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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Northwoods League owners announced Wednesday, Oct. 11, that the Hudson-based St. Croix River Hounds will join the league as its newest expansion franchise beginning with the 2019 baseball season. The River Hounds will make their home in a new stadium that will be part of a multi-use campus planned for the old 130-acre St. Croix Meadows dog track.
There are plenty of reasons to love UW-River Falls' new Don Page Arena, but Falcon volleyball coach Patti Ford came up with a new one after her team played the first-ever game at the new facility. "I was thinking that if we were playing in Karges it would have been sopping wet in there," she said, referring to the hot, humid night. "So the fact we get to play in a nice air conditioned facility is just another thing to love about it."
The Prescott volleyball team finished fifth at the eight-team Hudson Invitational Saturday, Sept. 9, with a record of 2-2. The Cardinals opened pool play with a 2-0 loss to Bloomer by scores of 25-21, 25-20, before coming from behind for a three-set win over Colfax, 19-25, 25-14, 15-9. In the playoff round they dropped a three-set decision to host and eventual tournament champion Hudson, 21-25, 25-19, 14-16 before sweeping Menomonie, 25-10, 25-13, in the fifth place match.
UW-River Falls had over twice as many first downs, over four times as many rushing yards and nearly twice as many total yards as Coe College in its 2017 season opener Saturday, Sept. 2, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. They also had five times as many turnovers. Throw in two missed field goals, a missed extra point kick, and 87 yards in penalties and it all added up to a 13-9 loss to the defending Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Kohawks.
The following is an op/ed column written by Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Dave Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that's exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.
The Ellsworth Panthers made a pair of first half touchdowns passes by Drake Flom hold up in a 13-7 win over the River Falls Wildcats in high school football action Friday night, Aug. 25, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field in River Falls. Flom hit Logan Benson for a 36-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter and found Ryan McGregor from 17 yards out in the second to stake Ellsworth to a 13-0 halftime lead after a missed extra point.
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.