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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After all the anticipation leading up to last Friday night's showdown between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial for the Big Rivers Conference championship, it took just 12 seconds for the Raiders to take control. Parker Shefveland scored just 12 seconds after the opening faceoff, assisted by AJ Romanoski and Adam Lipps, and the Raiders never trailed on their way to clinching the BRC title with a 3-2 victory over the Old Abes. The win was one of four posted by the Raiders in a busy week of action that saw them end the regular season with a record of 17-5-0 overall and claim their first BRC cha
Juniors Willie Skinner and Sawyer Arndt each qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in two events and teamed up with classmates August Jorgensen and Miles Townsend to earn berths at state in two relay events at last Saturday's Division 1 sectional meet at the middle school pool. Hudson finished second at the 11-team sectional to third-ranked Eau Claire Alliance (North/Memorial) with a total of 303 points.
Hudson wrestling coach Chris Hansen couldn't hide his enthusiasm over the Raiders' first place finish at the 12-team Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix County Conference Challenge Saturday. "Truth is, Saturday was probably our finest individual tournament we have had in the nine years I have been the coach," Hansen said. "It was the perfect combination of great wrestling and luck, coupled with some bad luck by our opponents. Seemed everything went our way." Hudson went into the tournament without a No.
Four Hudson High School senior student-athletes announced where they will be heading after graduation by signing national letters of intent on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the high school. Matt Iverson, Alex Burgess, Ryan Kromer and Bryan Caffin, with their parents and coaches, by their side, signed national letters of intent at the end of the school day in the school commons. Iverson will play football at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., while Burgess will play football at Bemidji State University.
Senior Lucas Rukavina won an individual conference title in the 100 yard backstroke in his first meet of the season and junior Sawyer Arndt took first in the 500 freestyle to lead the Raider boys' swimming and diving team to a second place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet last Saturday n River Falls. The Eau Claire Alliance co-op won its 20th straight BRC title with a total of 649 points followed by Hudson with 434 and Chippewa Falls with 351.
The Hudson gymnasts hosted their annual Raider Invitational Saturday at Willow River Elementary School and came away with a third place finish in the seven-team tournament. River Falls won the team title with a total score of 131.725 and Tartan (Minn.) was second with 131 while Hudson placed third with 128.05.
The Raider wrestling team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St.
Alex Herink hit a free throw in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, but Eau Claire North doubled up the Raiders in the extra session to escape with a 38-34 victory last Friday night, Jan. 18 in Hudson. Herink's free throw tied the score at 30 apiece before the Huskies outscored the Raiders 8-4 in overtime. Hudson led 12-8 at the end of one but managed just a free throw in the second quarter as the Huskies took a 16-13 lead.
The Raider girls' basketball team gave Big Rivers Conference-leading Eau Claire North all it could handle last Thursday night, Jan. 17, before the Huskies escaped with a 60-49 victory. Saturday, Jan. 19, Hudson went down to the wire at Goodhue, Minn., before falling in overtime, 70-65. The Raiders, now 4-9 overall, 2-4 in BRC play, visit La Crosse Central (7-6) this Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and La Crosse Logan (8-5) Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2:45 p.m. before returning to BRC play Tuesday, Jan.
The Raider girls' hockey team played to a 2-2 tie with Chippewa Falls/Menomonie last Thursday night, Jan. 17, to move into a tie for second place in the Big Rivers Conference standings. Last Monday, the Raiders downed Black River Falls, 7-5, in a nonconference matchup to give them a record of 5-7-1 overall. They also dropped an 11-1 decision to third-ranked Hayward/Spooner Friday to give them a record of 5-7-1 heading into this Thursday's (Jan. 24) contest against BRC leader and eighth-ranked St. Croix Valley (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St.