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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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.
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."