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 Hudson boys hockey team's dominance of the Big Rivers Conference this season was reflected with six Raiders named to 2017-18 All-BRC teams, including senior defenseman Jordon Halverson being named Player of the Year and head coach Brooks Lockwood garnering Coach of the Year.
River Falls High School's Zac Johnson has qualified for the WIAA Boys Basketball 3-Point Challenge. Johnson, a freshman guard for Wildcat head coach Zac Campbell, qualified as one of the top three-point shooters among all WIAA Division 2 players in the state during the regular season. Johnson made 50-of-104 attempts (48.1 percent) during the Wildcats' 24-game regular season, tops in the Big Rivers Conference. He finished the season averaging 12.1 points per game for the Wildcats, who finished 15-9 overall, 8-4 and in second place in the BRC.
The UW-River Falls Athletic Department will host a Trivia Night Saturday, March 24, at Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, 414 S. Main St., River Falls. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with free appetizers for all participants. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be four rounds of trivia, each with a different theme—"River Falls" trivia, "Sports" trivia, "Music" trivia and "Potpourri" (random trivia).
Former Hudson Raider Kraig Urbik announced on Twitter last week that he is retiring from the National Football League after nine seasons with three different teams. Urbik most recently played with the Miami Dolphins in 2016 before being released on an injury settlement before the 2017 season due to a knee injury. "Unfortunately, it became clear that while rehabbing from my latest knee injury, I wasn't coming back with a full recovery," he wrote on Twitter.
Sam Krueger said she wasn't nervous until awards time came around at the WIAA Individual State Gymnastics Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, March 3, in Wisconsin Rapids.
Riding through downtown River Falls on top of a fire truck never gets old for Wildcat gymnastics coach Lauren Kaminski. Kaminski made four of those trips as a gymnast with the Wildcats from 2002-05, one as an assistant coach, and the last three years as head coach, including this past Sunday, March 4, after the Cats earned their third straight runner-up trophy at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships. "That's eight out of the 10 years I've been involved," she said. "That's really cool to get to experience, and really fun for the girls to experience."
UW-Eau Claire's Mariah Czech scored 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blugolds to a 3-2 victory over UW-River Falls in the WIAC women's hockey O'Brien Cup championship game at Hunt Arena Saturday, March 3. The loss ended UWRF's streak of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances while sending Eau Claire to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.
Senior forward Kamryn Jacobs headlines a list of five St. Croix Valley Fusion players who have been named to 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams by the conference coaches. Jacobs was named to the All-BRC First Team for the third straight season while junior forward Anna Albrightson earned honorable mention for the third time and sophomore forward Taylar Meier received honorable mention for the second straight year. Senior forward Maddie Schultz and sophomore goalie Sydney Seeley both received honorable mention for the first time.
Senior Jacob Anderson became Hudson's first three-time state place-winner with his third straight fifth place finish at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 22-24, in Madison. Anderson fought back from a loss to eventual state champion Peyton Mocco in the 160-pound quarterfinals and another to third place finisher Reed Williams of Holmen in the consolation semifinals to pin Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper in 2 minutes, 59 seconds to claim fifth place. He was fifth at 152 pounds at the 2017 state tournament and fifth at 138 pounds in 2016.
Wildcat wrestling coach Kevin Black hopes Mitchell Williamson, Nathan Fuller and Chance Kamrowski sent a message to the rest of the team at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.