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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Senior captain Tyler Grosz won the individual title at No. 1 singles and younger brother and co-captain, sophomore Jacob Grosz, won the No. 2 singles title as all 10 Hudson players placed at the Big Rivers Conference boys' tennis tournament Saturday, May 11, in Eau Claire. Eau Claire Memorial swept all three doubles titles and two of four in singles to claim its 24th straight BRC championship but Raider coach John Knutson said it was gratifying to see the Grosz brother come through at the top two singles positions.
The race for the Big Rivers Conference track and field titles figures to come down to Hudson and River Falls this season, and with the BRC Championships coming up Monday, May 13, the Raider girls made a statement by beating out the Wildcats for first place while the boys finished a close second to the Wildcats at the Stan Barr Relays Friday, May 13, in New Richmond. Hudson won the girls' team title with 93 points followed by Anoka with 84 and River Falls with 74. River Falls took the boys title with 70 while Hudson was second with 66.
As an offensive lineman on the River Falls football team, senior Tanner Kelm is used to having his teammates' backs. Now he's got teammates, opponents, classmates, and people he doesn't even know covering his. Kelm has been undergoing treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer that affects the bones and the tissue surrounding the bones, since January. His treatment has included chemotherapy treatments every other week that require hospital stays of 3 to 5 days each visit.
Lots of people go for two-mile runs, or kayak down the lower Kinnickinnic River, or go for long bike rides. But to do all three of those things, back-to-back-to-back, in less than three hours? That's what a handful of the 28 competitors in the Kinniator Challenge, hosted by Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters, did Sunday, April 28.
One-by-one the St. Paul Saints had a player from their 2018 team get their contract purchased by a Major League organization. Five this off-season and a total of six from a team that reached the American Association Championship Series last season. That's the goal of all who don a Saints uniform. Those hoping to join the list of 124 players that have worn a Saints uniform and gone on to a Major League organization will have an opportunity when the Saints hold their open tryouts.
Lacrosse posts first home win The UW-River Falls women's lacrosse team scored 11 goals in the second half to defeat Illinois Institute of Technology, 14-7, for its first-ever home victory Saturday, April 20, at Ramer Field. It was just the second home game for the Falcons and moved their record to 7-5 in their inaugural season. Four goals from Gina Jablonski and a second-half hat trick from Emma Kohlbeck propelled UWRF to the victory after a low scoring first half.
When Faye Perkins arrived at UW-River Falls in 1986, the softball field on campus was nothing more than a dirt infield with a chain-link fence backstop. "That was it," she said. "There was no outfield fence, there were no dugouts, no batting cages, no pitching warm-up area. We had to carry benches out from the Knowles Center to sit on." Perkins went on to coach the Falcons for 22 seasons, leading the team to six WIAC West Division championships, two conference titles, and three NCAA Tournament appearances while compiling a career record of 479-402-2.
Most people pack sunblock and bathing suits for their Christmas or spring break trips to Mexico. Jeff Cogbill and his son Aries pack baseball equipment. Lots of it. Cogbill and his son were in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun, over Christmas and again from March 15-21 to continue a mission the pair initiated after a 2010 trip to the island.
Matsushima AHCA All-American UW-River Falls' senior forward Eddie Matsushima has been named to the 2019 CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) NCAA Division III All-America Second Team, becoming the first Falcon AHCA All-American since 2010. Matsushima, a Verona native, was the Falcons' top scorer this season with 14 goals and 17 assists on his way to earning first team All-WIAC honors. He was also named the WIAC Max Sparger Men's Hockey Co-Scholar-Athlete while boasting a 3.97 grade point average and majoring in business management.