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 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.
MINNEAPOLIS—Augsburg University football linebacker Mustafa Adam of River Falls has been named as one of 30 nominees for the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, honoring college football players who have returned to the field of play after overcoming major life challenges.
Monson, Ross headline All-WIAC football picks Wide receiver Trenton Monson and offensive lineman Levi Ross lead a list of 10 UW-River Falls football players named to 2018 All-WIAC teams, the conference announced Thursday, Nov. 15.
It may not make up for last season's double-overtime loss in the WIAC championship game, but the UW-River Falls women's hockey team got a little redemption against UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Nov. 17, in Eau Claire.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team hit triple digits for the second time in three games with a 104-68 rout of host Colorado College in the second game of a the Colorado College Tournament Saturday, Nov. 17. It's the highest point total for UWRF since defeating UW-Oshkosh, 105-99, in double overtime in 2011. It also comes one week after the Falcons opened the season with a 103-77 victory over Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Former Wildcat Annie Frisbie earned All-American honors in her final race with the Iowa State Cyclones at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 17, in Madison. Frisbie helped the Cyclones post their second consecutive top 20 result by placing 35th overall with a 6,000-meter time of 20 minutes, 31.96 seconds. Iowa State finished 15th in the final team standings. The Cyclones haven't posted back-to-back top-20 performances at the NCAA Championships since the 2013-14 seasons.
Former River Falls High School classmates Annie Frisbie and Trent Powell will both compete at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships in Madison this Saturday, Nov. 17, after helping their teams qualify at their respective regional meets over the weekend. Frisbie helped the No. 15-ranked Iowa State University women cruise to their third straight NCAA Midwest Regional title in Peoria, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 10, while Powell was part of the No. 14 Colorado State University men's team that earned at at-large bid at the Mountain West Regional in Provo, Utah.