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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Hudson girls' tennis coach Dave Dahl said it may be the start of the fall high school sports season, but his team had to play through some pretty intense summer heat at the Eau Claire North Invitational last Saturday. In the end, the Raiders beat the heat and all three of their opponents on their way to taking first place at the inaugural event of the season. Hudson defeated Eau Claire Regis, 5-2 and Merrill, 4-3, before dispatching of host Eau Claire North, 6-1, in the championship match. "When it came to the championship match against North, I thought we dealt with the heat much better th
When your ace pitcher breaks open a blister in the second inning and your team hits into three double plays, the odds are stacked against a baseball team winning a playoff game. That's what happened to the Hudson River Rats in the semifinal round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association state playoffs last Saturday in Osceola. The Rats scored just one run on five hits in a 7-1 loss to the Onalaska Athletics.
Ask Hudson Crusaders' head coach Ted Urschel if he's more proud of winning games, or developing hockey players, and he doesn't mince words. "We don't really play to win championships," he said. "We play to move guys on. So far we've had about eight or ten guys a year move on." The Crusaders, entering their fourth season as a USA Hockey sanctioned Tier III Junior A team in Hudson, hosted about 60 players at a tryout camp last weekend. From that number, Urschel said the team will invite 25 back for the beginning of training camp Aug 26.
The Hudson River Rats drew the No. 2 seed in their bracket and will open the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs Saturday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. in Osceola against the third-seeded Onalaska Athletics. The winner will advance to face either top-seeded Chippewa Falls or No. 4 seed Ashland Sunday at 3 p.m. in Osceola for a berth in the WBA State Finals Aug. 20-22 in Tomahawk. Last year the Rats reached the WBA finals before losing, 7-6, to Prescott in the quarterfinal round. Hudson finished the 2010 St.
The Hudson River Rats may have come up short in their bid for a St. Croix Valley Baseball League championships Saturday in River Falls, but they're still in the running for a state title. The Rats had their six game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 loss to the Fighting Fish in Saturday's game to determine the SCVBL North Division and overall champ. But they'll find out Wednesday (August 4) where they will open the first round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Playoffs Aug.
The late, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden inspired a lot of people in his life. Count Hudson athletic director Stephanie DeVos as one of them. Thirty years ago, as a member of the Drake University basketball team, DeVos met Wooden on a road trip to California, an experience that she said had a major impact on her life.
Over 70 hockey players from all over the country ranging in age from 16 to 20 hit the ice at the Hudson Civic Center over the weekend to battle for a roster spot with the expansion Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League. The Bruins are a Junior A Tier II team based out of Austin, Minn., and owned by Hudson businessman Craig Patrick. The team will open its inaugural season in the NAHL this September. The NAHL will consist of 26 teams scattered from Illinois to Alaska this season.
Hudson's American Legion baseball team posted a walk-off win over River Falls in its regular season finale last Tuesday before finishing third out of four teams at the Wisconsin American Legion AAA Regional Tournament in Superior. Hudson finished the season by winning six of its last nine games to end the year with a record of 11-15-1. Last Tuesday the locals loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 6-6 before Ben Christensen drilled a pitch over the River Falls' centerfielder's head to give Hudson a 7-6 win.
Three weeks ago the Hudson River Rats were one game over .500 and mired in the middle of the pack in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. Since then the Rats have won five straight, and can win the SCVBL North Division and overall championships by winning their final two games of the regular season Friday night, July 30 at New Richmond and Saturday afternoon, July 31 in River Falls. The River Rats defeated New Richmond 17-2 last Wednesday and topped Menomonie, 8-3 Saturday, and Bay City, 10-4 Sunday.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team hit the road for a three-day trip to Madison over the weekend and returned home with three victories and just one loss. Hudson opened the road trip with a 14-5 win over coach Dan Pavlue's alma mater Waunakee Friday before splitting a doubleheader Saturday against Baraboo -- winning the first game 8-3 and losing the second 6-5.