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 road to another Wisconsin American Legion Class AA state championship got a little tougher for River Falls Post 121 over the weekend. River Falls, the defending Class AA state champs, had its 10-game winning streak snapped in the first round of the double-elimination regional tournament in Black River Falls Friday, July 19, with a 5-4, extra-inning loss to New Richmond.
River Falls Post 121 scored four runs in the fourth inning to tie the score but New Richmond pushed the winning run across in the top of the eighth to earn a 5-4 victory in the first round of the Class AA American Legion Regional Tournament in Black River Falls Friday, July 19.
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team will take a 10-game winning into this weekend’s regional playoffs after dispatching of St. Paul Park 11-1 in its final game of the regular season Tuesday, July 16, at First National Bank of River Falls Field.
The annual River Falls Days Parade was Friday evening, July 12. The 45th annual River Falls Days festival kicked off with a fireworks show Thursday night, July 11, and continued throughout the weekend with a variety of events celebrating this year's theme: The Greatest Show on the Kinni. Scroll through photos from the event above.
Jaxin Larson approaches life the same way he approaches baseball. "You always have to be ready to go and know your job when you're called on," he said. That attitude has served him well since learning that he's heading to Afghanistan with his Army National Guard unit this week. "I knew that there was a good possibility I would be going," he said. "I got the phone call about three weeks ago. I was in Joey Davis' basement and they said you're going, and I said I was up for it. This is what I signed up for."
Over 200 runners took to the streets of River Falls for the annual River Falls Days 10K and 2-Mile races early Saturday morning July 12. A pair of Wildcat cross country runners stole the show in the 2-Mile Run while a former Wildcat took the overall title in the 10K.
People watch from the plaza at First National Bank of River Falls Field as fireworks explode over Hoffman Park to kick off the city’s 45th River Falls Days festival Thursday night, July 11. The fireworks display, previously held on Sunday evening, lit up the sky Thursday at dusk to kick off the weekend and celebrate this year's theme: The Greatest Show on the Kinni. Activities continue throughout the weekend, including the centerpiece of the annual celebration, the annual River Falls Days Parade, Friday, July 12, on North Main and Second streets at 6:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and acted on committee recommendations impacting winter sports at its June meeting last week. The board voted to increase the maximum number of basketball games permitted in a season from 22 to 24 at the varsity level only beginning in 2020-21. The other change clarifies that individual participation limits will be determined strictly by number of halves. The maximum number of halves a student-athlete may participate in during a season remains unchanged at 66.
There's no doubt the future looks bright for the Wildcat girls' soccer team, and that was reflected in the Cat's presence on the 2019 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Four freshmen were among the seven players honored, including twins Lexi and Lindsey Szymanski, who joined junior Mady Shew on the All-BRC First Team. Freshman Liv Nelson earned a spot on the second team while freshman Riley Nesbitt, sophomore Jaden Woiwode and senior Ashley Nelson received honorable mention.
The River Falls 14AA Wildcats traveling baseball team went 5-0 to take first place at its home tournament June 15-16 at First National Bank of River Falls Field. Team members include, front row from left, Justin Vanasse, Jackson Puhalla, Zac Cleveland, Jack Visger (Bat Boy), Jarett Young and Griffin Cegielski. Back row, coach Jim Gilbertson, Wyatt Bell, Jacob Gilbertson, Brian Johnson, Michael Conway, Reece Jahnke, Dylan Brathol, coach Josh Cleveland and coach Jason Young. Photo courtesy of Angie Young