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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I ended a long term relationship earlier this year. One that, on some days made me feel like I was on top of the world, and on others made me miserable, and ashamed to go home to my wife. It was a typical love-hate relationship. One that gripped me so tightly I thought I could never let go. One that I poured my heart and soul into, but in the end realized wasn't worth all the passion and hard work I put into it. I quit playing golf. I never intended to get so serious about it. As a youth I could care less.
Christian Sanda, age 11, of Hudson, broke three meet records to bring home three gold medals from the 2009 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in Reno, Nev., over the 4th of July weekend. Sanda, competing in the Pre-Midget Division, won the 100 meter dash in 13.61 seconds, the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 2.5 inches, and the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 2 inches. All three marks are new AAU West Coast Junior Olympic records in the Pre-Midget Division and earned Sanda a spot at the AAU Junior Olympics National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, July 27 - Aug.
The Hudson River Rats won three more games last week to run their winning streak to a team-record nine in a row and move into sole possession of first place in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League's North Division. The Rats defeated Osceola, 5-3, last Monday, Ellsworth, 16-4, Friday and Menomonie, 4-3, Saturday. They return to Osceola Friday night, July 17 for a 7:30 p.m. start at Oakey Park and wrap up divisional play Sunday afternoon, July 19 at St. Croix Falls. Last week's three victories upped the Rats' record to 9-3 in SCVBL play, 14-8 overall.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team went 2-2 at the Falls Classic Tournament in River Falls over the weekend, but both wins came in domineering fashion. Hudson opened play by losing to eventual tournament champions Chippewa Falls, 15-1, Friday night bet responded with an 11-2 pounding of Red Wing in its first game Saturday.
If you've never been to the Kansas City Chiefs summer training camp at UW-River Falls, this year could be your last chance. The Chiefs will hold their 19th summer training camp at UW-RF July 31-Aug. 20. Last month the team announced plans to return its annual summer camp back to the state of Missouri and made a multi-million-dollar contribution to support construction of a new training facility on the campus of Missouri Western State University in St.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team split its last four games to bring its record to 7-5 on the season. Hudson dropped a 7-3 decision to River Falls last Wednesday and split a doubleheader at Chippewa Falls Thursday before pulling out a 4-3, extra-inning win over Menomonie Monday at Grandview Park. Hudson's latest victory came when Jeff Schmitz sprinted home with the winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth after singling and moving to third on a double by Kory Koller. Hudson forced extra innings when Austin Lenzen singled in Derek Krumrei in the bottom of the sixth to t
Hudson's Seth Stanchik was been selected to play in the 33rd Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game this Saturday at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. Stanchik, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive lineman for the Raiders last season, will play for the North Division 1-3 team when it takes on the South at 7 p.m. "He's a special kid," Raider football coach Adam Kowles said about Stanchik. "You rarely see kids his size with his kind of athleticism. It's so impressive when big guys can move like that.
Former Hudson and Wisconsin Badger offensive lineman Kraig Urbik signed a three-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers last week, according to the team's Web site. Financial terms were not released. Urbik, the first of three third-round picks by the Steelers and the 79th selection overall in the 2009 draft, is expected to compete with starter Darnell Stapleton and backup Trai Essex at right guard when the Steelers report to training camp July 31 in Latrobe, Penn. With Urbik's signing, the Steelers have locked up eight of their nine draft choices.
I get a lot of jokes e-mailed to me, and lately my inbox has been filling up with jokes at Brett Favre's expense. Here's a sampling: --Brett Favre has reportedly been sending X-rays to the Minnesota Vikings. It seems like an unnecessary gesture since everyone can already see right through him. --Brett Favre has told friends that he plans to play for the Vikings. Given the way Favre burned the Packers and the Jets, we thought he already WAS a Viking. --Brett Favre is currently selling his 2007 Ford F-150 truck on eBay. Or maybe he isn't. Wait, no no, he is.
It's only fitting that the River Rats would spoil Ellsworth's Cheese Curd fest. The Rats hit eight home runs in three games and outscored their opponents 37-5 on their way to a first-place finish at the Ellsworth Hubbers' annual baseball tournament, which is held in conjunction with the community's Cheese Curd Fest each year. Jason Bast accounted for four of the Rats' home runs, including two in one inning against River Falls in the championship game.