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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Former Wildcat Marissa Stockman has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team as a member of the Illinois State University volleyball team.
Nothing like two dual tournaments in two days to open a wrestling season. That's what the River Falls High School team did last weekend, going 2-2 at the Cumberland Duals Friday night, Nov. 30, before wrestling three more duals at a tournament in Hastings less than 24 hours later. Head coach Kevin Black said the Cumberland tournament was a last-minute addition to the Wildcat's schedule.
Saturday, Dec. 1, the Wildcats placed fifth at the seven-team Chippewa Falls Invitational with 227 points. The host Cardinals won the team title with 460 points and Marshfield was second with 375 while Wausau East took third with 282. Brudzinski said the Cat's times were comparable to Tuesday's season-opener against Rice Lake. "They had some difficult practices leading up to the meet so I know they were swimming a little tired," she said. "And to match times from earlier in the week is a good thing."
Wildcat boys' basketball coach Zac Campbell knows first games are never as clean as you would like. But if the opener against St. Paul Johnson Friday night, Nov. 30, is any indication, the Cats are in for a fun season. Sophomore Zac Johnson poured in 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds and 6-foot-8 twin brothers JT and Liam Dougherty came off the bench to combine for 18 points and seven boards as the Wildcats beat St. Paul Johnson for the first time in three years, 69-43.
Town of River Falls resident Haley Huppert shot her first buck on the opening weekend of the 2018 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season. Huppert was hunting on her parents' land in Pierce County when she bagged the 12-point buck that had an inside spread of 16-inches. Photo courtesy of Haley Huppert
A little over four months from now, all eyes in the college basketball world will be focused on U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the NCAA Division I Men's Final Four. And the UW-River Falls Falcons will be thinking-- been there, done that.
The Wildcat boys' swimming and diving team gave new head coach Caitlin Brudzinski her first career win by edging Rice Lake 86-84 in the season opener for both teams boys' swimming and diving season opener for both teams Tuesday, Nov. 27, in River Falls. River Falls posted five first place finishes, including the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle, and took three of the top five spots in the penultimate event of the night-- the 100 breaststroke-- to edge the Warriors by two points.
How do you replace the two-time All-Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year? Wildcat head coach Zac Campbell believes he has plenty of options. "There is certainly optimism heading into our season returning four starters from last year's team," Campbell said. "Filling the void of Jaxon Knotek, who led us in scoring and rebounding each of the past two seasons, will need to be a collective effort."
Kylie Strop scored the last five points of the first half to give River Falls a six-point lead and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 17-10 run on their way to a 53-44 victory Tuesday, Nov. 27, in River Falls. New Richmond led 17-16 late in the first half before Strop came up with two steals in the final minute, the first leading to a three-point play at the other end and the second a coast-to-coast layup, to put River Falls ahead 23-17.
The good news? The St. Croix Valley Fusion only gave up two goals in its first two games of the season last week. The bad news? They both came in the first period of a 2-1 loss to the Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset/New Richmond), in the season opener Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Baldwin. The Fusion bounced back with a 5-0 victory over the Black River Falls co-op Saturday, Nov. 24, in Baldwin, something head coach Matt Cranston said he was glad to see after the team lost eight seniors, including four of its top six scorers from last year, to graduation.