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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It's always good to snap a four-game losing streak. It's even better to do it on homecoming. That's what the UW-River Falls football team did last week as Ben Beckman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Sam Altena, Anthony Silva and Tyler Blum combined for 210 rushing yards in a 21-19 homecoming victory over UW-Stout. The win snapped UWRF's four-game losing streak and moved them to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in WIAC play, while Stout slipped to 3-3 and 1-2.
The Trinity Academy coed 7-8 grade, boys' 4-6 grade, and girls' 4-6 grade cross country teams won state championships at the 27th annual Lutheran School State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 13, in Mayer, Minn. Charlie Wendell won the boys' 7-8 grade 3,000 meter race to become state champion with a time of 12 minutes, 2 seconds. The other team members contributing to the team trophy win were Elliot Vargas (third), Jack Solheid (fourth), Brecken Meyer, (13th), Lauren McLean (14th), Ayla Larsen (21st), Matthias Riddle (24th), Ben Stigler (27th) and Caleb Schock (36th).
Nine year-old Jordyn Senoraske, a fourt grade student at Greenwood Elementary School in River Falls, shot her first buck while bow hunting near Alma on Sunday, Sept. 16. The buck was an 11-pointer that dressed out at 196 pounds. Photo courtesy of Brian Senoraske
Booters open WIAC play 2-0 The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field. UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday. Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.
Jeff Cogbill wasn't sure what game the kids were playing when he came across them on a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun. "I was driving around the back of the island," he recalled. "A lot of people don't get in their golf carts and drive back there. But there's people living in shacks. And I saw kids with stick and rocks and I finally realized they were trying to play baseball."
The River Falls Wildcat Hall of Fame will welcome its Class of 2018 when seven individuals and the 1976 baseball team will be inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday night, Sept. 22, at the high school. Athletes John Page, Russ Brown, Doug Branigan and Jennifer Keenan will join the hall along with coach Tom Linehan. Gerald "Bud' Manion will be honored as the Legacy inductee while Ed Cina will enter the hall as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen.
For the second straight week the UW-River Falls football team dug a hole it couldn't get out of, falling to Missouri Baptist, 38-28, on a sweltering afternoon at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Saturday, Sept. 15. Missouri Baptist raced out to a 24-7 second quarter lead before the Falcons pulled to within three, 31-28, with a touchdown and two-point conversion on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Koehler lifts booters to win Junior forward Maggie Koehler of Hudson scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 90th minute, to lift the UW-River Falls women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Northland College Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Ramer Field. Koehler scored her first goal of the match three minutes in before Camryn Altnau found the back of the net to give UWRF a 2-0 halftime lead.
First National Bank of River Falls Field will host its very first concert when the River Falls Baseball Council presents the Grand Slam Jam Saturday, Sept. 8. The day-long music festival will feature the Gear Daddies with special guests 4onthefloor along with Firewater Gospel Choir and Easy Hour. RFBC president Greg Peters said it's been a goal of the council to host a concert ever since the ballpark opened in 2014. And he believes they've found the perfect lineup for the Grand Slam Jam.
Todd Paulson doesn't take anything for granted. A little over four years ago, at the age of 45, Paulson came down with a severe case of sepsis pneumonia that resulted in a month-long hospital stay at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. As a result he suffered what his doctors described as a "stroke of the optic nerve" that left him completely blind in his right eye and with limited vision in his left.