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 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.
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.