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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"We're still fighting the fight." That was River Falls' activities director Rollie Hall's assessment after the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted in support of a statewide football-only conference realignment plan from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association at its monthly meeting March 1.
Hudson boys' swimming and diving coach Ross Campbell admits the last few weeks have been a blur. The Raiders followed up their first Big Rivers Conference title by winning the WIAA Division 1 sectional Saturday, Feb. 9, in Wisconsin Rapids, winning five of the meet's 12 events while sending eight individuals and all three relay teams to state. Campbell said he's still trying to soak it all in.
It looks like the River Falls football team will be putting on a lot of miles beginning with the 2020 season, and head coach David Crail isn't happy about it. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association released its final recommendation for a football-only conference realignment plan last week that would move the Wildcats out of the Big Rivers Conference and into the Mississippi Valley Conference beginning with the 2020 season. The WIAA Board of Control is expected to approve the plan at its March 1 meeting.
South Dakota State University senior, and River Falls High School graduate, Tiano Pupungatoa was honored for his play with the Jackrabbits football team this season by being named to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American third team. Pupungatoa, a three-year starter at guard for the Jackrabbits, helped pave the way for an offensive unit that turned in school-record performances by averaging 42.5 points and 480.5 yards of total offense per game.
Ask Marty Herum and J.P. Feyereisen who the better dart thrower is and you're bound to get an argument. "The games are competitive, or they were competitive," Feyereisen said as Herum groaned. "They're not so competitive anymore." "I usually blow him out of the water," Herum responded.
Falcon men push WIAC's best Four days after dropping a one-point decision at 25th-ranked UW-La Crosse, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team gave No. 4 UW-Oshkosh all it could handle in an 80-69 defeat Saturday, Jan. 26, at Don Page Arena. UWRF trailed the Titans by just four, 67-63, with five minutes remaining before Oshkosh closed the game on a 13-6 run with eight of those points coming from the free throw line.
When Don Johnson collapsed on the alley after leaving the 10-pin standing to finish with a 299 in the finals of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions, Dick Ritger was there to pick him up. "I just felt so bad for him," Ritger said from his River Falls home last week. That match, televised live on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" from Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio on April 4, 1970, was recently voted the No. 1 moment in the Professional Bowlers Association's 60 Greatest Moments as the PBA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018.
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.