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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Twice injuries have robbed Griff Christenson of his senior season of football — first in 2011 at Hudson High School and again in 2016 at UW-River Falls. But last Saturday, Nov. 11, Christenson was finally able to end a senior season on his own terms as a graduate student at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore.
Soccer wins home finale Senior midfielder Abby Soderholm's goal just over 13 minutes into the match held up to give the UW-River Falls women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point in the Falcon's final home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 21, at Ramer Field. Soderholm put back a rebound of a Mariah Troje header that hit the crossbar off a corner kick from Maddie Bleick at 13:45 for the only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Crosby finished with six saves to earn the shutout and her first victory of the season.
Despite struggling to move the ball against UW-Whitewater Saturday, Oct. 21, the UW-River Falls football team trailed just 3-0 at halftime and by just six points with one quarter to play but couldn't keep up with the Warhawks in the end of a 20-7 loss at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Whitewater scored a pair of second half touchdowns to hand the Falcons their third straight loss and drop them to 1-3 in WIAC play (3-4 overall). UWRF's offense managed just 170 total yards and six first downs while the Falcons punted 10 times and turned the ball over once.
The top-seeded Wildcat volleyball team started out like gangbusters in its WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night, Oct. 21, against Marshfield. The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the game and were clicking on all cylinders when things started to slowly bog down. "In the middle of the first set, we hit a passing slump," head coach Sara Kealy noted. "To be a primary passer is an enormous amount of pressure. It is one of those skills that is not recognized until it goes bad."
Thursday, Oct. 12, was a special night for the Wildcat volleyball team for a lot of reasons. In addition to honoring their four seniors—Izzy Barr, Elise Banitt, Sam Krueger and Marissa Stockman—the Cats were playing for their second straight Big Rivers Conference title, on their home court, with a chance to complete the first undefeated season in school history. Check, check, and check.
Northwoods League owners announced Wednesday, Oct. 11, that the Hudson-based St. Croix River Hounds will join the league as its newest expansion franchise beginning with the 2019 baseball season. The River Hounds will make their home in a new stadium that will be part of a multi-use campus planned for the old 130-acre St. Croix Meadows dog track.
Brent Snyder, the Director of Instruction at Troy Burne Golf Club just south of Hudson, has dominated the Minnesota professional golf season this year with eight victories in 19 tournaments. Among those wins were two "majors" on the Minnesota professional golf scene, the Minnesota PGA Section Championship in August and last week, the Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship.
There are plenty of reasons to love UW-River Falls' new Don Page Arena, but Falcon volleyball coach Patti Ford came up with a new one after her team played the first-ever game at the new facility. "I was thinking that if we were playing in Karges it would have been sopping wet in there," she said, referring to the hot, humid night. "So the fact we get to play in a nice air conditioned facility is just another thing to love about it."
River Falls football coach David Crail said the Wildcats have some work to do after slipping to 0-4 on the season with a 41-6 loss to Rice Lake Friday night, Sept. 8, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.
After turning the ball over five times in a four-point loss to Coe College in its season opener the week before, the UW-River Falls football team wasn't going to let another game slip away Saturday, Sept. 9, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. After building a 20-6 lead, UWRF turned the ball over twice on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions, and while Gustavus was able to convert the second giveway into a touchdown, it was too-little-too-late as the Falcons held on for a 20-12 victory.