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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As an offensive lineman on the River Falls football team, senior Tanner Kelm is used to having his teammates' backs. Now he's got teammates, opponents, classmates, and people he doesn't even know covering his. Kelm has been undergoing treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer that affects the bones and the tissue surrounding the bones, since January. His treatment has included chemotherapy treatments every other week that require hospital stays of 3 to 5 days each visit.
Lacrosse pushes winning streak to four Four different Falcons registered hat tricks in an 18-1 win over the University of Dubuque Tuesday, April 23, and Emma Kohlbeck tallied eight goals in a 16-11 victory over Augsburg Sunday, April 28, as the UW-River Falls women's lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to four to improve to 9-5-0 in its inaugural season.
One-by-one the St. Paul Saints had a player from their 2018 team get their contract purchased by a Major League organization. Five this off-season and a total of six from a team that reached the American Association Championship Series last season. That's the goal of all who don a Saints uniform. Those hoping to join the list of 124 players that have worn a Saints uniform and gone on to a Major League organization will have an opportunity when the Saints hold their open tryouts.
Lacrosse posts first home win The UW-River Falls women's lacrosse team scored 11 goals in the second half to defeat Illinois Institute of Technology, 14-7, for its first-ever home victory Saturday, April 20, at Ramer Field. It was just the second home game for the Falcons and moved their record to 7-5 in their inaugural season. Four goals from Gina Jablonski and a second-half hat trick from Emma Kohlbeck propelled UWRF to the victory after a low scoring first half.
Lacrosse gets win in Iowa Gina Jablonski's sixth goal of the game with five minutes remaining capped an eight goal second half and gave the Falcon women's lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Clarke University Sunday, April 14, in Dubuque, Iowa. UWRF trailed 10-6 at halftime before outscoring the host Pride 8-3 in the second half and improve to 6-5-0 in its inaugural season.
When Faye Perkins arrived at UW-River Falls in 1986, the softball field on campus was nothing more than a dirt infield with a chain-link fence backstop. "That was it," she said. "There was no outfield fence, there were no dugouts, no batting cages, no pitching warm-up area. We had to carry benches out from the Knowles Center to sit on." Perkins went on to coach the Falcons for 22 seasons, leading the team to six WIAC West Division championships, two conference titles, and three NCAA Tournament appearances while compiling a career record of 479-402-2.
Lacrosse drops inaugural home game UW-River Falls' women's lacrosse team couldn't keep pace with the undefeated Hamline Pipers in their inaugural home game at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Wednesday night, April 3. The Falcons were down by as little as two goals with about five minutes remaining in the first half, but they ultimately fell 13-6 before a large crowd of UWRF students and fans witnessing their first lacrosse action in school history.
Matsushima AHCA All-American UW-River Falls' senior forward Eddie Matsushima has been named to the 2019 CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) NCAA Division III All-America Second Team, becoming the first Falcon AHCA All-American since 2010. Matsushima, a Verona native, was the Falcons' top scorer this season with 14 goals and 17 assists on his way to earning first team All-WIAC honors. He was also named the WIAC Max Sparger Men's Hockey Co-Scholar-Athlete while boasting a 3.97 grade point average and majoring in business management.
"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.