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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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.
The River Falls Fighting Fish won two of three games last week to maintain their one game lead over Menomonie in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. The Fish dropped a 4-1 decision at New Richmond last Wednesday before winning twice over the weekend -- 10-2 Saturday at St. Croix Falls and 18-8 Sunday at home over Hager City. River Falls is now 10-3 in the SCVBL, one game ahead of 9-4 Menomonie.
Thanks to the River Falls Rotary Club, the legacy of former Pierce County Sherriff's Investigator Jim Dollahon will live on in the form of the club's Golf for Kids Tournament on Monday, Aug. 2, at the River Falls Golf Club. Dollahon died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 38. For the last 10 years his wife Julie, along with Dollahon's friends and coworkers, have organized the James F. Dollahon Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit area children and families in need.
Scott Landin said a neat thing happened to him when he returned to the River Falls Golf Club as its new pro this spring. "My first week here, there were all these members that I knew when I was a kid," he said. "I thought they were old then and they're all still here. There were a lot of people I hadn't seen in years and years. And they're still in River Falls and still playing golf." Landin, 41, is certainly familiar with the course on the hill. He played his first round of golf as a junior member at the club when he was 12 years old, and started working putting away carts when he was 13.
The River Falls Fighting Fish solidified their grip on first place in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League last week by going 2-1 in league play, including a big 9-2 victory over division rival Osceola on Sunday. At the halfway point of the season, the Fish lead the North Division with a league record of 5-1. Menomonie is in second at 5-3, while Osceola and Hudson are each 4-3. The Fish will host the St. Croix Falls River Bandits (2-4) Saturday before taking on the St. Paul Mudhens in a non-league game at home Sunday. Saturday's game against St.
Rick Bowen said it was no accident that his last official day as UW-River Falls athletic director was Monday. "That was totally planned," he said about leaving on the same day as the 25th annual Don Page Varsity Club Golf outing. "I just thought it was a great day to quit; to see some old friends and enjoy the day." Bowen, who announced his retirement in March, hosted over 140 golfers and even more people for dinner in his last official act as the school's athletic director.
After an ugly start to the Plum City Memorial Day Tournament over the weekend, the River Falls Fighting Fish bounced back to win two straight games and the consolation championship. The Fish were held to just one hit in a 14-0 loss to the Hudson River Rats in the tourney opener Saturday morning, but recovered to defeat the Elmwood Expos 12-2 Sunday before clinching the consolation championship with a 12-10 win over the Bay City Bombers on Monday. None of the games counted in the St.
For the first time in its 81-year history, the River Falls Golf Club will have a new owner beginning next month. The club's board of directors has agreed to sell the course for $1.5 million to Hanson Bros. Golf Holdings LLC of Hammond, the same group that bought the Hudson Golf Course earlier this month. Under the agreement, the board has until April 30 to consider other offers and Hanson Bros.