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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A pair of Raiders swept the top spots at the Hudson Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday, Sept. 21, leading their teams to respective second place finishes, before turning in strong showings at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday. Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race and Matt Rudquist was the boys' champ at the Raiders' home invite last Tuesday.
The Raiders turned in plenty of big plays when they had the ball on offense Friday night against Rice Lake.
The Raider boys' soccer team split its last two Big Rivers Conference games, blanking Menomonie 2-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 21 before losing to River Falls, 3-1, this past Monday, Sept. 27. The Raiders, now 3-5-1 in BRC play, 3-8-1 overall, will host Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. before hosting a pair of games Saturday, Oct. 2. They will take on Sparta at 10 a.m. and Tartan, Minn., at 2 p.m. at the middle school field. Last Tuesday at Menomonie, the Raiders got second half goals from French exchange student Hugo Sibot-Pinote and captain J.C.
The Raider girls' tennis team won all three doubles titles and had nine players earn all-conference honors while taking second place at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Tournament Saturday, Sept. 25 in Eau Claire. The No. 1 doubles team of Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen, the No. 2 team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder, and the No. 3 team of Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg all went undefeated to win conference titles and earn All-BRC first team honors. Morgan Van Allen, at No. 2 singles, and Chel sea Buechler, at No.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team started a busy week with a nonconference dual win over Simley (Minn.) last Tuesday, Sept. 21 and ended it with a sixth place finish at the 10-team Husky Invitational Saturday, Sept. 25 in Eau Claire. In between, they dropped a Big Rivers Conference dual meet Thursday at home to River Falls. The Raiders will travel to Rice Lake for a BRC dual Thursday, Sept. 30, before returning to St. Paul for the Simley Invitational Saturday, Oct.
Hudson's Cassie Wurm finished three strokes behind medalist Julia Callaghan of Eau Claire Memorial in the Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament at Mill Run on Sept. 25, but her second place finish was enough to put her atop the individual point standings for the season and earn her the BRC Player of the Year honor. Callaghan fired a 76 Monday to lead the Old Abes to the tournament's team title while Wurm carded 79 to lock up the Player of the Year. The Old Abes' victory gives them a share of the conference championship with regular season champ River Falls.
Last March I was driving back from the high school sectional wrestling tournament in Merrill when I decided to stop at Duke's Lanes in Abbotsford for one of their famous hot beef sandwiches. After ordering my food and drink, the bartender asked me where I was from and I said River Falls. "Oh, then you must know Don Page," she said. "I certainly do," I replied. That wasn't the first time I was on a road trip somewhere in Wisconsin and a person asked me if I knew Page.
When George Field was chancellor at UW-River Falls from 1968-85, he said the university didn't need a public relations department or advertising agency to promote the school. "We had Don Page," Field said. Page died last Tuesday, Sept. 14, after a long bout with cancer. He was 83. His son, River Falls dentist David Page, said he can't go anywhere in the state of Wisconsin without someone asking him if he is Don Page's son.
Raider junior Cassie Wurm tied for medalist honors at the Raider girls' golf team's final Big Rivers Conference regular season meet of the season Monday in River Falls. Last week Wurm tied for medalist honors at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, two days after she tied for third on the Raiders' home course at the Hudson Golf Course. Hudson finished fourth at their home meet last Tuesday and finished fifth Thursday at Rice Lake. Monday at River Falls they placed fourth. Next up for Hudson is the BRC Tournament Thursday, Sept.
The Raider volleyball team made short work of River Falls in its' only match last week, serving at a 94 percent clip on its way to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Wildcats. Hudson's strong serving forced River Falls into a high number of reception errors. When the Wildcats did play the ball, the Raider passing and hitting was on the mark. "This was a nice match for our team," head coach Dennis Saathoff said.