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 softball team extended its winning streak to start the season to five straight games with three more road victories last week. The Raiders posted their second straight shutout in a 4-0 victory at Prescott last Tuesday before sweeping Menomonie in their first Big Rivers Conference action of the season, 2-1 and 8-7 on Thursday. Hudson, now 2-0 in the BRC, 5-0 overall, will host River Falls (0-2, 1-3) in a doubleheader Thursday, April 29 beginning at 4 p.m.
The Raider baseball team bounced back from a 7-3 loss to Eau Claire Memorial Thursday in its Big Rivers Conference opener to post a pair of come-from-behind wins and sweep Menomonie, 11-7 and 6-5, Monday in Menomonie. Austin Lenzen hit two homers in the first game and another in the nightcap while Andy Edholm and Jake Hayes also went deep. The win gives the Raiders a record of 2-1 in the BRC (4-5 overall) heading into Thursday's (April 29) home game against River Falls (1-2, 6-4). "Those are two huge wins for this team in many different ways," Hudson coach Ryan Huppert said.
The Raider boys' tennis team had to work a lot harder than the score might indicate in its 6-1 victory at Menomonie last Thursday. Jeff Dahl, at No. 3 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of Ben Duerst and David Nettleton both dropped their opening sets before rallying for wins. Meanwhile the No. 3 doubles team of Alex Lasuik and Andy Mitchell had to go to a second set tiebreaker before posting a win in their match. "The match was a little closer than the final score might indicate," head coach Dave Dahl said.
Every place counted at the Hudson True Team Invitational Friday at Newton Field, and the Raiders' depth was on full display as both the girls' and the boys' won team titles. Hudson's girls compiled a total of 917 points while the boys finished with 899 at the 8-team event.
Hudson's girls soccer team gave new head coach Laurie Aaronson plenty of reasons to smile last week by winning its first two games of the season by identical 2-1 scores last week. The Raiders scored a goal in each half of their 2-1 win in the season-opener against Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday before making a pair of first-half goals stand up in a 2-1 victory Thursday over Menomonie. Aaronson said everyone played well and found their roles and looks forward to continuing the success as the team hits the road for its next three games. "It was great to start the season with two wins, and w
For the first time in its 81-year history, the River Falls Golf Club will have a new owner beginning next month. The club's board of directors has agreed to sell the course for $1.5 million to Hanson Bros. Golf Holdings LLC of Hammond, the same group that bought the Hudson Golf Course earlier this month. Under the agreement, the board has until April 30 to consider other offers and Hanson Bros.
Senior Abby Singerhouse gave up just one hit on the mound and helped her own cause by driving in a pair of runs as the Raider softball team defeated Como Park, Minn., 7-0 Thursday in Como Park. Singerhouse took a perfect game into the seventh inning before issuing a leadoff walk. Her bid for a no-hitter was broken two batters later after getting the first out of the inning on a fly ball to right.
The Raider baseball team mounted two big comebacks in the seventh inning of games last week, but only one led to a win.
The Raider boys' tennis team swept all four singles matches, including a three-hour marathon by Eric Kromer at No. 2 singles that clinched Hudson's 4-3 victory over Eau Claire North in a Big Rivers Conference dual Thursday. After losing his opening set, 4-6, to North's Kevin Curtin, Kromer fought off three match points while trailing 4-5 in the second set. He went on to win 7-5, then took the third set, 6-4, to seal the Raider win. The Raiders' other three singles players--Max Hawksford, Jeff Dahl and Ben Duerst--had already posted victories while North had swept all three doubles matches.
The Raider track and field teams closed the indoor season in style by sweeping the Tartan Invitational last Tuesday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Both teams will head outdoors this week to host the Hudson True Team Invitational Friday, April 16 beginning at 4 p.m. at Newton Field. The Raiders capped the indoor portion of their schedule with both the boys and girls teams taking first place at last week's Tartan Invite. Hudson's boys won with a total of 166.5 points while the girls finished with 169.