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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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.
Stop by Hoffman Park on any given day and one thing is clear: It takes a community to build a ballpark. That fact was evident last Saturday, when 30-40 volunteers spent the day grading the infield, installing chain link fencing and working on dugouts at what will be known as First National Bank of River Falls Field.
Former Wildcat all-state baseball player and two-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year Marty Herum of River Falls signed a pro contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, July 25. Herum reported to the Diamondbacks Arizona Rookie League team in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, July 26. Herum finished his sophomore season at UW-Whitewater this past spring, where he batted .413 in 42 games with seven hom
Fans who can’t make it to the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball games this Saturday and Sunday can watch the games live here on the River Falls Journal website. The Fighting Fish will host the Hudson River Rats this Saturday, July 20, and the Bay City Bombers Sunday, July 21, with both games at 1 p.m. at the high school field.
UW-River Falls' head coach Matt Walker congratulates safety Alex Adam after the junior's third interception of the game put the finishing touches on the Falcons' 26-15 victory over UW-Stevens Point Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The win snapped a 14-game home losing streak for the Falcons. Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal.