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 volleyball team will look to get healthy and back on the winning track at the Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 17 in River Falls. The Raiders were swept by Chippewa Falls in their final conference dual match of the season last Tuesday before taking sixth at the 12-team Mora, Minn. Invitational Saturday with a depleted roster due to illness. Last Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals leaves the Raiders with a BRC mark of 3-3 heading into Saturday's tournament.
Hudson senior defensive lineman Chas Larson had a simple answer for how his team held the Big Rivers Conference's highest scoring team -- Menomonie - to just six points Thursday night. "They hadn't played the best defense in the conference yet," he stated. Menomonie entered the game averaging 31 points in its previous three outings, but the Raiders held the Indians to 85 rushing yards and nine first downs while dominating the line of scrimmage on their way to a 20-6 victory.
Hudson's boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a dominant 5-1 win over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday to finish with a record of 12-3-3 overall, 9-1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, and secure the No. 2 seed in the 16-team WIAA sectional playoffs which began this week. The Raiders hosted No. 15 Menomonie Tuesday. The Raiders defeated Menomonie in that contest by a score of 12-0. The win Tuesday will pit Hudson against No. 7 Wausau West at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at home. The sectional semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, Oct.
Hudson sophomore Cassie Wurm carded an 87 on the first day of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championships Monday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison and entered Tuesday's round tied for 30th place. Frigid temperatures both days pushed the start time back three hours with a shotgun start. It was the first shotgun start in the 37-year history of the girls' state golf tournament. Wurm earned her second straight trip to state by shooting 81 at Thursday's sectional tournament at Mill Run Golf Course in Eau Claire.
The Raider girls' tennis team had a strong showing at Thursday's WIAA Division 1 sectional in Marshfield but came up just short in its bid to qualify for the state team tournament. Senior Julia Johnson did, however, earn a return trip to this week's state individual tournament at the No. 1 singles position. Johnson, 23-2 this season, will face three-time state qualifier Lauren Piotrowski (14-5) of Greendale in the first round Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Morgan Van Allen won the sectional title at No.
The Hudson boys' cross country team continued to shine last week by claiming first place in the 11-team Chippewa Falls Invitational at Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls. The Raider boys, paced by Jacob Ball's winning time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, took first with a team score of 38 points while the Hudson girls finished fifth with 118.
Hudson's girls' swimming and diving team mixed up its lineup Thursday night, and the result was a resounding 124-46 Big Rivers Conference victory over Rice Lake at the middle school pool. "Although the girls swam various events they are not used to swimming, they did a fantastic job racing to finish with a win," Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said. The Raiders swept the top three spots in three different events.
All four Raider singles players advanced to sectionals by winning their matches at the WIAA Division 1 girls' tennis subsectional Monday in Menomonie. Sectionals will be held today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) in Marshfield. Julia Johnson, Nicole Buechler, Morgan Karras and Morgan Van Allen all went undefeated Monday to advance. In doubles play, Hanna Naegeli and Whitney Thiesen at No. 2, and Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg at No. 3, won their opening matches but lost their second to fall short.
Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Cassie Wurm fired an 88, and four of the Raiders' five players broke 100 as the Hudson girls golf team ran away with the WIAA Division 1 New Richmond Regional championship last Wednesday in New Richmond. Hudson's team score of 371 was 17 strokes lower than second-place New Richmond. River Falls placed third with 389 while Eau Claire Memorial took fourth with 392.
There's never a lack of drama when Hudson and River Falls meet on the football field in the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug. Friday night's game in River Falls was no exception, as the Raiders came back from a 6-0 halftime deficit to win on a 9-yard touchdown run by Beau Hommes on the first possession of overtime. Defensive back Mike Bennett broke up a Wildcat pass on fourth down on the ensuing possession, and the celebration was on as the Raiders reclaimed possession of the Little Brown Jug for the first time in three years. "It was definitely an exciting game," Raider head coach Ad