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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Senior Trenton Monson became UW-River Falls' all-time receiving leader and senior Alex Herink tied the school record for most touchdown catches in a season, but the Falcon football team came up short in its bid for a season-ending win with a 39-25 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 10, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The loss dropped the Falcons into a three-way tie for fifth place with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville in the final WIAC standings at 2-5 each. UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-4 to finish tied with UW-Stout for fourth place.
Wildcat sophomore Eva Mikla moved up three spots from her state debut as a freshman last year to place sixth in the diving competition at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Oct. 9, in Madison.
Senior Nikko Zoller headlines a list of four Wildcats named to 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference teams by the conference coaches. Zoller earned a spot on the 11-player first team while senior Connor Weinzirl was named to the second team and sophomore Owen Wise and junior Gage Espanet earned honorable mention. Kolton Prater of 2018 BRC champion Hudson and goalkeeper Tyler Hanson of Eau Claire Memorial were named the conference co-players of the year.
Almost lost in the disappointment of the Wildcat volleyball team's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Oconomowoc in the semifinals of the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament Friday, Nov. 2, in Green Bay was the reality of just how special this season has been. River Falls had to replace four senior starters from its 2017 state runner-up team—Izzy Barr, Marissa Stockman, Sam Krueger and Elise Banitt. Barr, Stockman and Banitt have all moved on to play college volleyball while Krueger is arguably the greatest female student-athlete River Falls High School has ever seen.
The River Falls divers stole the show at the WIAA Division 2 sectional Friday night, Nov. 2, in Wisconsin Rapids with sophomores Madison Berg, Eva Milka, Isabell Seyffer and Madisyn Tape sweeping the top four spots while all qualifying for the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this Friday in Madison.
Matsushima nets four in win over Auggies The UW-River Falls men's hockey team posted a tie and a win across the border last weekend, battling St. John's to a 2-2 draw Friday, Nov. 2, in Collegeville, Minn. before throttling Augsburg University, 7-3, Saturday, Nov. 3, in Minneapolis Senior forward Eddie Matsushima scored four goals Saturday, including one on a power play and another shorthanded, to increase his team-leading total to six through the first four games as the Falcons' improved to 2-1-1.
The UW-River Falls football team's road woes continued at UW-La Crosse last Saturday, Nov. 3, as the Facons remained winless on the road this season with a 29-14 loss to the Eagles. The loss dropped UWRF to 3-6 overall, including 0-4 on the road. The good news is it was the last road game for the Falcons, who will host UW-Stevens Point in the final game of the season this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at David Smith Stadium. The Pointers also bring a record of 3-6 into the contest.
Juniors Mason Shea and Joey Madsen, and sophomore Grant Magnuson, all got their first taste of the WIAA State Cross Country Championship Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids, and all three are looking forward to using their experience as motivation to return next year. Shea, Magnuson and Madsen were three of the 190 competitors in a rainy Division 1 boys' race that featured the best of the best in the state of Wisconsin. Their coach Kari DeLuca said they learned a lot from the experience.
Momentum works both ways, and the Wildcat volleyball team found itself on the wrong side of it in its WIAA state semifinal match against Oconomowoc Friday night, Nov. 2, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
Emily Banitt, Anna Wolf and Hallie Olson combined for 32 of River Falls' 40 kills as the Wildcats swept Greendale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals Thursday, Nov. 1, in Green Bay. Banitt had 13 kills, Wolf scored 11 and Olson added eight as River Falls won by scores of 25-17, 25-14, 25-19. Haley Graetz chipped in with eight kills as River Falls hit .438 as a team compared to .082 for Greendale.