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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A home win over UW-Platteville Jan. 10 wasn't enough to keep the UW-River Falls men's basketball team from dropping six spots in this week's D3hoops.com rankings after the Falcons lost to No. 13 UW-Oshkosh on the road three nights later. The Falcons entered last week ranked No. 7 in the nation and took care of unranked Platteville, 91-84, last Wednesday at Page Arena. But UWRF suffered its second WIAC loss of the season and slipped to 11-3 overall with Saturday's 67-58 loss at Oshkosh.
The sixth-ranked UWRF women's hockey team erupted for 20 goals in a weekend sweep of Concordia College last Friday and Saturday in Moorhead, Minn. The Falcons topped the Cobbers, 10-4, Friday, Jan. 5, before matching that goal total with a 10-3 win Saturday, Jan. 6.
The fifth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to second-ranked Eau Claire-Altoona on the road Thursday, Jan. 4, before getting some revenge against Superior at home Saturday, Jan. 6. Superior had beaten the Fusion 5-4 in overtime the week before at the Culver's Cup in Madson, but St. Croix Valley jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the rematch at Wildcat Centre and held off a late Spartan surge for a 4-3 victory.
After a lackluster 73-48 loss in its WIAC opener at home against unranked UW-Stevens Point Wednesday Jan. 3, the third-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 10-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining to defeat fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 81-80, Saturday, Jan. 6, in Whitewater. Brennan Witt's jumper with less than two seconds left capped a 7-0 Falcon run to close the game.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls women's hockey team will host the Korean national team in an exhibition game Sunday, Jan. 7, at Hunt Arena in the Falcon Center. The game will be a tune-up for the visiting team which will compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February with an automatic entry as the host nation.
Wildcat volleyball makes history River Falls was captivated by the season the high school volleyball team put together in 2017. The Wildcats won their second straight Big Rivers Conference championship, qualified for the WIAA State Tournament for the second straight year and reached the state title game for the first time before suffering their only loss of the season in a five-set thriller to Burlington.
When you talk about who is back for the River Falls boys basketball team this season, it's nice to have reigning Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Jaxon Knotek at the top of the list. Knotek did it all for the Wildcats last season, leading the team in scoring (19.1) and rebounding (5.7) while finishing second in blocked shots and assists and third in steals. He played every position from guard to post while accounting for over one-third of the Wildcat offense.
UW-River Falls senior football players Nick Jacobsen and Michael Diggins have been honored with two of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (WIAC) highest honors, the conference announced Thursday, Nov. 16. Jacobsen, a senior defensive lineman from Prescott, has been named the WIAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Diggins, a senior running back from Andover, Minn., has been honored with the 2017 WIAC Max Sparger Football Scholar-Athlete Award. A total of 10 Falcon football players earned All-WIAC accolades.
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams christened Page Arena with victories in their first regular season games in their new home Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Falcon men led wire-to-wire in an 85-73 win over Central College in the first game of the doubleheader while the women completed the sweep with a 58-52 win over Carleton College. Senior Brennan Witt recorded a double-double in the men's win with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Falcons in double figures in scoring.
Sophomore Ella Stein placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke to highlight Hudson's contingent at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Saturday, Nov. 11. Stein touched the wall in 1 minute, 3.48 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, just 1.31 seconds behind two-time state champ Grace Bennin of Verona and two-tenths of a second ahead of third place finisher Ally Silvestri of Middleton.