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 Wildcat boys swimming and diving team defeated host Superior, 129-80 but lost to conference-leader Hudson, 176-69, in a Big Rivers Conference tri-dual at Superior Friday, Jan. 5. The team of John Augustin, Seth Larsen, Connor Baar, and Logan McLaughlin capped the meet by winning the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3 minutes, 37.02 seconds, giving the Wildcats enough points to beat Superior but Hudson's depth and well-roundedness earned them the victory over both teams.
The Wildcat gymnastics team always wants to have a good showing at its annual home invitational, so is it any surprise they turned in a season-high score at this year's event? Boosted by a record-setting performance by senior Sam Krueger, the Wildcats put together a score of 139.375, one point better than second place Chisago Lakes, to capture first place at the 12-team Winter Wonderland Invitational Saturday, Jan. 13, at the high school.
The Wildcat boys hockey team's comeback attempt from three goals down came up one goal short against St. Paul Highland Park Saturday, Jan. 13, at Highland Arena in St. Paul to extend the Cats' losing streak to three straight games. Earlier in the week the Wildcats dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference contests, 4-0, at home to Eau Claire North Tuesday, Jan. 9, and 8-1 at top-ranked Hudson Thursday, Jan. 11.
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.
Men's hockey winless on weekend The Falcon men's hockey team played to a tie and a loss in a pair of road games against MIAC opponents over the weekend. The Falcons tied St. Olaf College, 3-3, Friday, Jan. 12, in Northfield, Minn. before dropping a 3-2 decision to Bethel College Saturday, Jan. 13, in St. Paul. Eddie Matsushima, Joe Druplak and Cayden Cahill had a goal apiece to stake UWRF to a 3-1 lead at St. Olaf but the Oles scored twice in the third period, including the tying goal with 58 seconds left with an extra attacker, to salvage a 3-3 tie.
Halfway through the Big Rivers Conference boys basketball schedule, the race for the conference title is shaping up to be a dogfight. And River Falls is right in the thick of things. Midway through the BRC season six of the seven teams are within one game of each other including the Wildcats, who are tied for the top spot with Eau Claire North and Rice Lake with records of 4-2. Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial and Chippewa Falls are bunched up right behind at 3-3.
The Wildcat wrestling team's Big Rivers Conference dual at Chippewa Falls scheduled for last Thursday, Jan. 11, was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Chippewa Falls.
Don't let the Wildcat girls basketball team's 4-9 record fool you. That's the message the Cats sent after giving Big Rivers Conference leading Chippewa Falls all it could handle in a game that was a lot closer than the 72-60 final score indicated last Saturday on Rick Bowen Court at UW-River Falls Don Page Arena. The Wildcats went toe-to-toe with the Cardinals (7-4 overall, 5-0 BRC) before the Cardinals used a 10-0 second half run to earn the 12-point win.
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.
No excuses. That's how Wildat head basketball coach Zac Campbell described his team's two losses last week—a 67-55 road loss at sectional foe Holmen Tuesday, Jan. 2, and a 68-60 overtime loss to Eau Claire Memorial at home Friday, Jan. 5—that stretched the Cats' losing streak to three games. Campbell said the Wildcats' recent struggles have included sickness, responsibility and mental toughness, and while all three are part of the natural ebb and flow of a season, the team's resiliency is being tested.