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 Eau Claire Alliance boys swim and dive team has won 30 straight Big Rivers Conference championships, so the Wildcats knew they would have their hands full in their BRC dual with the Memorial/North co-op last Thursday, Dec. 6 in Eau Claire. "Being a small team can make it hard to compete against the larger schools, but that didn't stop our guys from swimming hard," head coach Caitlin Brudzinski said.
The Wildcat girls' basketball team is doing all the right things in practice, now they just have to show it in their games. The Cats shot just 31 percent from the field and were outrebounded 47-20 in a 65-48 Big Rivers Conference loss to Hudson on their home floor Friday night, Dec. 7. River Falls trailed 32-22 at the break and every time they made a run in the second half Hudson had an answer as they pulled away for the 17-point victory. Wildcat coach Ian Sticht said the Cats are still struggling to create good shots.
The River Falls Dance team will host its second annual River Falls Wildcats Dance Invitational Saturday, Dec. 15, at the high school. The River Falls Dance team program is comprised of three teams, 25 athletes and four coaches. The team represents the community at local and statewide dance competitions and sporting events. The high school dance team qualified for state in 2015 and 2017. The Wildcats Dance Invitational has doubled in size from last year, hosting 25 teams and 335 dancers this year.
The Wildcat gymnastics team got a run for its money at the Snowflake Invitational hosted by Chippewa Falls Saturday, Dec. 8. Despite posting a team score of 132.975, the Cats were edged out by Hudson's 135.45 for the team title at the 10-team event. Coach Bridgette Lensing said the team showed great energy throughout the meet, but still need to refine their routines.
There's always a buzz when River Falls and Hudson play each other, and that buzz was even louder Friday night, Dec. 7, when the Raiders hosted the Wildcats in their first game in Hudson's expansive new gym. But River Falls spoiled the Raider party by shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season 64-52.
River Falls wrestling coach Kevin Black needed just one word to describe the Wildcat's 37-34 victory over Hudson Thursday night, Dec. 6. “Huge,” he said.
Nearly 300 lifters from around Wisconsin, including some of the state's top lifters, will be competing at the first meet of the season hosted by the River Falls Powerlifting Club this Saturday, Dec. 8. Last year's River Falls girls' team placed second at the meet before going on to win the state team title.
The River Falls hockey team faced an ornery Hudson squad that was coming off back-to-back losses Thursday night, Dec. 6, and the defending state champion Raiders took out their frustrations on the Wildcats by outshooting the Cats 50-5 on their way to a 5-0 victory. Hudson held River Falls without a shot in the opening period while peppering Wildcat goalie Jake Miller with 22 of their own. The Raiders scored on three of those attempts, one on a power play, to take a 3-0 lead.
You know things are going bad for your basketball team when the student section starts chanting, “Let's play football!” That's what happened at the Cat's Den in River Falls Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the middle of a 20-0 run by visiting Eau Claire North that catapulted them to a 62-39 victory.
Jaden Woiwode's goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and Lilly Accola scored into an empty net with 20 seconds left to lift the ninth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion to a 3-1 victory over the Hayward Hurricanes Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in Hayward. Playing their first game in 10 days, the Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Bella Rasmussen scored with an assist from Amber DeLong.