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 baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over South St. Paul Monday, May 24 at Grandview Park. Last week Hudson dropped a 16-2 decision to second-ranked and Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire North, before losing both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Onalaska, 12-9 and 3-2. The Raiders, now 4-5 in the BRC, 8-12 overall, traveled to Eau Claire Memorial (7-3, 17-3) Tuesday, May 25 and will host Chippewa Falls (6-4, 14-5) Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season Friday, May 28 at home at 4:30 p.m.
The Raider tennis team will send three individuals and one doubles team to today's (May 26) sectional in Wausau following the WIAA Division 1 subsectional Monday in Eau Claire. Max Hawksford, at No. 1 singles, Jimmy Setzer and No. 2, Jeff Dahl at No. 3, and the No. 3 doubles team of Seth Blum and Tanner Owens will all compete Wednesday for a chance to go to state. Hudson finished second at the subsectional with 18 points, behind Eau Claire Memorial's 24. "With the intense heat today, the conditions were brutal," Raider head coach Dave Dahl said about Monday's subsectional.
Less than a week after sweeping the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships in Chippewa Falls, the Raiders boys' and girls' teams claimed both regional titles at the WIAA Division 1 meet Monday, May 24, in River Falls. Hudson's boys won with a team total of 193 points, far ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial's 98. The Raider girls totaled 153.5 to take first, easily distancing themselves from runner-up Menomonie's 107. Last Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, the Raider boys ran away with the BRC title with 207 points.
The Raiders girls' soccer team followed up a 4-3 victory at Rice Lake last Tuesday by blanking Eau Claire North, 5-0, Thursday at the middle school field. The Raiders, now 7-3-1 in the BRC, 8-4-1 overall, wrapped up the regular season Tuesday at Chippewa Falls (5-5-0, 9-5-0).
Hudson had four players shoot in the 70s on its way to winning the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Wednesday, May 19, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. The tournament win also gave Hudson the overall league title, four points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial. Jordan Vitek earned tournament medalist honors with a score of 75 to lead the Raiders while Jack Holland carded 77 and Luke Burbach and Sam Stephens each finished with 79. Ben Lewis came in with 84. Hudson finished with a team total of 311, eight strokes ahead of Eau Claire Memorial's 319.
Hudson's boys and girls track team both won championships at the Big Rivers Conference track and field meet Tuesday, May 18, in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders boys won 10 of 18 events, including all four relays, and finished with 207 points to run away with the title while the girls won five events and finished with 145 points, ten points ahead of second place Menomonie. River Falls finished fourth on both the boys and girls sides. Tyler Smith won individual titles in both the 100 and 200 meter dash races with times of 11.26 and 22.76 seconds, respectively, while Nicholas Schumacher won the 80
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.