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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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.
Jake Bergmanis scored four goals and Jake Miller made 34 saves as the Wildcat hockey team snapped a five-game season-opening losing streak with a 7-3 victory over Menomonie Tuesday, Dec. 11, in River Falls. Bergmanis scored twice in the opening period, the first on a power play with just under seven minutes remaining to put the Wildcats up 2-1 and the second four minutes later to give the Cats the lead for good, 3-2.
The Eau Claire Alliance boys swim and dive team has won 30 straight Big Rivers Conference championships, so the Wildcats knew they would have their hands full in their BRC dual with the Memorial/North co-op last Thursday, Dec. 6 in Eau Claire. "Being a small team can make it hard to compete against the larger schools, but that didn't stop our guys from swimming hard," head coach Caitlin Brudzinski said.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team is doing all the right things in practice, now they just have to show it in their games. The Cats shot just 31 percent from the field and were outrebounded 47-20 in a 65-48 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson on their home floor Friday night, Dec. 7. River Falls trailed 32-22 at the break and every time they made a run in the second half Hudson had an answer as they pulled away for the 17-point victory. Wildcat coach Ian Sticht said the Cats are still struggling to create good shots.
The River Falls Dance team will host its second annual River Falls Wildcats Dance Invitational Saturday, Dec. 15, at the high school. The River Falls Dance team program is comprised of three teams, 25 athletes and four coaches. The team represents the community at local and statewide dance competitions and sporting events. The high school dance team qualified for state in 2015 and 2017. The Wildcats Dance Invitational has doubled in size from last year, hosting 25 teams and 335 dancers this year.
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.