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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Riding through downtown River Falls on top of a fire truck never gets old for Wildcat gymnastics coach Lauren Kaminski. Kaminski made four of those trips as a gymnast with the Wildcats from 2002-05, one as an assistant coach, and the last three years as head coach, including this past Sunday, March 4, after the Cats earned their third straight runner-up trophy at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships. "That's eight out of the 10 years I've been involved," she said. "That's really cool to get to experience, and really fun for the girls to experience."
UW-Eau Claire's Mariah Czech scored 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blugolds to a 3-2 victory over UW-River Falls in the WIAC women's hockey O'Brien Cup championship game at Hunt Arena Saturday, March 3. The loss ended UWRF's streak of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances while sending Eau Claire to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.
Senior forward Kamryn Jacobs headlines a list of five St. Croix Valley Fusion players who have been named to 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams by the conference coaches. Jacobs was named to the All-BRC First Team for the third straight season while junior forward Anna Albrightson earned honorable mention for the third time and sophomore forward Taylar Meier received honorable mention for the second straight year. Senior forward Maddie Schultz and sophomore goalie Sydney Seeley both received honorable mention for the first time.
Senior Jacob Anderson became Hudson's first three-time state place-winner with his third straight fifth place finish at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 22-24, in Madison. Anderson fought back from a loss to eventual state champion Peyton Mocco in the 160-pound quarterfinals and another to third place finisher Reed Williams of Holmen in the consolation semifinals to pin Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper in 2 minutes, 59 seconds to claim fifth place. He was fifth at 152 pounds at the 2017 state tournament and fifth at 138 pounds in 2016.
Wildcat wrestling coach Kevin Black hopes Mitchell Williamson, Nathan Fuller and Chance Kamrowski sent a message to the rest of the team at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.
The Hudson gymnastics team earned a return trip to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Tournament after qualifying with a second place team finish at the Division 1 sectional meet at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Saturday, Feb. 24. The entire Raider team will compete in the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln while senior Taylor Owens and freshmen Paige Hillman and Caroline Erickson will compete in the state individual tournament the next day at the same site.
After defeating Fridley, Minn., 64-50, in the regular season finale for their sixth straight victory, Wildcat boys basketball coach Zac Campbell likes the way his team is playing heading into the postseason. "Having not lost a game in the past month, our boys have no reason to fear any team they match up against," he said. "We have shown through the course of the season that we can beat quality teams on the road and we will have to do that in back-to-back nights to get us to sectionals in our extremely talented region."
The Eau Claire Area Stars scored two goals in a three-minute span of the third period to erase a 3-2 St. Croix Valley Fusion lead and defeat the Fusion, 4-3, in a WIAA Section 1 girls hockey semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
The Hudson 5th grade Black traveling basketball team took first place in the Inver Grove Heights tournament Feb. 10-11. Team members include, in front row, from left, Aiden Jamieson, Henry Vandenbark, Sam Swavely, Will Pruzek and Hunter Oswald. Back row, coach Ryan Jamieson, Hunter Renstrom, Caden Gabriel, Logan Kollofski, Jackson Ouellette and coach Jason Swavely. Not pictured is Henry Reece. Photo courtesy of Erin Vandenbark
Junior Logan McLaughlin posted a pair of top ten finishes and senior Huck Boles placed sixth in diving to lead River Falls representatives at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. McLaughlin finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle while teaming up with senior John Augustin, sophomore Seth Larsen and senior Andrew Richardt for a ninth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.