Baseball, and culminated with the players celebrating an American Legion state championship together.
Seven individuals and one team will be inducted into the River Falls Wildcat Hall of Fame during the high school's homecoming weekend, Sept. 21-22. Athletes John Page, Russ Brown, Doug Branigan and Jennifer Keenan will join the hall along with coach Tom Linehan. Gerald “Bud' Manion will be honored as the Legacy inductee while Ed Cina is the 2018 Distinguished Citizen. The Wildcat 1976 baseball team will also be honored.
Despite winning the St. Croix Valley Baseball League North Division and finishing third overall in the 12-team league standings, the River Falls Fighting Fish earned a No. 3 seed in their four-team bracket for the opening round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Fish will open postseason play in Strum Friday, Aug. 10, against the No. 2 seed La Crescent Cardinals. The winner will face either the top-seeded Osseo Merchants or the No. 4 Medford Moon Dogs Sunday, Aug. 12, at noon for a berth in the eight-team WBA finals Aug. 17-19 in Osseo.
The River Falls Post 121 baseball team won its third state title in eight years with a 3-2 victory over New London in the title game of the Wisconsin American Legion Class AA State Baseball Tournament Tuesday, July 31, in Baraboo. Jake Lindsay went the distance on the mound and Braden Mork drove in two runs, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning, before River Falls turned double plays to end both the sixth and seventh innings to win their third one-run game of the tournament.
Braden Mork's two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Adam Feyereisen from second base to give River Falls Post a 2-1 victory over defending state champion Holmen at the Wisconsin American Legion Class AA State Tournament Sunday, July 29, in Baraboo. The win leaves River Falls as the only undefeated team at the double-elimination tournament and clinches a spot in the state title game Tuesday, July 31, at 4 p.m. They will play once-beaten New London Monday, July 30 at 4 p.m.
Bill Forster wasn't even sure he wanted the head football coaching job at River Falls High School after Tom Carroll stepped down in 1989. Now he's joining his predecessor in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Forster was one of 11 new members named to the WFCA Hall of Fame July 5. He'll be inducted at the WFCA annual banquet March 30, 2019 at the Marriott West in Middleton.