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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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.
The River Falls Baseball Council moved closer to its fundraising goal for a new community ballpark on the east side of Hoffman Park with the announcement last week that Nash Finch Company and Family Fresh Market has committed $50,000 to sponsor the new ballpark's scoreboard. Josh Eidem, RFBC president, said the donation puts the project's fundraising total at $157,000. Total construction cost is estimated at $600,000. "We are humbled by the generous donation from Nash Finch and Family Fresh Market," Eidem said. "It really shows their commitment to our community here in River Falls.
Hudson High School graduate Davis Drewiske, who won a state high school hockey championship with the Raiders in 2001, played on the University of Wisconsin's 2006 national championship team, realized the dream of hockey players everywhere Monday night when he hoisted the Stanley Cup after his Los Angeles Kings team defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, to win the franchise's first National Hockey League title. Drewiske, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound defenseman with the Kings, took his turn carrying the Stanley Cup around the Staples Center ice along with the rest of his teammates after the Kings
The 27th annual Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support UW-River Falls athletics will be held Monday, June 18, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.
Luke Schwitzer was still thinking about the teenagers in the canoes when the strike indicator on his fly line paused in the current. He had no idea there was a once-in-a-lifetime fish on the other end. Schwitzer had brought a few trout to his net on the lower Kinnickinnic River that Monday evening, Aug. 22. But the fishing had generally been slow, and the teenager-steered canoes that floated by him around 7:30 p.m. didn't help any. "That's when I figured I'd throw flies right below the froth of the dam," the St. Paul resident said.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday, July 29, when the inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame Class is honored at the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
Two people were taken to River Falls Area Hospital following a fiery three-vehicle accident that shut down the Hwy. 35/65 bypass for over an hour Monday morning in River Falls. The accident occurred at 8:25 a.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 35/65 and County Road M (Division St.). According to River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque, a vehicle driven by Algot H. Anderson, age 79, of Prescott, attempted to turn south onto the highway when it collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Brianna P. Vogl, 23, of Prescott. Vogl's vehicle then collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Jason C.
When Brooks Lockwood takes his Wildcat hockey team to Hudson to face his alma mater Dec. 14, it will be his sixth career game as a head coach. It will be Raider coach Mike Stoskopf's 500th. "He's won a lot of games," Lockwood said about Stoskopf. "I've learned a lot from him." Lockwood played his high school hockey for Stoskopf and was a junior on the Raiders' first state championship team in 2001. Last month he was named the new head hockey coach at River Falls, taking over for Nick Jenkins, who stepped down after two seasons.
UW-River Falls football head coach John O'Grady informed his team after practice Monday evening that he will retire at the end of the 2010 season. The Falcons left Tuesday morning for their 2010 season opener Thursday at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. "Most of my adult life, including four years as a player, five years as a volunteer coach and of course 22 seasons as the head coach has been spent at this university," said O'Grady in a prepared statement. "For the vast majority of my career I have had a passion for coaching.
For the first time in its 81-year history, the River Falls Golf Club will have a new owner beginning next month. The club's board of directors has agreed to sell the course for $1.5 million to Hanson Bros. Golf Holdings LLC of Hammond, the same group that bought the Hudson Golf Course earlier this month. Under the agreement, the board has until April 30 to consider other offers and Hanson Bros.