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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Hudson senior Jay Skinner set a new River Falls High School pool record in the 500 freestyle and the Raiders took first in nine of the meet's 12 events on their way to a 110-75 victory over the Wildcats in a Big Rivers Conference dual Thursday night, Jan. 7 in River Falls. Skinner pulled away from River Falls' Roland Pomfret to win the 500 free with a new pool record time of 5 minutes, 5.35 seconds. Pomfret was second with a time of 5:09.53. Earlier in the meet, Skinner edged Pomfret by 1.8 seconds to take first in the 200 freestyle.
The Raider girls' basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start at Rice Lake last Tuesday, Jan. 5 and dropped a 53-40 decision before falling to Eau Claire North, 47-30, at home on Thursday. Hudson, now 1-4 in Big Rivers Conference play, 1-9 overall, will visit Chippewa Falls (1-3, 6-4) Friday, January 15, before returning home for a nonconference game Tuesday, Jan.
The Raider boys' hockey team scored the final three goals to erase a 2-1 third period deficit and post a 4-2 Big Rivers Conference victory over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Jan. 7 at Gornick Arena. The Raiders also found themselves trailing 2-1 late in the second period Saturday against fifth-ranked Superior, but this time the Spartans did all the scoring in the third period on their way to an 8-1 victory. Hudson, now 3-9-0 overall, 1-5-0 in the BRC, will visit fourth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial (9-2-1, 5-0-0) Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.
The Raider boys' hockey team got a huge monkey off its back last week by winning two of three games on its way to a third place finish in the Bronze Division of the Schwan Cup Holiday Tournament in Champlin, Minn. The Raiders entered the tournament with a record of 0-7 but quickly dispatched the Holy Family Catholic of Victoria, Minn., 2-1 in the quarterfinals for their first win of the season. They lost a tough, 2-1 decision to Rogers, Minn.
The Raider wrestling team continued to dominate its opponents last week, picking up three more convincing victories at the Somerset Quad last Tuesday. The Raiders defeated Glenwood City, 49-18, Baldwin-Woodville, 74-3, and Somerset, 60-15, to improve to 6-0 on the season. This week Hudson is participating in the 56-team Bi-State Classic Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 29-30) in La Crosse. They resume Big Rivers Conference dual action Thursday, Jan. 7, at Rice Lake.
Former Hudson High School and University of Wisconsin standout Davis Drewiske will be close to home when his Los Angeles Kings visit St. Paul to take on the Minnesota Wild on New Year's Eve at Xcel Energy Center. Drewiske signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 1, 2008, and played in 17 games for the team last season before making the opening day roster this year.
After a cold-shooting first quarter, the Stillwater Ponies heated up from the outside and went on to hand the Hudson boys' basketball team a 79-53 setback last Tuesday in Hudson. The Raiders, now 1-4 overall, are playing in the Chippewa Falls Invitational Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 29 and 30). They return home to host Red Wing, Minn., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Hudson, 1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, resumes BRC action Friday, Jan.
The Raider boys' hockey team continued to struggle on offense last week as it searches for its first win of the season. The Raiders dropped a 3-0 decision at River Falls last Tuesday and lost 4-1 at home Thursday to Rice Lake before losing Saturday night at Eau Claire North, 2-0. Hudson, now 0-5 in the Big Rivers Conference, 0-7 overall, will compete in the Schwan Holiday Cup in Blaine, Minn., Dec. 28-30 before resuming BRC competition Thursday, Jan. 7, at home against Chippewa Falls. THeir first game in the tournament is slated for 12:30 p.m.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team won its Big Rivers Conference opener against Menomonie Thursday before ranking fourth at the 10-team Santa Claus Invitational Saturday in Eau Claire. Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a nonconference dual to Simley. Thursday against Menomonie, the Raiders took first in every event on their way to a 135-44 victory. Jay Skinner, Charlie Skinner and Winter Jorgenson each won two events and all three played roles in the Raiders relay victories. Jay Skinner took first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 57.87 seconds and won the di
The Raider boys' basketball team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games on back-to-back nights last week, falling to River Falls, 40-35, on the road Friday before losing to Eau Claire Memorial, 61-43, at home Saturday night. The Raiders, now 1-2 in BRC play, 1-3 overall, will host Stillwater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and will play in the Chippewa Falls Invitational Dec. 29-30. Their first game of that tournament is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friday night in River Falls, Hudson trailed 18-15 at halftime and cut the gap to 19-18 on a basket by Matt Krier.