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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RIVER FALLS -- What do you get when you take 2,300 people, put them in a ballpark built to hold 350, throw in the St. Paul Saints and all their bells and whistles, on an 80-degree day in May? One heck of a good time.
History will be made on a couple of levels this Saturday, May 13, when the St. Paul Saints play their first-ever barnstorming game outside of Minnesota and become the first professional baseball team ever to play at First National Bank of River Falls Field. The Saints and partner Killebrew Root Beer will visit River Falls for an exhibition game against the St. Croix Valley Baseball League All Stars, including six members of the River Falls Fighting Fish and one from the over-35 River Falls Groupers.
UW-RIVER FALLS -- There will be at least one more weekend of basketball at UW-River Falls' venerable Karges Center. The Falcon men made sure of that by beating UW-Oshkosh, 60-59, in the WIAC Tournament championship game Saturday to sweep the conference regular season and tournament crowns. UWRF's 24-3 record and No. 4 national ranking also earned it the right to host first and second round games of the NCAA Division III National Tournament at the 58 year-old Karges Center this weekend.
The Wildcat girls’ basketball team’s first appearance at the WIAA State Basketball Tournament ended in a 51-41 loss to Cedarburg in a Division 2 state semifinal game Saturday, March 13, in Green Bay. The Cats fought back from a 12-point first quarter deficit to tie the score just before halftime but could never take the lead. River Falls scored the first basket of the game but trailed 16-4 at the end of one. The Cats then went on a 14-2 run to tie the score, 18-18, on a jumper by Karly Murphy with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter. Cedarburg led 27-20 at halftime.
Artificial turf will be installed at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field this fall, but not in time for the River Falls High School or UWRF football openers. The replacement of the natural grass field with artificial turf began Wednesday, July 30, and isn’t expected to be completed until Oct. 1. The installation of artificial turf at David Smith Stadium is being done in conjunction with the first phase of UWRF’s $63.5 million Falcon Center project. Funding for the project was approved by the state in Oct.
In the age-old riddle about what came first, the chicken or the egg, Josh Eidem and Ryan Bishop chose the former. Eidem and Bishop, both former baseball players at UW-River Falls, were teammates in 2007 on the Spring Valley Hawks amateur baseball team when one said to the other—“Wouldn’t it be great to have a nice ballpark in River Falls?” Bishop, then in his eighth season as the River Falls High School baseball coach, knew that without an amateur team in town, the chances of garnering enough support to build a ballpark would be slim.
By Dan Wilcox, outdoor columnist Among the most abundant organisms on earth are the fungi. They live in the soil, in plants, in rivers and lakes, on our skin, and in us. Much of the biomass in soils is comprised of thin threads of fungi, the mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizal fungi have mutualistic relationships with most species of plants. Plant roots provide the fungi with carbohydrates; the fungi in turn increase water and nutrient absorption to the plant roots. Most soil fungi are beneficial.
UW-River Falls has announced it will suspend its intercollegiate men’s and women’s diving teams effective June 30 following a recommendation by the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee. According to a statement released by the university April 30, the decision was based on a study of the athletics sports module that included information from the UWRF Faculty Senate Athletic Committee, the Athletic Department, staff, students and alumni. The recommendation to suspend the swimming and diving teams was made by UWRF Athletic Director Roger Ternes and further recommended by the UWRF Faculty
Avon Kohl is not shy about her bowling legacy.
Hudson’s defense stopped Appleton North twice inside the one-yard line in the final 12 seconds to preserve a 20-14 victory in a WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in Chippewa Falls. The win sends the Raiders to the state semifinals against defending champion Hartland Arrowhead this Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Stevens Point. Hudson snapped a 14-14 tie with Wade Malecha’s second touchdown run of the game, from three yards out, with just over two minutes remaining.