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 Wildcat boys' swimming and diving team isn't letting the grind of a long season get it down. Despite finishing eighth at the nine-team Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North Saturday, Jan. 19, the Cats continued to drop times as they head into the stretch run. Connor Barr shaved two seconds off his previous best time in the 500 yard freestyle and Seth Larsen had a season best in the 100 freestyle while Nathan Burke cut six seconds in the 100 backstroke in just his second appearance in the race this season.
The Wildcat boys' basketball team took a break from Big Rivers Conference action to make the long trip to Ashland Saturday, Jan. 19 and a lot of things happened while they were gone.
Wildcat gymnastics coach Lauren Kaminski said Saturday's Rice Lake Invitational wasn't one of the Cats' best meets of the season, but it was still a pretty solid showing. With Madison Berg out with injury and Isabelle Seyffer limited to just the bars and beam, the Cats had to fill two spots on the floor, one on the vault and one on bars. Still, they finished second in the 10-team field with a score of 134.1. Hudson took the team title with 134.65. "We had lots of girls step into new roles and they did a fantastic job," Kaminski said.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team lost to a pair of local rivals last week, dropping a 4-1 Big Rivers Conference decision at Hudson Thursday, Jan. 17, at home before a 4-2 road loss Saturday, Jan. 19, at New Richmond. Tenth-ranked Hudson scored two goals in each of the first two periods in its victory over the Cats Thursday night.
Women skaters sweep Point The fifth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team outscored UW-Stevens Point 15-1 to sweep a two-game series from the Pointers Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at Hunt Arena.
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.