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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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.
Hudson junior Alex Herink has been honored as one of the top players in the Big Rivers Conference for the third straight year, earning a spot on the 2012-13 All-BRC First Team for the second straight season, while teammate Stef Smith received All-BRC honorable mention to the team, released by the conference coaches last week.
Hudson senior co-captains Kindra Witthus and Sarah Krier have both earned honorable mention to the 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Basketball Team. It's the fourth straight season Witthus has garnered All-BRC honorable mention accolades while Krier was honored for the first time. Witthus led the Raiders in scoring with an average of 9.4 points per game this season.
Hudson dominated the 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference wrestling teams, released last week, with 11 Raiders honored including five on the All-BRC first team. Seniors Austin Koski, Dima Hawksford and Derek Schindler, junior Eliot Motu, and freshman Sawyer Massie earned spots on the first team while senior Nick Nelson and junior Mathias Tobin were named to the second team.
Hudson's girls' basketball team scored a season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough to erase a 46-18 halftime deficit and the Raiders fell to Superior, 80-69, in a WIAA regional semifinal Friday, March 1, in Superior. The Raiders trailed 67-34 with one quarter remaining before outscoring Superior, 35-15, in the final frame but came up 11 points short of the Spartans. Seniors Sarah Krier and Kindra Witthus led the Raiders with 17 points each in the season-ending loss. See the March 7 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for the complete story.
On the very first day of practice back in November, first-year Raider boys' hockey coach Brooks Lockwood laid out his goals for the program. "We want to be one of the top two teams in our section every year, and one of the top teams in the conference every year," he said then. So far, so good. The 2012-13 Raiders won their first outright Big Rivers Conference championship since 2003, and made it all the way to the sectional final game before losing in overtime to Superior last Friday, 2-1.
Three Raider girls' hockey players have been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference teams as voted on by the conference coaches. Junior forward Sydney Squires was named to the All-BRC First Team and junior forward Sara Iacobello was named to the Second Team while senior forward Bailey Knight received Honorable Mention. Squires was honored by the conference coaches for the third straight season. She earned Honorable Mention honors as both a freshman and sophomore.