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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UW-River Falls junior defensive back Alex Adams, center, leads youngsters from the River Falls Youth Football Association as they yell "One-two-three --bacon!" and break a huddle after Adams and his teammates practiced with the group last Tuesday at Ramer Field. When Adams asked the kids what they wanted to yell they responded, "bacon!" This is the second straight year the Falcons have hosted the youth football players for a practice and autograph session.
One of the most popular cross country mountain bike racing events in the area returns to River Falls with a new name later this month when the Border Crossing takes place on the trails of the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park Sunday, Aug.
The River Falls Fighting Fish remained undefeated in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a big 6-3 victory over the Prescott Pirates Saturday in Prescott. The Fish posted an 8-4 win Sunday in Bay City to improve to 10-0 in league play, 23-8 overall. They visit the Hudson River Rats this Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Elmwood Expos Sunday at 1 p.m. before taking on the Spring Valley Hawks Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Spring Valley. River Falls' next home game will be Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m.
After dropping a pair of one run games to open the season, the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball team picked up its first victory of the season, 13-7, over the Isanti Redbirds Sunday afternoon at the high school field. The defending Wisconsin state champion Fish used a 10-run third inning and five different pitchers to defeat the Minnesota Class C state champion Redbirds on Mother's Day. The Fish, now 1-2 on the season, will open St. Croix Valley Baseball League play this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Plum City Legion Park against the Plum City Blues.
The 27th annual Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support UW-River Falls athletics will be held Monday, June 18, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.
The third time proved to be the charm for the UW-River Falls men's basketball team. After being swept by UW-Whitewater in the regular season, the Falcons battled back from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warhawks, 64-58, in the WIAC Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon in Whitewater. The win gives the Falcons their first-ever WIAC Tournament championship and an automatic berth in this week's NCAA Division III National Tournament. UWRF, now 20-7 on the season, lost both regular season games to the Warhawks, including a last-second, 55-53, decision last Saturday at Karg
The inaugural River Falls Baseball Bash, a celebration of two state champion baseball teams and the kickoff to the Community Ballpark Project, is all set for Saturday night, Feb. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. The event, hosted by the River Falls Baseball Council, will be a night of games, raffles, silent auctions, food and a brief program.
UW-River Falls' senior Shane Manor continued to make his case for All-American and the Falcons men's basketball team remained tied for first place in the WIAC as Manor led the team to victories over UW-Stout and UW-Platteville last week. Manor scored a team-high 18 points in both wins, adding ten rebounds to his stat line in the Falcons' 72-50 victory at Stout last Wednesday and hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field in UWRF's 61-53 home victory Saturday over Platteville.
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams can earn at least shares of their respective Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships when they take on UW-Whitewater in a college basketball doubleheader Saturday at Karges Center. The Falcon women host the Warhawks at 3 p.m. while the men's game is scheduled for 5 p.m. The UWRF women can share the WIAC title with a win over Whitewater and a UW-Eau Claire victory over UW-Stevens Point. The Blugolds and Pointers square off at 3 p.m.
For the second consecutive season, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team has defeated the defending NCAA Division III champions at Karges Center. Shane Manor led four Falcons in double figures as 21st-ranked UWRF defeated No. 8 St. Thomas, 79-64, in their home opener Tuesday night. The Falcons led 36-32 at halftime before St. Thomas scored the first basket of the second half to pull to within two.