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 Raiders volleyball team picked up a pair of nonconference wins against Durand and New Richmond last Tuesday before dropping their Big Rivers Conference opener in straight sets Thursday night to Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson defeated Durand 25-23, 20-25, 15-8 and New Richmond 25-9, 25-15 in a multi-team match Tuesday but was swept by Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, 18-25, 18-25, 12-25. The Raiders will host the Hudson Invitational Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. and resume BRC play Tuesday, Sept. 14, at home at 7:15 p.m.
The Raider girls' cross country team finished fourth and the boys placed fifth against some formidable competition at the Marshfield Columbus Invitational Saturday in Marshfield. Hudson's girls took fourth out of 22 teams with 85 points while the boys were fifth out of 23 squads with 113. "The girls' team ran a great race, they showed poise, character and patience as they competed in their second race of the season," Raider coach Don Krupa said.
After losing the first game of the season at Wisconsin Rapids a week earlier, Raider football coach Adam Kowles wanted to see improvement from his team in week two at Farmington, Minn. And he saw plenty. The Raider defense held Farmington to minus-25 yards rushing and six total first downs while the offense scored twice through the air, twice on the ground and once on special teams in a 30-13 victory. "We definitely took some positive steps in week two," Kowles said. "I thought the defense did a great job stopping the run, which is the name of the game.
In its first dual meet of the season last Tuesday, the Hudson girls' swimming and diving team came out on the short end of a 99-79 score on the road at Cretin Derham Hall. The Raiders had a strong showing in diving, where Amanda Baker, Kendall Tierney and Kiah Tulibaski took the top three spots. Baker won with a score of 197.05 while Tierney was second with 141.5 and Tulibaski third with 126.0. The only other first place finishes for the Raiders came in the final two events of the night, where they swept the top two spots.
Two nights after playing well in a 2-0 loss to defending conference and sectional champion Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday, the Raider boys' soccer team blanked Menomonie, 4-0, to even its Big Rivers Conference mark at 1-1 on the season. Sophomore Max McKenzie and freshman Mitch Rosiejka combined to keep the Indians off the scoreboard Thursday night while Hudson got two goals from senior Zach Schendel and one each from seniors Chris Berglund and Alex Girard. "It was nice to get our first win of the season," Raider coach Chuck Bublitz said.
Hudson head football coach Adam Kowles saw plenty of things to work on this week in practice at the team's season opener Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. The Red Raiders used three touchdown runs of 40-plus yards in the first half to build a 21-6 halftime lead on their way to defeating the Raiders, 35-6. The victory for Wisconsin Rapids avenges a pair of losses to Hudson last year -- a 21-13 Raider victory in the season opener and a 21-6 Hudson win in the first round of the playoffs. Rapids returns many of its starters from a year ago while Hudson has just four starters back. "That's a go
The Raider cross country teams opened the 2010 season on a high note with junior Katie Wetzstein winning the girls' race and the Raider boys finishing second in the team standings at the 12-team Eau Claire North Invitational Saturday, Aug. 28 in Eau Claire. Wetzstein, who finished second at the ECN Invite as a sophomore last year, posted a time of 14 minutes, 49 seconds on the 4,000 meter course to take home the girls' individual title.
The Raider volleyball team recovered from a rough first set to win the next three and post a 3-1 victory over Ellsworth in the 2010 season opener last Thursday, Aug. 26 at the high school gym. The Raiders dropped the first set, 9-25, before coming back to win the next three, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-7. Hudson coach Dennis Saathoff said describing the first set as "pretty rough" is an understatement. "We let two of their servers go on runs of eight and seven points and never scored more than one point in our own service turns," he noted.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team opened the season with a pair of relay meets, finishing second out of seven teams at the Menomonie Relays Aug. 21 and 10th out of 14 teams at Saturday's Eau Claire Memorial Invite. The Raiders will kick off Big Rivers Conference dual competition Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at home against Eau Claire Memorial. Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said the team displayed plenty of potential at the season-opening Menomonie Relay. Hudson finished second with 506 points, behind River Falls' 592.
The Raider girls' tennis team faced some pretty stiff competition last week, but head coach Dave Dahl said he thinks the team will be better because of it. Hudson went 1-3 at the two-day Green Bay Southwest Tournament last Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 23 and 24, with two of their losses coming against teams Dahl believes will be in the state tournament at the end of the year.