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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The Raider girls' hockey team ran into a buzz saw last Thursday, Jan. 3 in Baldwin, falling to the seventh-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion (River Falls/ Baldwin-Woodville/ St. Croix Central/ Glenwood City/ Boyceville), 7-0, in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams. Seven different Fusion players scored goals as the Raiders were outshot, 34-19. Raider goalie Nali Mullan finished with 27 saves. The Fusion jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead before Hudson kept them off the scoreboard in the second. St.
The Raider boys' hockey team picked up a pair of big wins over local rivals last week, defeating River Falls, 5-1, Thursday, Jan. 3 in River Falls before blanking New Richmond, 3-0, Saturday, Jan. 5 at home. Thursday, Hudson broke open a scoreless game with three goals in the second period in head coach Brooks Lockwood and assistants Ben Bosworth and Pat Gunderson's return to River Falls, where the trio spent the previous two seasons coaching the Wildcats. "It was an emotional game for our coaching staff to go back to where we coached last season," Lockwood said.
The Raider wrestling team posted a dominating 74-3 Big Rivers Conference victory at Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Jan. 3 before going 4-0 to capture first place at the six-team Hudson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5. Saturday's victories came by scores of 49-18 over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (Minn.), 78-6 over St. Paul Harding, 58-6 over Stillwater and 42-30 over Hutchinson, Minn. "The Hutchinson dual was a big win for us," Raider coach Chris Hansen said. "They are ranked sixth in Minnesota and we are ranked sixth in Wisconsin.
After getting nipped by Minneapolis, 3-2, on a late goal in the tournament opener, the Raider boys' hockey team posted back-to-back 4-1 victories over Luverne and Marshall to win the consolation championship of the Open Division at the 2012 Schwan Cup last week in Blaine, Minn. The Raiders' 2-1 tournament record put them in a tie with Somerset and Bloomington Kennedy in the final standings.
Raider boys' basketball coach Jason Swavely has described his team's development at the start of the season as "a process." Last week that process moved a step forward, despite dropping a pair of games to Big Rivers Conference leader Rice Lake and Edina, Minn. "I feel like we're starting to settle into some roles,: Swavely said.
Two games, two very different results for the Raider boys' hockey team. After blowing out Menomonie, 8-1, at the Dunn County Arena last Tuesday night, the Raiders allowed three early goals and couldn't recover in a 5-2 loss Saturday afternoon in Somerset. Hudson, now 2-2 overall, 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, hosted Rice Lake (3-2, 2-0) this past Tuesday and will visit Eau Claire Memorial (1-2-1, 1-1-0), Thursday, Dec. 13 before returning home to host Chippewa Falls (2-1, 1-0) Tuesday, Dec.
The Raider boys' hockey team faced a pair of stiff challenges in its first two games of the season last week, and first-year coach Brooks Lockwood said they passed the test. The Raiders knocked off Red Wing 5-3 in their season opener last Thursday at Gornick Arena before playing Superior tough on the road in a 5-4 loss to the second-ranked Spartans on Saturday. "We learned a lot about our team," Lockwood said. "I wanted to see how we dealt with adversity and I thought in both games we dealt with that well.
The Hudson varsity wrestling team opened its season in a big way last Saturday by placing first at the 14-team Lakeville North (Minn.) Invitational. The Raiders knocked off No. 4-ranked ranked Scott West (Minn.) and No. 13 Lakeville North en route to the title. "We have always had a dual before this event and that did not occur this year," Raider coach Chris Hansen said. "Even though we won, I really saw a lot of things we need to correct if we expect to beat Menomonie on the 13th. For everything I saw that I am pleased with, I found another thing that needs to be corrected.
Kindra Witthus has started every game at catcher for the Raider softball team since her freshman year. She'll continue in that role when her senior season begins this spring. As of last Tuesday, she won't have to think about where she'll play in college. That's when Witthus signed a national letter of intent to attend school and play softball at NCAA Division I St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn., beginning in the fall of 2013.
While the Raider football team recently wrapped up its best season in school history, a group behind the scenes has been honored by the state for its contributions to the team's success. The Hudson Benchwarmers received the Wisconsin Athletic Service Award from the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA) and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA) for its accomplishments and contributions to the Raider football program. Hudson athletic director Stephanie DeVos nominated the group for the award and WADA selected the Benchwarmers as the recipients.