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 Hudson boys' swimming and diving team accomplished a lot in less than 24 hours last week. The Raiders remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition by sweeping River Falls and Superior in a double dual Friday, Jan. 4, before taking home a title from the 15-team Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 5. The Raiders defeated River Falls 72-27 and Superior 74-23 Friday night at the middle school while swimming the final two events of the night as exhibitions.
Women's hoops splits openers Strong bench play helped the UW-River Falls women's basketball team erase an 11-point first quarter deficit and go on to a 73-67 win over Gustavus Adolphus in its season opener Friday night, Nov. 9, at Don Page Arena. Saturday the Falcons couldn't hold one to a six-point lead late and fell 55-53 to Lakeland University in Plymouth.
Senior Trenton Monson became UW-River Falls' all-time receiving leader and senior Alex Herink tied the school record for most touchdown catches in a season, but the Falcon football team came up short in its bid for a season-ending win with a 39-25 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 10, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The loss dropped the Falcons into a three-way tie for fifth place with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville in the final WIAC standings at 2-5 each. UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-4 to finish tied with UW-Stout for fourth place.
Matsushima nets four in win over Auggies The UW-River Falls men's hockey team posted a tie and a win across the border last weekend, battling St. John's to a 2-2 draw Friday, Nov. 2, in Collegeville, Minn. before throttling Augsburg University, 7-3, Saturday, Nov. 3, in Minneapolis Senior forward Eddie Matsushima scored four goals Saturday, including one on a power play and another shorthanded, to increase his team-leading total to six through the first four games as the Falcons' improved to 2-1-1.
It's always good to snap a four-game losing streak. It's even better to do it on homecoming. That's what the UW-River Falls football team did last week as Ben Beckman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Sam Altena, Anthony Silva and Tyler Blum combined for 210 rushing yards in a 21-19 homecoming victory over UW-Stout. The win snapped UWRF's four-game losing streak and moved them to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in WIAC play, while Stout slipped to 3-3 and 1-2.
The Trinity Academy coed 7-8 grade, boys' 4-6 grade, and girls' 4-6 grade cross country teams won state championships at the 27th annual Lutheran School State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 13, in Mayer, Minn. Charlie Wendell won the boys' 7-8 grade 3,000 meter race to become state champion with a time of 12 minutes, 2 seconds. The other team members contributing to the team trophy win were Elliot Vargas (third), Jack Solheid (fourth), Brecken Meyer, (13th), Lauren McLean (14th), Ayla Larsen (21st), Matthias Riddle (24th), Ben Stigler (27th) and Caleb Schock (36th).
Nine year-old Jordyn Senoraske, a fourt grade student at Greenwood Elementary School in River Falls, shot her first buck while bow hunting near Alma on Sunday, Sept. 16. The buck was an 11-pointer that dressed out at 196 pounds. Photo courtesy of Brian Senoraske
Booters open WIAC play 2-0 The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field. UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday. Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.
Jeff Cogbill wasn't sure what game the kids were playing when he came across them on a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun. "I was driving around the back of the island," he recalled. "A lot of people don't get in their golf carts and drive back there. But there's people living in shacks. And I saw kids with stick and rocks and I finally realized they were trying to play baseball."
The River Falls Wildcat Hall of Fame will welcome its Class of 2018 when seven individuals and the 1976 baseball team will be inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday night, Sept. 22, at the high school. Athletes John Page, Russ Brown, Doug Branigan and Jennifer Keenan will join the hall along with coach Tom Linehan. Gerald "Bud' Manion will be honored as the Legacy inductee while Ed Cina will enter the hall as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen.