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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"We're still fighting the fight." That was River Falls' activities director Rollie Hall's assessment after the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted in support of a statewide football-only conference realignment plan from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association at its monthly meeting March 1.
Matsushima named WIAC Co-Scholar-Athlete Senior Eddie Matsushima headlines a list of five Falcons named to 2018-19 All-WIAC Men's Hockey teams last week by the conference coaches. Matsushima was the lone Falcon named to the first team while also being named co-recipient of the WIAC Max Sparger Men's Hockey Scholar-Athlete Award. Cayden Cahill, Joe Druplak and and Christian Hausinger received honorable mention to the All-WIAC team while Peter Karavos was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
It looks like the River Falls football team will be putting on a lot of miles beginning with the 2020 season, and head coach David Crail isn't happy about it. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association released its final recommendation for a football-only conference realignment plan last week that would move the Wildcats out of the Big Rivers Conference and into the Mississippi Valley Conference beginning with the 2020 season. The WIAA Board of Control is expected to approve the plan at its March 1 meeting.
Falcon men push WIAC's best Four days after dropping a one-point decision at 25th-ranked UW-La Crosse, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team gave No. 4 UW-Oshkosh all it could handle in an 80-69 defeat Saturday, Jan. 26, at Don Page Arena. UWRF trailed the Titans by just four, 67-63, with five minutes remaining before Oshkosh closed the game on a 13-6 run with eight of those points coming from the free throw line.
When Don Johnson collapsed on the alley after leaving the 10-pin standing to finish with a 299 in the finals of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions, Dick Ritger was there to pick him up. "I just felt so bad for him," Ritger said from his River Falls home last week. That match, televised live on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" from Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio on April 4, 1970, was recently voted the No. 1 moment in the Professional Bowlers Association's 60 Greatest Moments as the PBA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018.
Women's hoops splits openers Strong bench play helped the UW-River Falls women's basketball team erase an 11-point first quarter deficit and go on to a 73-67 win over Gustavus Adolphus in its season opener Friday night, Nov. 9, at Don Page Arena. Saturday the Falcons couldn't hold one to a six-point lead late and fell 55-53 to Lakeland University in Plymouth.
Senior Trenton Monson became UW-River Falls' all-time receiving leader and senior Alex Herink tied the school record for most touchdown catches in a season, but the Falcon football team came up short in its bid for a season-ending win with a 39-25 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 10, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The loss dropped the Falcons into a three-way tie for fifth place with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville in the final WIAC standings at 2-5 each. UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-4 to finish tied with UW-Stout for fourth place.
Matsushima nets four in win over Auggies The UW-River Falls men's hockey team posted a tie and a win across the border last weekend, battling St. John's to a 2-2 draw Friday, Nov. 2, in Collegeville, Minn. before throttling Augsburg University, 7-3, Saturday, Nov. 3, in Minneapolis Senior forward Eddie Matsushima scored four goals Saturday, including one on a power play and another shorthanded, to increase his team-leading total to six through the first four games as the Falcons' improved to 2-1-1.
It's always good to snap a four-game losing streak. It's even better to do it on homecoming. That's what the UW-River Falls football team did last week as Ben Beckman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Sam Altena, Anthony Silva and Tyler Blum combined for 210 rushing yards in a 21-19 homecoming victory over UW-Stout. The win snapped UWRF's four-game losing streak and moved them to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in WIAC play, while Stout slipped to 3-3 and 1-2.
Booters open WIAC play 2-0 The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field. UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday. Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.