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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River Falls outscored Eau Claire Memorial 31-13 in a 12-minute span of the second half to break open a close game and defeat the Old Abes 67-52 Thursday night, Feb. 14, at the Cat’s Den.
River Falls High School Boys Basketball Feb. 14 Eau Claire Memorial H 7:15 Feb. 21 Chippewa Falls A 7:15
Fifth-seeded River Falls scored four goals in the final 3 minutes, 53 seconds before running out of time in a 7-6 loss to No. 4 New Richmond in a WIAA regional boys’ hockey final Thursday, Feb. 14, in New Richmond. The Tigers scored a power play goal 2:40 into the third period to open up a commanding 6-2 lead, but with their season on the line the Wildcats never let up, scoring three goals in a span of 1:31 late to make it a one goal game.
Three River Falls swimmers-- Taylor Matter, Logan McLaughlin and Ellery Ottem-- competed with the Hudson-based Mako Aquatics team at the 39th annual Schroeder A+ Meet in Brown Deer Feb. 1-3. After a week marred by practice cancellations due to snow and bitter cold, Mako swimmers had an outstanding meet with many personal best times and 19 new team records. Mako Aquatics recorded an impressive eighth place finish out of 41 teams.
The First National Bucks was the winning fourth grade team in the River Falls Mini-NBA Tournament for third and fourth graders hosted by the River Falls School District Feb. 2. Team members included, from left, Caden Ertz, coach Lori Johnson, Sawyer Deiss, Cullen Johnson, and Marshall Friese. Photo courtesy of Kevin Deiss.
It looks like the River Falls football team will be putting on a lot of miles beginning with the 2020 season, and head coach David Crail isn't happy about it. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association released its final recommendation for a football-only conference realignment plan last week that would move the Wildcats out of the Big Rivers Conference and into the Mississippi Valley Conference beginning with the 2020 season. The WIAA Board of Control is expected to approve the plan at its March 1 meeting.
Tye Kusilek scored the only goal of the first period to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, but Chippewa Falls scored three times in the second period and another in the third to hand the Cats a 4-1 loss in a Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey game Saturday, Feb. 9, in Chippewa Falls. River Falls dominated the first period, outshooting the Cardinals 20-7 and taking a 1-0 lead on Kusilek's goal at the 8:38 mark, assisted by Nick Longsdorf,
Junior Connor Baar and sophomore Seth Larsen will represent River Falls at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend after qualifying at the sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 9, in Stevens Point. Baar placed second in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 5.9 seconds to earn his spot at state while Larsen advanced with a fourth place time of 22.62 seconds in the 50 freestyle. The Wildcats finished fourth at the 10-team sectional with 231 points, just 11 points behind third-place Menomonie. Rhinelander won the team title with 377.
River Falls senior Josie Bartishofski became the first female wrestler in Wisconsin history to win a WIAA regional title and 11 Wildcats reached the semifinals as the Cats claimed their first regional team championship since 2001 at the Chippewa Falls regional Saturday, Feb. 9.
Rice Lake had no answer for River Falls' sophomore Zac Johnson Friday night, Feb. 8. Johnson hit 6-of-9 three-pointers and finished 10-of-15 from the field on his way to a 26 point night to lead the Wildcats to a 67-43 Big Rivers Conference win over the Warriors in Rice Lake. Johnson hit four three-pointers in the first half as the Cats raced out to a 30-15 lead.