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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All seven Hudson boys’ finished in the top 11 and all of Hudson’s girls’ placed in the top 20 as the Raiders cross country teams swept their home invitational Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the middle school. The Raider boys took five of the top six places to score a near-perfect 18 in the nine-team race. New Richmond was a distant second with 55 while Hastings was third with 87.
For the second straight week the UW-River Falls football team dug a hole it couldn't get out of, falling to Missouri Baptist, 38-28, on a sweltering afternoon at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Saturday, Sept. 15. Missouri Baptist raced out to a 24-7 second quarter lead before the Falcons pulled to within three, 31-28, with a touchdown and two-point conversion on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Despite the Raider volleyball team having to move its home opener to the middle school due to the ongoing construction at the high school, a good crowd turned out to cheer the team on against Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 13, and they were rewarded with a 3-1 Big Rivers Conference victory by the home team. The win was the second of the week for Hudson, coming two days after sweeping Baldwin-Woodville in a nonconference match at Baldwin.
Koehler lifts booters to win Junior forward Maggie Koehler of Hudson scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 90th minute, to lift the UW-River Falls women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Northland College Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Ramer Field. Koehler scored her first goal of the match three minutes in before Camryn Altnau found the back of the net to give UWRF a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Raider football team didn’t take advantage of all of its opportunities in Superior Friday night, Sept. 14, but it did enough to come away with a 16-7 victory over the Spartans to improve to 5-0 on the season. Hudson outgained Superior 442-111 and had 20 first downs compared to the Spartan’s six, but it was still a one-point game until Keyser Helterbrand’s 21-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter sealed Hudson’s comeback.
Junior Rachel Ball won the girls’ individual title and junior Cale Wimer and senior Jacob Mathes finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the boys’ race, to lead the Raider cross country teams to a team sweep at the Rice Lake Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 11, on the UW-Barron County campus in Rice Lake.
Since 2008, Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial are the only two teams to win Big Rivers Conference boys’ soccer titles. Both entered their Tuesday, Sept. 11 matchup in Eau Claire 3-0 in BRC play this season. And for nearly 88 minutes neither team could get the upper hand.
Cole Danielson and Keyser Helterbrand scored two touchdowns each and Helterbrand threw another as the Raider football team remained undefeated with a 49-7 victory at Eau Claire North Friday, Sept. 7. Danielson scored on first half runs of 1 and 5 yards, sandwiched around a 6-yard touchdown run by Hunter Luetkens. Helterbrand hit Ben Karls just before halftime to stake Hudson to a 28-7 lead.
Hudson's girls' golf team put together it best score of the season to take third at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 6. Three Raiders finished in the top ten individually to lead Hudson to a season-low score of 196.
The Hudson boys' and girls' cross country teams competed at the prestigious St. Olaf High School Showcase Thursday, Aug. 30, in Northfield, Minn., with the Raider girls placing eighth of of 33 teams and the boys 32nd out of 38. The boys' race featured four of the top 10 ranked teams in Minnesota while the girls side featured No. 2 nationally ranked Wayzata and 23rd nationally ranked Mountain View, Idaho, as well as three of the top 13 girls in the nation based on individual rankings.