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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Two nights after dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime at Eau Claire North, the Raider boys' soccer team suffered a 7-0 home loss to Chippewa Falls last week. Hudson, now 2-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, 2-5 overall, will travel to conference-leader Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, Sept. 16 and play a nonconference game at Stillwater Monday, Sept. 20, before visiting Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 21, and returning home to host River Falls Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Last Tuesday at Eau Claire North, senior captains Chris Berglund and J.C.
Hudson's offense may have gotten off to a slow start in Friday night's Big Rivers Conference opener against Superior, but that was OK because the Spartans never had a chance against the Raider defense. The Raiders held the Spartans to 79 yards of total offense in the first half and forced Superior to punt on four of their first five possessions with the end of the half halting Superior's other possession. For the game, Hudson's defense held Superior to 173 total yards, with 82 of those coming on the final drive that resulted in the Spartans only touchdown with 14 seconds remaining. "I thoug
Nothing like a convincing win to make a long bus ride home more fun. Just ask Raider girls' tennis coach Dave Dahl, whose team didn't drop a set in a convincing 7-0 victory at Rice Lake last Tuesday. "A solid win at Rice Lake always makes the bus ride home a little easier," Dahl said. "It was a pretty cold and windy day, but the girls adjusted well. They've been doing a great job playing through whatever the weather this season." Nicole Buechler posted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles and Morgan Van Allen won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, while Chelsea Buechler earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at No.
The Raider girls' tennis team picked up a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins last week, defeating Menomonie 6-1, last Tuesday and River Falls, 7-0, Thursday. The Raiders, now 2-1 in the BRC, 15-6 overall, will host Eau Claire North Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Last Tuesday at Menomonie, Hudson won three of four singles matches and all three doubles matches in the 6-1 victory over the Indians. "Menomonie's strength was in the top three singles spots, so I was very happy to take two of those three matches," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raiders volleyball team picked up a pair of nonconference wins against Durand and New Richmond last Tuesday before dropping their Big Rivers Conference opener in straight sets Thursday night to Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson defeated Durand 25-23, 20-25, 15-8 and New Richmond 25-9, 25-15 in a multi-team match Tuesday but was swept by Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, 18-25, 18-25, 12-25. The Raiders will host the Hudson Invitational Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. and resume BRC play Tuesday, Sept. 14, at home at 7:15 p.m.
The Raider girls' cross country team finished fourth and the boys placed fifth against some formidable competition at the Marshfield Columbus Invitational Saturday in Marshfield. Hudson's girls took fourth out of 22 teams with 85 points while the boys were fifth out of 23 squads with 113. "The girls' team ran a great race, they showed poise, character and patience as they competed in their second race of the season," Raider coach Don Krupa said.
After losing the first game of the season at Wisconsin Rapids a week earlier, Raider football coach Adam Kowles wanted to see improvement from his team in week two at Farmington, Minn. And he saw plenty. The Raider defense held Farmington to minus-25 yards rushing and six total first downs while the offense scored twice through the air, twice on the ground and once on special teams in a 30-13 victory. "We definitely took some positive steps in week two," Kowles said. "I thought the defense did a great job stopping the run, which is the name of the game.
In its first dual meet of the season last Tuesday, the Hudson girls' swimming and diving team came out on the short end of a 99-79 score on the road at Cretin Derham Hall. The Raiders had a strong showing in diving, where Amanda Baker, Kendall Tierney and Kiah Tulibaski took the top three spots. Baker won with a score of 197.05 while Tierney was second with 141.5 and Tulibaski third with 126.0. The only other first place finishes for the Raiders came in the final two events of the night, where they swept the top two spots.
Two nights after playing well in a 2-0 loss to defending conference and sectional champion Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday, the Raider boys' soccer team blanked Menomonie, 4-0, to even its Big Rivers Conference mark at 1-1 on the season. Sophomore Max McKenzie and freshman Mitch Rosiejka combined to keep the Indians off the scoreboard Thursday night while Hudson got two goals from senior Zach Schendel and one each from seniors Chris Berglund and Alex Girard. "It was nice to get our first win of the season," Raider coach Chuck Bublitz said.
Hudson head football coach Adam Kowles saw plenty of things to work on this week in practice at the team's season opener Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. The Red Raiders used three touchdown runs of 40-plus yards in the first half to build a 21-6 halftime lead on their way to defeating the Raiders, 35-6. The victory for Wisconsin Rapids avenges a pair of losses to Hudson last year -- a 21-13 Raider victory in the season opener and a 21-6 Hudson win in the first round of the playoffs. Rapids returns many of its starters from a year ago while Hudson has just four starters back. "That's a go