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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After graduating 11 seniors from last year's squad, there will be a lot of new faces on the field for the Raider baseball team this season. One face that isn't new, albeit is in a new position, is head coach Trevor Peck. Peck, an assistant under Jason Nell in 2017, begins his first season at the helm after replacing Nell during the offseason.
The Croix Attack Volleyball Club Team 17 took first place in the Silver Division at the Viking's Classic in North Branch, Minn. March 25. Team members include, front row from left, Olivia Goulette, Ariana Zins, Eryn Herrera, Elizabeth Collinson and Madison Jones. Back row, Morgan Severson, Noelle Kiltie, Elizabeth Roeske, Shay Wassman, Abby Richardson, and coach Amanda Francescato. Photo courtesy of Ruth Francis
The River Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a Run, Rock and Glow 5K Run Saturday, April 21, at the high school. Registration begins at 7 p.m. with the Kids Fun Run around 7:30 p.m. amd 5K starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the RFHS FBLA club and other community charities. To register for the events, go to AndersonRaces.com. For more information, contact Olivia Campbell at email@example.com .
Mother Nature's been a little fickle so far this spring, but that hasn't stopped River Falls High School student-athletes from preparing for their respective upcoming seasons. The Wildcat boys tennis and boys golf teams held their first practices Monday, March 26, the last of the high school's six spring programs to begin workouts. Weather permitting, most teams will begin competition next week.
Hastings resident Crystal Lanning, who has served as interim director of athletics at UW-River Falls since 2016, will assume the duties on a permanent basis effective April 1, the university announced Monday, March 19. "I am confident that Crystal will continue to provide outstanding leadership for Falcon athletics and serve as a valuable member of the cabinet and the university's leadership team," said UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen.
MADISON-- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department agreed to a five-year contract extension that grants the WIAA availability to campus facilities for hosting high school state championships in boys basketball, football, golf, wrestling and softball through the spring of 2025, the WIAA and UW announced Sunday, March 18.
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.