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 was barely seven months ago that the most successful football season in Hudson High School history came to an end. Last week, the book opened on a new year. Over 100 members of the 2013 Raider football team took part in five days of WIAA-sanctioned practice, culminating with last Saturday's fourth annual Navy-White Spring Game at Newton Field.
Senior Kindra Witthus earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors for the fourth straight season while five other Raiders were named to 2013 All-BRC teams for the first time by the conference coaches earlier this month. Witthus, a four-year starting catcher for the Raiders, was named to the All-BRC First Team while freshman pitcher and shortstop Jordan Little and sophomore pitcher Kendra Little were named to the Second Team and senior outfielder Meghan Eisenmann, senior first baseman Serena Schultz and junior outfielder Cheyanne Massie received Honorable Mention.
The Hudson varsity club lacrosse team swept through its final three playoff games and clinched the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association state championship with a 9-5 victory over St. Louis Park on Saturday, June 8, at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Hudson reached the title game by beating Fargo, 15-4, in the MBSLA state quarterfinals June 3 and defeating Becker, 12-7, in the semifinals June 5. They fought back from a 3-0 deficit to beat St. Louis Park, 9-5, in the state title game.
Former Raider baseball teammates Chase Graskewicz and Tyler Dierke both capped their collegiate careers by earning all-conference honors at their respective schools this spring. Graskewicz, a senior at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., was named to the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team while Dierke, a senior at Kenyon College in Cleveland, Ohio, was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference Second Team. Both are 2009 graduates of Hudson High School.
After opening the 2013 season with three straight losses, the Hudson River Rats of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League have won three straight games to even their season record at 4-4. The Rats' latest win came last Saturday, June 8, at Grandview Park when they erased an early 2-0 deficit to Plum City with 13 unanswered runs in a 13-2, seven-inning victory to improve to 3-1 in SCVBL play. Sunday's scheduled game at Elmwood was rained out and will be made up July 28 on the Expos home field. Hudson will travel to Ellsworth to take on the Hubbers this Friday night, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.
After a thrilling 12-inning victory over Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire Memorial in the WIAA sectional semifinals last Thursday, June 6, in Wisconsin Rapids, the Raider baseball team couldn't keep the momentum going in the sectional final against Stevens Point, falling 11-1 in five innings. The loss was just the second of the season for the Raiders and marked the second straight year Hudson has lost to Stevens Point with a berth in the state tournament on the line. "Hats off to Stevens Point," Raider head coach Ryan Huppert said.
Not many high school athletes get to end their season in front of a two-day total of 17,395 people, but that's what 28 Hudson athletes had the chance to do at the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships at the Veteran's Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse last weekend. Raider senior Taylor Steffen made the most of her third and final opportunity at state by bringing home a fifth place medal in the girls' shot put, while freshman Miranda Miller contributed to the Raider girls' team score with an eighth place finish in the 800 meter run.
The Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's boys' varsity club team defeated Mankato, 19-2, in its first round playoff game as nine different players scored goals and 17 of the 19 goals coming off assists. Hudson scored nine unanswered goals in the first quarter. Mankato scored to start the second quarter, but then Hudson scored three more to end the first half with a 12-1 lead In the third quarter Hudson scored five goals to the enthusiastic cheers of the Hudson boys U11 team, which stopped practice early to watch the varsity team.
Rain in Wisconsin Rapids Tuesday, June 4, forced the suspension of the first WIAA baseball sectional semifinal between Eau Claire North and Stevens Point and wiped out Hudson's semifinal game against Eau Claire Memorial slated for later that afternoon. Both games are scheduled to be played Thursday, June 6, with Eau Claire North and Stevens Point resuming play in the top of the fifth inning at 9:30 a.m. and the Raiders and Old Abes scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m.
River Falls' Mitch Lenneman and Trent Powell both reached the awards podium in the boys' 1600 meter run and Hudson's Taylor Steffen took home a medal in the girls' shot put at the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse Saturday. Lenneman and Powell both broke the River Falls' school record in the 1600 meter run to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Lenneman crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 14.42 seconds while Powell was clocked at 4:14.77.