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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Jake Lindsay still had something to prove to himself at the end of his senior season of high school baseball. In a season already shortened by the lingering winter weather, the returning All-Big Rivers Conference pitcher battled a sinus infection that limited his effectiveness for nearly a month. He finished 3-2 with a 2.07 earned run average and struck out 27 batters in 27 innings while walking just five. But despite earning second team All-BRC and honorable mention all-district honors, he still felt like he could have done more.
Not many teams would call a 1-3 week a success, but when that one win comes against the division leader and moves you one game closer to the playoffs, Fighting Fish player-manager Josh Eidem said he will take it. The Fish dropped a pair of non-league games, 6-5 to the St. Paul Hops Wednesday, July 11, and 14-2 to Minnetonka Sunday, July 15, sandwiched around a split in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play, losing to the Elmwood Expos, 7-4, Friday, July 13 and beating SCVBL North Division leader Spring Valley, 13-7, Saturday, July 14.
Fifteen year-old Logan Cook of River Falls approaches the finish line to win the River Falls Days 2-Mile as mist rises over the Kinnickinnic River below the Maple Street Bridge Saturday morning, July 14. Cook's time of 12 minutes, 37.9 seconds was the fastest of the 99 runners who took part in the 2-Mile. Another 83 runners competed in the 10K along a new course that finished along the new path along the Kinnickinnic. See Page B2 for more race winners. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
Fourteen year-old Morgan Prigge of River Falls, top photo, was the top female finisher in the River Falls Days 2-Mile Run with a time of 14 minutes, 06.6 seconds Saturday, July 14. Above, left, 16 year-old Mason Shea of River Falls crosses the finish line to win the 10K Race with a time of 34.38.4, while above right, former River Falls resident Taylor Heinselman, 27, of Milwaukee was the top female finisher with a time of 43:15.5. A total of 182 runners took part in the 10K and 2-Mile races. Visit www.gopherstateevents.com for complete results. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
The River Falls Fighting Fish desperately needed a win Sunday, June 24, at Elmwood's brand New Sportsman's Park. After losing their previous three games, including their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League loss to New Richmond Wednesday at home, the Fish scratched out a 6-5 victory over the Expos in large part to a gutsy effort from veteran Trevor Gutting. Gutting went the distance on the mound and was the only Fish player with two hits in a cobbled together lineup that included Joe Halling catching for the first time since his high school junior varsity days.
Long time UW-River Falls women's basketball head coach Cindy Holbrook has stepped down from her position to take a new role in the UW-River Falls admissions office, the university announced Thursday, June 21.
The River Falls Post 121 baseball team received contributions up and down the lineup while posting a 5-1 record in six American Legion games last week. Three of the victories came at the team's annual Falls Classic over the weekend, starting with a thrilling 4-3, extra-inning win over Hudson Friday night followed by an 8-0 shutout of Hamline Saturday and an 11-2 win over Ellsworth/Baldwin Sunday.
Seventeen year-old Anna Davenport of Hudson is the 2018 Midwest Log Rolling Champion in the U17 Girls Division after winning the Midwest Log Rolling Championships at a seven state competition in Madison Saturday, June 9.
Former Wildcat Alex Call has been promoted to the Chicago White Sox Class AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League, the team announced Thursday, June 21.
Broasted chicken and ribs at the Speakeasy Saloon outside Neillsville. Oyster po-boy and crawfish etouffee at Buzzard Billy's in La Crosse. A Fat Uncle Tony's at Salvatore's Tomato Pies in Madison. These are just some of the dishes I've eaten in the past nine months traveling around the state covering the accomplishments of River Falls and Hudson student-athletes.