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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Josh Eidem remembers the exact moment he fell in love with town baseball. "I came up from Rochester to play with some of my UW-River Falls teammates for the Spring Valley Hawks at the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Days Tournament in 2000," he recalled. "It was a Saturday night game and I was standing out in center field with all these people at the game cheering and having a good time and I was thinking, 'Why do I go home during the summer?' I came in to pitch at the end of the game and people were just screaming.
Sophomore Sally Cranston scored 24 seconds into the fourth overtime to end the longest championship game in WIAA State Girls' Hockey Tournament history and lift the St. Croix Valley Fusion to a 3-2 victory over the top-ranked Central Wisconsin Storm Saturday at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The state title is the third straight for the Fusion, a cooperative team consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central and Spring Valley high schools. St. Croix Valley advanced to the championship game with a 7-1 victory over Appleton United Friday.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team advanced to the WIAC Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history by defeating UW-Platteville, 69-60, in a semifinal game Thursday night at Karges Center. Falcon seniors Jontae Koonkaew and Jake Voeltz, playing for the final time in front of the Karges faithful, carried the team on their backs in the second half as UW-RF hit the 20-win mark for the first time since 2004. Koonkaew scored 20 of his team-high 23 points in the second half while Voeltz finished with 20 points, 14 after intermission. The Falcons will travel to UW-Steve
The UW-River Falls women's hockey team has accomplished a lot since its inception in 1999. But it's never been ranked No. 1 in the nation. Until now. The Falcons, by virtue of a weekend sweep over Finlandia University, coupled with previous No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology's loss to Oswego Saturday, moved into the top spot in this week's USCHO.com poll released Monday afternoon. UW-RF beat Finlandia 7-1 Saturday and 12-0 Sunday at Hunt Arena. The 12 goals is a team record for most goals in a game. The Falcons have been ranked nationally for 38 straight weeks but have never been No.
The St. Croix Valley Fusion won their Big Rivers Conference opener against the Eau Claire-Altoona Stars last Tuesday before improving to 5-0 overall with a 4-3 win Thursday at Breck, Minn. Saturday's highly-anticipated matchup between the second-ranked Fusion and No. 1 Central Wisconsin Storm (Mosinee), scheduled to be played at Baldwin's United Civic Center, was cancelled due to the severe snow storm that blew through the state. No make-up date has been announced. The Fusion return to action against the Capital City Cougars (Sun Prairie) Friday at 8 p.m.
Fresh off their weekend win over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point, the 18th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team routed UW-Eau Claire, 75-51, Wednesday night at Karges Center to take over sole possession of first place in the WIAC. The Falcons and Blugolds entered the game as the only undefeated teams in conference play, each at 2-0. UW-RF used a smothering defense and a balanced offense that saw nine players finish with at least six points in the win.
Two people were taken to River Falls Area Hospital following a fiery three-vehicle accident that shut down the Hwy. 35/65 bypass for over an hour Monday morning in River Falls. The accident occurred at 8:25 a.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 35/65 and County Road M (Division St.). According to River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque, a vehicle driven by Algot H. Anderson, age 79, of Prescott, attempted to turn south onto the highway when it collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Brianna P. Vogl, 23, of Prescott. Vogl's vehicle then collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Jason C.
River Falls' senior fullback Nick Zimmerman rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats picked up their first win of the season, 30-12, over Ellsworth Friday night at Ramer Field in River Falls. Zimmerman scored on runs of 24 and 54 in the first half to help stake River Falls to a 14-6 halftime lead and added a pair of 12 yard touchdown runs in the second half as the Wildcats pulled away. Ellsworth's first touchdown came on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Bryce Stockwell to Alex Campbell on the last play of the first quarter.
The storybook tale of the River Falls Fighting Fish continues. Three years after moving to River Falls from Spring Valley in an effort to rejuvenate the franchise, the Fish have qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association Finals this weekend in Tomahawk. The Fish, champions of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League, clinched a spot in the 8-team finals with a pair of comeback victories over the weekend in Rib Lake.
The River Falls Fighting Fish took care of business Saturday, but the Hudson River Rats didn't make it easy. The Fish, behind a complete-game, 15-strikeout, effort by lefty Rick Wells blanked the River Rats 1-0 to win their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League North Division championships and first overall league title. The game at the River Falls High School field became a SCVBL championship game thanks to Hudson's 8-1 win over New Richmond the previous night.