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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Plenty of runners saw action for the Raider cross country teams at a pair of meets last week at St. Olaf College and Marshfield. Both Raider teams competed Thursday, Aug. 31, in Northfield, Minn., at the St. Olaf Showcase with the girls placing third out of 31 teams and the boys finishing 25th. Head coach Don Krupa said neither team was at full strength since many runners chose to remain at school since it was a school day.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Athletic Department has announced an expanded partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics. Through this expanded partnership, TCO will support Falcon Athletics with three Certified Athletic Trainers to provide sports medicine coverage to 17 varsity sports and approximately 350 student-athletes.
UW-River Falls had over twice as many first downs, over four times as many rushing yards and nearly twice as many total yards as Coe College in its 2017 season opener Saturday, Sept. 2, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. They also had five times as many turnovers. Throw in two missed field goals, a missed extra point kick, and 87 yards in penalties and it all added up to a 13-9 loss to the defending Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Kohawks.
The following is an op/ed column written by Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Dave Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that's exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.
Wildcat senior Emma Handlos loves to watch other runners at the River Falls Extreme Cross Country Meet. "It's kind of fun to watch them wipe out," she said. "They just kind of face plant and you're like, 'Oh, yeah, there's a hole there.'" Started by former Wildcat coach Rick Cleary over 15 years ago, the Extreme Meet is a 5,000-meter race consisting of two laps, starting and ending on the UW-River Falls intramural fields that takes runners through and across the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and up and down increasingly muddy trails.
Anna Cernohous and Hannah Harper each finished in the top five to lead the Wildcat girls golf team to a second place finish at the first Big Rivers Conference meet of the season Monday, Aug. 28, at the River Falls Golf Club. Cernohous tied for fourth with a 9-hole score of 46 and Harper was right behind in fifth with a 47 to help the Cats to a team score of 201, ten strokes behind first place Eau Claire Memorial and 10 strokes ahead of third place Chippewa Falls.
The Wildcat football team has done some good things in its first two games of the season. Head coach David Crail would just like to see more of them. In their home opener Friday night, Aug. 25, against Ellsworth, the Wildcats took the second half kickoff and marched 72 yards to cut the Panther's lead to six on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by sophomore Seth Kohel. But that's as close as they could get in a 13-7 loss that dropped their record to 0-2 to start the season.
Hudson football coach Adam Kowles admitted his team might have been caught up in the fanfare and hoopla surrounding the debut of Hudson's new Raider Stadium Friday night, Aug. 25. "I'll be honest, I think the guys felt a lot of pressure on them to win since it was the opener at the new stadium," Kowles said. "I know I did. We played a little bit tight. I hope that going forward we can just get back to playing football, flying around, and having fun, because that's when we are at our best."
The newly formed Hudson Tennis Association hosted its first official event called "Rally the Family" Sunday, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix Valley Indoor Tennis Center on Brakke Drive. In conjunction with the Unites States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern organization who provided the instructors, drills and activities, the HTA also had volunteers there to assist with programming throughout the three-hour event.
Chad Forde loved teaching and coaching tennis in Denver, but he loves doing it in River Falls even more. That's why Forde left Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo., shortly before the 2016-17 school year to take a social studies teaching job in River Falls. This year he's taking over as head tennis coach of both the Wildcat girls' and boys' tennis programs.