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 gymnastics team got a run for its money at the Snowflake Invitational hosted by Chippewa Falls Saturday, Dec. 8. Despite posting a team score of 132.975, the Cats were edged out by Hudson's 135.45 for the team title at the 10-team event. Coach Bridgette Lensing said the team showed great energy throughout the meet, but still need to refine their routines.
There's always a buzz when River Falls and Hudson play each other, and that buzz was even louder Friday night, Dec. 7, when the Raiders hosted the Wildcats in their first game in Hudson's expansive new gym. But River Falls spoiled the Raider party by shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season 64-52.
River Falls wrestling coach Kevin Black needed just one word to describe the Wildcat's 37-34 victory over Hudson Thursday night, Dec. 6. “Huge,” he said.
Nearly 300 lifters from around Wisconsin, including some of the state's top lifters, will be competing at the first meet of the season hosted by the River Falls Powerlifting Club this Saturday, Dec. 8. Last year's River Falls girls' team placed second at the meet before going on to win the state team title.
The River Falls hockey team faced an ornery Hudson squad that was coming off back-to-back losses Thursday night, Dec. 6, and the defending state champion Raiders took out their frustrations on the Wildcats by outshooting the Cats 50-5 on their way to a 5-0 victory. Hudson held River Falls without a shot in the opening period while peppering Wildcat goalie Jake Miller with 22 of their own. The Raiders scored on three of those attempts, one on a power play, to take a 3-0 lead.
You know things are going bad for your basketball team when the student section starts chanting, “Let's play football!” That's what happened at the Cat's Den in River Falls Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the middle of a 20-0 run by visiting Eau Claire North that catapulted them to a 62-39 victory.
Jaden Woiwode's goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and Lilly Accola scored into an empty net with 20 seconds left to lift the ninth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion to a 3-1 victory over the Hayward Hurricanes Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in Hayward. Playing their first game in 10 days, the Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Bella Rasmussen scored with an assist from Amber DeLong.
Former Wildcat and current coach Kevin Black was one of six inductees into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame Nov. 2, in Green Bay. Black was a four-time WIAA state champion at River Falls High School from 1995-98 with a perfect 160-0 career record. When he graduated he held the nation's longest winning streak for a high school wrestler.
The Wildcat boys' hockey team is still looking for its first win of the season after losses to St. Paul Johnson and Eau Claire North last week. St. Paul Johnson scored four goals in the third period, the last an empty-netter, to post a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Phalen Ice Arena before Eau Claire North handed the Cats their third loss of the season, 7-1, Thursday, Nov. 29, at Wildcat Centre.
The Wildcat gymnastics team has made a tradition out of starting its season with a win at the Wisconsin Rapids Classic and ending it back in Wisconsin Rapids at the WIAA State Tournament. They repeated the first part of that plan last Saturday, Dec. 1, with another season-opening victory, now it's setting its sights on returning again in March. The Wildcats, who have made 17 straight trips to state, won the team title at the seven-team Wisconsin Rapids Classic Saturday, Dec. 1, with three different Cats claiming at least one individual title.