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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Maxamillian Xiong fired 72 to tie for second place and lead the Wildcat boys’ golf team to a fourth place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, May 16, at Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls. The Cat’s fourth place tournament finish, combined with the results of the six regular season conference matches, left them in fourth place in the final BRC standings.
Joe Stoffel was angry after the Wildcats blew a five run lead in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Chippewa Falls Tuesday, May 14. The loss not only spoiled the Wildcat’s perfect record in the Big Rivers Conference but threw a wrench into their plans for a BRC championship
Hudson received the No. 5 seed and River Falls the No. 14 seed in the Section 1 softball bracket released Thursday, May 16, by the WIAA.
Braedon Harer shot a 39 to finish just outside of the top five but no other Wildcat broke 40 as the Cats placed fourth at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match at Troy Burne Tuesday, May 7. River Falls finished with a team score of 164 while host Hudson extended its lead in the conference standings with a first place score of 155. Eau Claire Memorial was one stroke behind with 156 and Rice Lake was third with 158.
Stefan Klechefski won two individual titles and helped the 4x200-meter relay team to another as the Wildcat boys' track and field team successfully defended its Big Rivers Conference title at the BRC Meet Monday, May 13, at Eau Claire North. Jared Syverson and Mason Shea also claimed individual titles and the Cats won three of the four relays on their way to a first place team total of 169 points, 40 points better than second place Menomonie.
The Wildcat baseball team is right where it wants to be at this point of the season. The Cats have won 12 straight gameS and sit at 12-2 overall, 10-0 and in first place in the Big Rivers Conference, and have earned a No. 1 seed in their WIAA Regional. But before they get too far ahead of themselves they have a pair of crucial games this week against the only other undefeated team in the conference-- Chippewa Falls. The Cardinals are 8-0 in BRC play and still have two games left against Eau Claire North (6-2) in addition to their matchup with River Falls.
Chippewa Falls scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score then got the game-winner in the bottom of the tenth to hand River Falls its first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season, 6-5, Tuesday, May 14, in Chippewa Falls.
The young Wildcat girls' soccer team dropped its second game of the season to Big Rivers Conference leader Hudson last Tuesday, May 7. But for 75 minutes at least, River Falls coach Charles Conley thought the Cats went toe-to-toe with the Raiders. "They are a senior laden team, with a ton of experience and time playing together," Conley said after the 4-0 loss. "They are really good this year and I always tell my teams, as long as we walk off of the field proud of how we played, the result doesn't matter."
After picking up two points in a non-conference loss to Amery Monday, May 6, the Wildcat boys' tennis team ended the regular season with a 7-0 loss to 24-time Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, May 7, at the high school courts. Chris Beadles posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles Monday against Amery and Alexander Koehn and Paul Lindall squeaked out a 7-6 (7), 5-7, 10-8 win at No. 2 doubles but Amery held off the Cats for the 5-2 team win.
Putting together a lineup early in the season can be challenging for a town ball team while many of its players are still playing college ball. But the River Falls Fighting Fish saw some good things from a pair of newcomers in their season-opening win over the Anoka Bucs Saturday, May 11, at First National Bank of River Falls Field.