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 boys' tennis team has a new head coach this season, but he's a very familiar face. Longtime Raider girls' coach Dave Dahl takes over the reins of the boys program from Jon Hilding this year. But after serving as a boys' assistant coach for 15 years alongside Hilding, Dahl expects the transition to be a smooth one. "Jon had a very successful 17-year run," Dahl said. "I was Jon's assistant for 15 years, so it's going to feel a bit strange this spring without him.
It's déjà vu all over again for Hudson's Ryan Dau. Dau, a junior at Hudson High School, led Team Wisconsin Minor to its second straight Central District Championship last month and a return trip to the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament this week in Woodbridge, Ill. Dau is one of just three players on the Team Wisconsin U16 squad who are making their second straight trip to nationals.
Matt Rudquist set a new meet record in the 3200 meter run and the Raider boys posted four first place finishes to win the team title at the 18-team Blue Devil High School Track and Field Open last Tuesday at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse. In the girls' competition, the Raiders' 4 x 400 meter relay team took first as Hudson placed fourth in the 17-team field. This week the Raiders split their squads Tuesday for the Tartan Indoor Invitational at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center and the Prescott Outdoor Invite.
The Raider baseball team only had two hits Saturday (April 3) in its season opener against Mahtomedi (Minn.), but Hudson's batters put enough balls into play to post an 11-5 victory at windy Grandview Park. Hudson scored eight unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.
Former Hudson Raider hockey standout Andy Bohmbach is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that will play in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four April 8-10 at Ford Field in Detroit. Bohmbach, a 6-foot, 2-inch senior forward, had two assists in the Badgers' 5-3 victory over St. Cloud State Saturday in the West Regional final at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Raider baseball team, under head coach Ryan Huppert, will open the 2010 season with a pair of home games, this Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. against Mahtomedi, Minn., and Tuesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. against New Richmond. The Raiders are coming off a 2009 season in which they finished with a record of 21-8, including a regional championship.
The Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams both turned in impressive performances at the All-American Invitational Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Hudson's boys finished second in the 18-team field consisting of some of the top teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin while the Raider girls finished seventh.
Despite fielding shorthanded squads due to spring break last week, the Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams both turned in impressive performances at the first major indoor meet of the season Saturday at the Northern Badger Classic in Menomonie. Hudson's boys finished fourth in the 13-team large school division while the Raider girls placed sixth out of 14 teams. Boys' coach Tom Klatt and girls' coach Jamie Holum said they're both looking forward to having their full teams back this week.
Raider senior Jordan Vitek has been named to the 2009-10 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys' Basketball team. Vitek, a 6-foot guard, was named to the five player second team. He finished fourth in the conference and led the Raiders in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game this season. He scored a career-high 42 points Jan. 8 in a 72-65 Raider victory over Rice Lake. Spencer Tollefson of Eau Claire Memorial was named the BRC Player of the Year and headlines the five player first team.
Senior Michael Bennett and Chas Larson have accepted invitations to play for the North Division 1-3 Large School team at the 2010 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game Saturday, July 17, in Oshkosh. Raider head coach Adam Kowles will also join the team as an assistant coach.