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 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.
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.