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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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.
The Hudson boys' hockey team scored three third period goals to shake a pesky Menomonie team and complete a season sweep of the Mustangs with a 6-2 victory Thursday night, Jan.
After cruising to a 62-6 Big Rivers Conference victory over River Falls last Thursday, the Raider wrestling team faced three of the top teams in the area Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ellsworth Quad. The Raiders defeated Wisconsin's fifth-ranked Division 2 team Ellsworth, 46-21, lost a hard-fought 34-30 decision to the state's No.
Things didn't look good for the Raider boys' basketball team in the first quarter of its game at Eau Claire Memorial last Friday night, Jan. 4. The Raiders turned the ball over nine times in the first eight minutes while falling behind 10-2 to the Old Abes.
The Raider girls' basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start and dropped a 59-48 Big Rivers Conference decision to Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday night in Hudson. Playing their first game in 13 days, the Raiders managed just six points in the first eight minutes while falling behind 16-6.
The Raider boys' swim and dive team dropped its Big Rivers Conference opener to the Eau Claire Memorial/North co-op team, 128-57, last Thursday, Jan. 3 in Eau Claire. Two days later the Raiders finished fifth at the Simley Invitational. Last Thursday in Eau Claire, Willie Skinner and Sawyer Arndt provided the only Raider first place finishes in back-to-back races. Skinner won the 100 yard freestyle in 51.53 seconds while Arndt took first in the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes, 27.87 seconds.
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.