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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It took 59 years for organized amateur baseball to come to River Falls. It took four years to win the first state championship. The River Falls Fighting Fish won the first state title in their four-year existence Sunday by defeating the Beef River Bulldogs, 9-8, in the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Championship game in Coon Valley. The win made history on a number of fronts, coming on the heels of the River Falls Post 121 team's first-ever American Legion state championship earlier this month.
The River Falls Fighting Fish can lock up their second straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League title with wins over the Menomonie Eagles and St. Croix Falls River Bandits this weekend at the River Falls High School field. The Fish lost to the Eagles, 3-2, on a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday in Menomonie.
History will be made Friday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course when the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame welcomes its inaugural class of inductees. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday, July 29, when the inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame Class is honored at the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
The River Falls American Legion baseball team won six of seven games it played last week, with its only loss coming in the championship game of the Falls Classic Tournament Sunday afternoon. The locals swept a doubleheader from Menomonie last Tuesday and defeated New Richmond, 10-0 on Wednesday before going 3-1 at the Falls Classic, including a 4-0 no-hitter tossed by J.P.
The River Falls Fighting Fish stayed perfect in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with a 4-3, extra-inning win on the road at Osceola last Wednesday night before improving to 8-3 overall with a 6-4 nonleague victory over the Eau Claire Bears Saturday. The Fish hit the road for five straight games, beginning with a SCVBL contest at Menomonie Wednesday, June 15, before returning home to host the Ellsworth Hubbers on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m.
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.