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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Softball splits at St. Mary's Kaia Dorn homered and doubled in the first game and the Falcons scored 10 runs to back Payton Speckel's seventh win of the season, Ali Krohn singled in two runs and scored but that was all the scoring UWRF could muster in the nightcap as the Falcons split a doubleheader with St. Mary's Thursday, March 29, in Winona. The games were originally scheduled to be played at UWRF's Ramer Field but were moved to Winona due to unplayable field conditions.
The Wildcat track and field teams continued their strong indoor seasons with the boys taking second place and the girls placing fourth at the 20-plus team Minnesota State University-Mankato Varsity Showcase Saturday, March 31, in Mankato.
The River Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a Run, Rock and Glow 5K Run Saturday, April 21, at the high school. Registration begins at 7 p.m. with the Kids Fun Run around 7:30 p.m. amd 5K starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the RFHS FBLA club and other community charities. To register for the events, go to AndersonRaces.com. For more information, contact Olivia Campbell at email@example.com .
River Falls High School Powerlifting Club head coach Jeremy Carlson had high expectations for the 14 lifters the club sent to the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals in Appleton March 22-25. They didn't disappoint. Twelve of the 14 competitors placed in their respective weight classes, six finished in the top three, and two—Hailee Markey and Jack Bond—became national champions.
The Meyer Middle School trap shooting team completed its first week of practice with 56 participants from grades 5-8 taking part in the fourth year of the program. All participants were required to attend an introduction to trap shooting night where kids are taught trap shooting range rules and etiquette and all guns are inspected and fitted. The team has 16 volunteer coaches, led by head coaches Belinda Hopp and Craig Rogaczewski, who teach the kids safety, rules of the range and tips to become better shooters.
If this is how the River Falls track and field teams perform with many of their athletes away on spring break, imagine how good they'll be when they get everybody back. The Wildcat boys, highlighted by a record-setting effort by junior Jared Creen in the long jump, captured first place at the season opening All-American Indoor Invitational Saturday, March 24, while the girls finished fourth in the 12-team field events.
Kate Peterson Abiad, an inaugural member of the River Falls Wildcat Hall of Fame, has been named Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson announced Tuesday, March 20. Peterson Abiad was most recently head women's basketball coach at Cleveland State University and formerly was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin.
Mother Nature's been a little fickle so far this spring, but that hasn't stopped River Falls High School student-athletes from preparing for their respective upcoming seasons. The Wildcat boys tennis and boys golf teams held their first practices Monday, March 26, the last of the high school's six spring programs to begin workouts. Weather permitting, most teams will begin competition next week.
The UW-River Falls volleyball program has announced the dates for its camps to be offered for summer 2017. UWRF has a strong summer volleyball camp tradition with each camp providing great teaching, exposure to competition and skill enhancement. All beginning, intermediate and advanced players are invited to attend.
Senior Jaxon Knotek earned Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year honors for the second straight season to lead three Wildcats named to 2017-18 All-BRC Boys Basketball teams by the conference coaches last week.