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 Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships are less than two weeks away. And judging by the performances of the Raiders boys' and girls' teams so far this season, Hudson has got to be looked at as the team to beat May 18 in Chippewa Falls. Both Raider teams continued their dominance last week by taking first at both the Old Abe Relays Tuesday in Eau Claire and the Rice Lake Invitational Friday.
The Hudson boys' golf team continued to play well at two invitational tournaments last week, and with no Big Rivers Conference matches coming up this week, the team is preparing for a two-day invite in Hayward. Last week the Raiders traveled to White Bear Lake, Minn., for an 18-team invitational on Monday, and against some good Twin Cities competition finished seventh. Stillwater won the event with an 18-hole score of 309, beating Wayzata in a tie breaker. Hudson finished at 322, tying Woodbury.
Sweeps RF, Marshfield to stay undefeated The Raider softball team kept its share of first place in the Big Rivers Conference by sweeping River Falls, 8-0 and 10-2, Thursday before winning both games of a nonconference doubleheader at Marshfield Saturday. Hudson improved to 4-0 in the BRC, 9-0 overall, heading into a home doubleheader with Eau Claire North (1-1, 6-2) Thursday.
The Hudson track and field teams' stellar season continued last week as both the boys and the girls took first place at meets in Osceola and River Falls. At the 5-team Osceola Open Tuesday, the Raider boys took first in 11 of the 18 events and finished with 203 points, 94.5 points ahead of second-place Osceola. The girls posted 12 first-place finishes to win the team competition with 177.5, 45 better than the second-place Chieftains.
The Raider girls' soccer team didn't play its best soccer of the season last week, but it was still good enough to come away with a split in a pair of Big Rivers Conference games. The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, 3-2, at River Falls last Tuesday in a battle between the only remaining unbeaten teams in the BRC.
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