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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Four Raider seniors vied for a spot on Team Wisconsin by playing for the Section 1 team at the Wisconsin Senior Class Tournament March 22-24 in Waupun. Forwards Emerson Korum and August Nuutinen, defenseman Daniel Tripicchio, and goaltender Josh Mattis all played in the tournament under Raider coach Brooks Lockwood. The tournament showcases the top senior talent in the state of Wisconsin and is the first step towards picking players to play for Team Wisconsin in the Minnesota CCM National Invitational Tournament April 26-28 in Plymouth, Minn.
Last year the Raider baseball team advanced further into the postseason than any other school in the Big Rivers Conference, reaching the WIAA sectional semifinals while posting a record of 16-9 overall. With six starters back, including five All-BRC players, expectations are high for the 2013 Raider squad. Hudson enters the season ranked No. 16 in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll. Weather permitting, they will open the season Thursday, April 11, at home against East Ridge. The Raiders have already had three games postponed due to the weather.
Student-athletes on Hudson's spring athletic teams are facing their first big challenge of the season in the form of the lingering cold, snowy winter. With snow blanketing the school district fields, athletes have been forced inside for practice, utilizing every available space at the high school, middle school and elementary school to prepare for the season. "It's been challenging finding the space needed for 500 to 600 athletes," athletic director Stephanie DeVos said.
Rachel Anderson and Erin Wetzstein swept the top two spots in the 3200 meter run and Taylor Steffen took first in the shot put to lead the Raider girls' track and field team to a third place finish at the 12-team University of Minnesota High School Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the U of M Fieldhouse in Minneapolis. Prior Lake took home the team title with a total of 96.5 points and Stillwater was second with 59.5 while Hudson placed third with 46.
Hudson's boys' track and field team continued its dominance of the indoor season by taking first place at the 16-team University of Minnesota High School Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the U of M Fieldhouse in Minneapolis last Saturday, March 30. The Raiders, the only Wisconsin team in the field, scored points in eight different events on their way to winning their third straight meet with a team total of 40.
The Raider girls' track and field team continued its hot start to the season by topping a field of 14 teams last Saturday to win the Large School Division at the Northern Badger Indoor Track and Field Classic at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. Hudson posted a team total of 81 points while River Falls was second with 60.5.
Ryan Schramm and Alex Beyer finished first and second in the 400 meter dash, John Uchytil set a new Raider sophomore record in the pole vault, and Bryan Caffin threw a personal best to win the shot put at the Northern Badger Indoor Track and Field Classic at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie last Saturday. Hudson finished in a tie with River Falls for first place in the 14-team Large School Division with 90 points.
Most graduating seniors have an entire summer off between high school and college. Morgan Taylor had 11 days. Taylor completed her graduation requirements at Hudson High School this past Jan. 11. On Jan. 22, she moved into her dorm room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received her class schedule, and began spring practice with the Badger women's soccer team. Taylor never stepped on the field as a member of the Raider soccer team. Instead, she honed her skills across the border with the St. Croix Soccer Academy and Minnesota Thunder Academy club teams.
After being part of the most successful football season in team history last fall, Raider seniors Alex Burgess, Bryan Caffin and Dan Kelly will take the field one final time together for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Charity All-Star Game July 20 in Oshkosh. All three were selected to play for the North Large School team against the South at 5 p.m. at Titan Stadium on the campus of UW-Oshkosh. The game is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and players are asked to raise money for the cause.
The Raider track and field teams didn't let the lingering winter weather prevent them from getting off to a hot start last week. Both the boys and girls team took first place at the 17-team Blue Devil Invitational inside Johnson Fieldhouse on the campus of UW-Stout Friday. The Raider boys posted four first place finishes on their way to a team score of 106.5 while Hudson's girls had three individual champions to claim first with a score of 103.