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 Raider girls hockey team tuned up for the WIAA playoffs by beating a pair of ranked teams over the weekend, topping the 10th-ranked Warbirds (Beaver Dam co-op) 6-2 Friday, Feb. 9 and No. 7 Wisconsin Valley Union (Stevens Point co-op), 6-0, Saturday, Feb. 10. Hudson will take a record of 22-2-0 and the No. 1 ranking in the state into a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Gornick Arena against either fourth-seeded Hayward or the No. 5 Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset co-op). The sectional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, in Hudson.
After a disappointing one-point loss to last place UW-Stout Wednesday, Feb. 7, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team completed a season sweep of UW-Whitewater with a 76-66 victory Saturday, Feb. 10, at Page Arena to remain in contention for a home game in the first round of the WIAC Tournament beginning Feb. 21.
The River Falls Gymnastics Club Teams had outstanding showings in their last two meets. The teams traveled to Austin, Minn. for an 11-team invitational Jan. 27 and all three teams posted season high scores with a handful of individuals earning their highest all-around scores of the season. Team 1 Equinox scored 132.35 to place first in its division, Team 2 Eclipse scored 123.95 and Team 3 Super Novas scored 118.9 to place first in its division. On Jan. 21 the teams competed at in invitational in La Crosse with Team 1 placing first, Team 2 second and Team 3 first.
The Hudson High School Raidaires Dance Team took second place at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships in La Crosse Saturday, Feb. 3. The team made Raidaires history by placing second in both Division 1 Hip Hop and Division 1 Jazz, their highest placement ever in the Jazz division. Three Hudson dancers also competed in the solo division and all three—junior Chloe Hoff and seniors Lizzy Hughes and Jordy Nack—were named to the Wisconsin All-State Dance Team.
A home win over UW-Platteville Jan. 10 wasn't enough to keep the UW-River Falls men's basketball team from dropping six spots in this week's D3hoops.com rankings after the Falcons lost to No. 13 UW-Oshkosh on the road three nights later. The Falcons entered last week ranked No. 7 in the nation and took care of unranked Platteville, 91-84, last Wednesday at Page Arena. But UWRF suffered its second WIAC loss of the season and slipped to 11-3 overall with Saturday's 67-58 loss at Oshkosh.
The sixth-ranked UWRF women's hockey team erupted for 20 goals in a weekend sweep of Concordia College last Friday and Saturday in Moorhead, Minn. The Falcons topped the Cobbers, 10-4, Friday, Jan. 5, before matching that goal total with a 10-3 win Saturday, Jan. 6.
The fifth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to second-ranked Eau Claire-Altoona on the road Thursday, Jan. 4, before getting some revenge against Superior at home Saturday, Jan. 6. Superior had beaten the Fusion 5-4 in overtime the week before at the Culver's Cup in Madson, but St. Croix Valley jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the rematch at Wildcat Centre and held off a late Spartan surge for a 4-3 victory.
After a lackluster 73-48 loss in its WIAC opener at home against unranked UW-Stevens Point Wednesday Jan. 3, the third-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 10-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining to defeat fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 81-80, Saturday, Jan. 6, in Whitewater. Brennan Witt's jumper with less than two seconds left capped a 7-0 Falcon run to close the game.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls women's hockey team will host the Korean national team in an exhibition game Sunday, Jan. 7, at Hunt Arena in the Falcon Center. The game will be a tune-up for the visiting team which will compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February with an automatic entry as the host nation.
Wildcat volleyball makes history River Falls was captivated by the season the high school volleyball team put together in 2017. The Wildcats won their second straight Big Rivers Conference championship, qualified for the WIAA State Tournament for the second straight year and reached the state title game for the first time before suffering their only loss of the season in a five-set thriller to Burlington.