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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The only thing that was able to stop River Falls pitcher Joe Stoffel Tuesday. April 16, against Hudson was the pitch count. Stoffel threw 6-1/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Raiders before reaching the state-mandated limit of 100 pitches in a 6-1 Wildcat win in the first game of a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader in Hudson. The Cats also took the second game 2-1 to move to 4-0 in BRC play.
The Kinniator Adventure Challenge consisting of a 2-mile run, 9-mile kayak paddle and 11-mile bike ride, will take place Sunday, April 28, in River Falls.
The Wildcat softball team struggled to put runs on the board in three home games last week, falling to Baldwin-Woodville 16-2 Monday, April 8, and dropping a doubleheader to Hudson, 13-0 and 18-0, in their first Big Rivers Conference action of the season Tuesday, April 9. The Cats were supposed to travel to Wisconsin Dells for a tournament Saturday, April 13, but the games were cancelled due to the snow storm. They're scheduled to play a BRC doubleheader Thursday, April 18, in Menomonie and visit Prescott for a nonconference game Monday, April 22.
Lacrosse gets win in Iowa Gina Jablonski's sixth goal of the game with five minutes remaining capped an eight goal second half and gave the Falcon women's lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Clarke University Sunday, April 14, in Dubuque, Iowa. UWRF trailed 10-6 at halftime before outscoring the host Pride 8-3 in the second half and improve to 6-5-0 in its inaugural season.
The Wildcat boys' tennis team got a pair of matches in before winter's return last week, losing to Ashland 7-0 and beating Osceola 6-1 Tuesday, April 9, in Osceola. The Cats' Big Rivers Conference opener against Chippewa Falls, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, was cancelled due to snow as was the two-day Wausau West Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The Chippewa Falls match has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in River Falls while the Wausau West Invitational will be played Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
The River Falls seventh grade girls' basketball team participated in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament, co-hosted by D. C. Everest, Marathon and Wausau East, April 6-7. The elite tournament, which is organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 76 of the top community-based seventh grade girls basketball teams from across the state to play either 6 or 7 games over the two-day weekend. State champions were crowned in four divisions based on the enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds.
When Faye Perkins arrived at UW-River Falls in 1986, the softball field on campus was nothing more than a dirt infield with a chain-link fence backstop. "That was it," she said. "There was no outfield fence, there were no dugouts, no batting cages, no pitching warm-up area. We had to carry benches out from the Knowles Center to sit on." Perkins went on to coach the Falcons for 22 seasons, leading the team to six WIAC West Division championships, two conference titles, and three NCAA Tournament appearances while compiling a career record of 479-402-2.
Most people pack sunblock and bathing suits for their Christmas or spring break trips to Mexico. Jeff Cogbill and his son Aries pack baseball equipment. Lots of it. Cogbill and his son were in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun, over Christmas and again from March 15-21 to continue a mission the pair initiated after a 2010 trip to the island.
The sixth annual River Falls High School Boys Basketball Alumni Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at the high school. This year's tournament features over 40 players making up five teams from the classes of 2001 to 2019 registered to play. The tournament kicks off with two games Friday night beginning with the 2008-10 alumni facing the 2017-19 alumni at 7 p.m. and the 2001-05 team playing the 2010-13 team at 8 p.m.
The Wildcat baseball team opened the Big Rivers Conference season on a high note by sweeping defending conference champion Eau Claire North 11-3 and 2-1 in a doubleheader at First National Bank of River Falls Field Tuesday, April 9. The Cats broke open the first game with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning before making a two-run first inning stand up in the nightcap.