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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Despite a pair of Big Rivers Conference losses last week, the Raider girls' soccer team remains in striking distance of first place, tied with Eau Claire Memorial for second place with 11 points each. The Raiders dropped a 1-0 decision at Menomonie last Tuesday and came out on the short end of a 2-0 score to the first-place Wildcats Thursday. The Raiders, now 5-3-1 in the BRC, 7-4-1 overall, traveled to Rice Lake (1-6-1, 6-8-1) Tuesday, May 18, and will host Eau Claire North (3-5-0, 9-7-1) Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m.
Weather played havoc with the Raider baseball team's schedule last week, forcing the postponement of Big Rivers Conference games against Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday and River Falls Thursday. Hudson finally hit the field Saturday in Woodbury at the Eastview Tournament where they finished 1-1 to capture third place. The Raiders dropped their first game, 6-5 in eight innings to Fridley before defeating St.
It's tough enough to play three games in one day. It's even tougher when you've just played a doubleheader less than 24 hours earlier. That's the situation the Raider softball team found itself in last week. After Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader at Chippewa Falls was rained out, the Raiders and Cardinals made up the twin bill on Friday. Saturday Hudson hit the road again to play three more games at the Robbinsdale Copper (Minn.) Tournament. The results didn't go the Raiders' way.
Considering the way Eau Claire Memorial has dominated Big Rivers Conference boys' tennis, much of the competition has centered around who will finish in second place. Eau Claire Memorial put itself in a position to win its 14th straight conference title by winning Saturday's BRC tournament in Eau Claire. The Raiders can lock up second place by beating Chippewa Falls in their final dual Tuesday in Hudson.
Hudson's track and field teams went up against some of the top teams in Minnesota at the Rochester True Team Invitational Saturday, May 8 and came away with some impressive performances, including a first-place team finish by the Raider boys. Hudson's girls finished fourth at the seven-team event while junior Jamie Lindstrom was named the girls' Field Athlete of the Meet.
The Raider baseball team dropped its last two Big Rivers Conference games, 9-5 at fourth-ranked Eau Claire North Thursday and 4-1 Monday at Chippewa Falls. Last Friday's scheduled home game against South St. Paul was rained out and will be made up on Monday, May 24. Tuesday's game scheduled at Eau Claire Memorial was also postponed due to weather and will be played on Tuesday, May 25 in Eau Claire. Last Thursday at Eau Claire North (7-0 BRC, 11-0 overall), Hudson took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, aided by two walks and three hit batters.
The Raider softball team continued its assault on opponents' pitching last week, hitting four home runs while going 6-1 overall, including capturing the championship at the Princeton, Minn., Tournament Saturday, May 8. In nine games between April 29 and Saturday's tournament opener at Princeton, five different Raiders combined for seven home runs.
The Raider boys tennis team found out last Thursday why Eau Claire Memorial is the third-ranked team in the state. Hudson pushed the Old Abes to three sets in two matches, but the Raiders couldn't win more than two games in any other match as Memorial handed Hudson its first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season by a score of 7-0. Saturday, the Raiders went 2-1 at the Woodbury Invitational, defeating Duluth Marshall 4-3 and River Falls 5-2 and losing to Woodbury 5-2. Head coach Dave Dahl said the Raiders had some small victories in their loss to Eau Claire Memorial, despite the lopsided
One thing you can count on when Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial square off in Big Rivers Conference girls' soccer is that the game will be close. Hudson won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 2-1, back on April 13 on the Raiders' home turf. In the latest matchup Thursday in Eau Claire, the Old Abes came from behind twice to tie the score before settling for a 2-2 double-overtime tie that kept Hudson within striking distance of first place River Falls in the BRC. The Wildcats and Raiders will meet Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Hudson's Middle School field.
The Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships are less than two weeks away. And judging by the performances of the Raiders boys' and girls' teams so far this season, Hudson has got to be looked at as the team to beat May 18 in Chippewa Falls. Both Raider teams continued their dominance last week by taking first at both the Old Abe Relays Tuesday in Eau Claire and the Rice Lake Invitational Friday.