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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Bailey Reardon needed seven points against Ellsworth Friday night to reach 1,000 points for her career. It took her exactly 3 minutes and 7 seconds to get them. Reardon scored the first five points of the game, then hit a left handed layup that gave River Falls an 8-6 lead and brought the crowd in the Cat's Den to its feet.
Hudson scored two goals in each of the first two periods to post a 4-1 victory over River Falls in a Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey game Thursday, Jan. 17, in Hudson. Dylan Carr gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at the 11:49 mark of the first period, assisted by Easton Schultz, but the Wildcat tied it up just 39 seconds later on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Max Rotsaert. Zach Kochendorfer scored just before the end of the period to give the Raiders the lead for good, 2-1.
The Wildcat wrestling team used pins in seven of the 14 matches to roll to a 69-6 victory over Chippewa Falls and clinch at least a share of the Big Rivers Conference title Thursday night, Jan. 17, in River Falls. It's the first conference title for River Falls since 2006.
Hudson struck early, St. Croix Valley answered late and the rivals had to settle for a 1-1 tie in a Big Rivers Conference girls' hockey showdown Thursday night, Jan. 17, in River Falls.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team had its hands full against a pair of conference leaders on the road last week. Tuesday, Jan. 8, they visited Middle Border Conference leader Prescott, where the Cardinals handed the Cats a 68-50 loss. Friday, Jan. 11, they traveled to Chippewa Falls, the first place team in the Big Rivers Conference, where they dropped a 60-41 decision. The pair of losses dropped the Wildcats to 5-7 overall, 2-4 in the BRC.
River Falls High School Boys Basketball Jan. 19 Ashland A 3:00 Jan. 26 Eau Claire North A 2:00
The fifth-ranked Western Wisconsin Stars and the seventh-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion played a thriller at the Somerset Ice Arena Tuesday night, Jan. 15 but neither team went home happy as the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Fusion struck first in the game when leading scorer Abbie DeLong scored six minutes, 24 seconds into the action. The Stars matched that goal when the Williams sisters combined on a goal. Senior Jade Williams scored off an assist from her sister Bailey 13:15 into the first period.
Women skaters sweep Northland The sixth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team extended its winning streak to five with back-to-back shutouts over Northland College last weekend in Ashland. The Falcons topped Northland 5-0, Friday, Jan. 11, and 7-0 Saturday, Jan. 12, to improve to 15-2-0 on the season. Callie Hoff had a hat trick in Friday night's win while Abigail Stow and Alyson Niebur netted a goal each. Tatyana Delaittre needed just six saves to register her third shutout of the season as the Falcons outshot Northland 52-6.
After the Wildcat wrestlers won the team title at the New Richmond Invitational Jan. 5, head coach Kevin Black had one message for them. "We're showing improvement and everyone understands that we need to keep getting better if we're going to do what we'd like to at the end of the season," he said. So far, it looks like that message has been received.
After giving Big Rivers Conference leader Eau Claire North a run for its money in a 6-3 loss Thursday, Jan. 10, in Eau Claire, the Wildcat boys' hockey team rode a three-goal first period to a 4-1 victory over Providence Academy (Minn.) Saturday night, Jan. 12, at Wildcat Centre. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cats and puts them at 6-10-0 overall, 2-5-0 in BRC play, heading into a conference showdown with two-time defending state champion Hudson this Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in Hudson.