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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If baseball is America’s pastime, River Falls was the nation’s capital city of fun Friday night, June 13. After over six years of planning, three years of fundraising, countless hours of volunteer labor, and the ever-growing enthusiasm of an entire community, an estimated 2,000 people flocked to First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park for opening night at the gleaming new 315-seat facility. The evening featured live music, speeches, surprise guests and at least one smile for each of the 2,000 hot dogs sold at the concession stand. Oh, there was also a ballgame between
In the age-old riddle about what came first, the chicken or the egg, Josh Eidem and Ryan Bishop chose the former. Eidem and Bishop, both former baseball players at UW-River Falls, were teammates in 2007 on the Spring Valley Hawks amateur baseball team when one said to the other—“Wouldn’t it be great to have a nice ballpark in River Falls?” Bishop, then in his eighth season as the River Falls High School baseball coach, knew that without an amateur team in town, the chances of garnering enough support to build a ballpark would be slim.
UW-River Falls has announced it will suspend its intercollegiate men’s and women’s diving teams effective June 30 following a recommendation by the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee. According to a statement released by the university April 30, the decision was based on a study of the athletics sports module that included information from the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee, the Athletic Department, staff, students and alumni. The recommendation to suspend the swimming and diving teams was made by UWRF Athletic Director Roger Ternes and further recommended by the UWRF Faculty
Avon Kohl is not shy about her bowling legacy.
River Falls’ Kevin Kramolis practices his putting on the snow-covered practice green at Troy Burne Golf Club before the Hudson Golf Invitational Wednesday morning, April 16. Seventeen high school teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota were waiting for the temperature to climb above freezing and the greens to clear before taking part in the first area tournament of the season. After over an hour delay the golfers headed out for a shotgun start around 11 a.m. See the April 24 print edition of the River Falls Journal for tournament results. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)
The River Falls girls’ golf team finished three strokes behind first-place Eau Claire North at Tuesday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament to qualify for the WIAA State Tournament Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, in Madison. Eau Claire North won the sectional title, played at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, with a team score of 359 with River Falls right behind with 362. Senior Rachael Mayer paced the Wildcats with a fourth place score of 86 while junior Sydney Brunholzl tied for fifth with 88.
Stop by Hoffman Park on any given day and one thing is clear: It takes a community to build a ballpark. That fact was evident last Saturday, when 30-40 volunteers spent the day grading the infield, installing chain link fencing and working on dugouts at what will be known as First National Bank of River Falls Field.
Former Wildcat all-state baseball player and two-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year Marty Herum of River Falls signed a pro contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, July 25. Herum reported to the Diamondbacks Arizona Rookie League team in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, July 26. Herum finished his sophomore season at UW-Whitewater this past spring, where he batted .413 in 42 games with seven hom
Last Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, I went to a baseball game. That’s not all that unusual this time of year. In fact, I get paid to go to baseball games; something my dad always thought was pretty cool. Six years ago Saturday I was on an airplane flying back to New Jersey to help my family plan my dad’s funeral. Father’s Day weekend has never been quite the same. But something happened to me last Saturday at Red Wing’s Athletic Field, watching the River Falls Fighting Fish warm up before their tournament game against the Coon Rapids Redbirds.
One of the biggest names in local wrestling history is coming back to coach his old team. Kevin Black, the only four-time state champion ever at River Falls High School, has been hired as the Wildcats' new head wrestling coach, according to school district activities director Rollie Hall. "I am happy and excited to announce Kevin Black has been hired as the new head wrestling coach for the 2013-14 school year," Hall said in a statement released Monday, March 11. "Kevin brings a work ethic and background of experience that is hard to match.