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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There wasn't a whole lot of drama in the River Falls wrestling team's match against Rice Lake Thursday night, Dec. 20. But that was just fine with the Wildcats. Rice Lake forfeited at seven weight classes, and the Cats got pins from Elliott Hampton and Garnett Ripley and a decision from James Hampton to earn a 57-21 victory over the Warriors.
River Falls closed the game with a 7-0 run over the final three minutes to post a 53-46 nonconference win over New Richmond in nonconference boys' basketball action Tuesday, Dec. 18, in New Richmond. New Richmond held a two-point lead, 30-28, at the break and the score was tied 46-46 with three minutes remaining before the Cats outscored the Tigers 7-0 the rest of the way.
Twin sisters Abbie and Amber DeLong each netted a hat trick and Lilly Accola and Gabrielle Bresina scored a goal each as the St. Croix Valley Fusion posted an 8-2 victory over Red Wing in a nonconference girls' hockey game Tuesday night, Dec. 18, in River Falls. All six of the DeLong sisters' goals came in the first two periods with Abbie DeLong scoring twice and Amber DeLong scoring once in the first, and Amber getting two goals and Abbie netting one in the second.
River Falls had strong showings in both the girls' and boys' competitions at the first regional powerlifting meet of the season Saturday, Dec. 8, at the high school. Eleven teams and 288 lifters competed at the event. Senior Hailee Markey won her weight class and was named the overall best lifter at the meet while freshman Anna Anderson set two school records in the 97-pound weight class to take first and lead the Wildcat girls to a second place team finish.
Former Wildcat Alex Call will be a member of the Cleveland Indians organization in 2019 after being traded by the Chicago White Sox for veteran first baseman Yonder Alonso Saturday, Dec. 15. The 24-year-old Call played for Class-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham last season, batting .248 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 123 games. In 257 minor league games over three seasons he has a career average of .256.
JT Dougherty led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points and Adam Feyereisen came up two assists short of a triple double as River Falls posted its third straight win, 58-40 over Menomonie Friday night, Dec. 14, in River Falls. Feyereisen registered his second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while also dishing out eight assists and coming up with four steals. Zac Johnson added 12 points and Liam Dougherty scored eight as the Cats hit 50 percent of their shots from the field.
Jake Bergmanis scored a pair of goals and Jake Miller stopped all 19 shots he faced as the Wildcat hockey team blanked Rice Lake, 5-0, for its second straight win of the season. It took just 27 seconds for Bergmanis to give the Cats the only goal they would need when he converted a pass from Taylor Rotsaert on the first shift of the game. He added a power play goal at the 7:43 mark of the first period with an assist from Joe Stoffel.
The eighth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion scored three goals in the third period to post a 5-3 victory over No. 6 Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday night, Dec. 13, im Hudson. The Raiders took a 3-2 lead on a shorthanded goal by Sydney Hendricks 58 seconds into the third period but St. Croix Valley got a goal from Amber DeLong just before the end of the power play to tie the score.
Fourteen year-old Jacob Gilbertson of River Falls harvested this 10-point buck with a 20-inch spread near Barnes, Wis., during the state's recent 9-day gun deer season Photo courtesy of Jim Gilbertson
It's still early, but the Wildcat boys’ basketball team's win over La Crosse Logan Tuesday night, Dec. 11, could have a big impact come sectional seeding time. In their first game against a sectional foe this season, the Wildcats got 18 points from sophomore JT Dougherty and 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists from senior point guard Adam Feyereisen in a 61-50 win over the Rangers.