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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Raider senior Jordan Vitek has been named to the 2009-10 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys' Basketball team. Vitek, a 6-foot guard, was named to the five player second team. He finished fourth in the conference and led the Raiders in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game this season. He scored a career-high 42 points Jan. 8 in a 72-65 Raider victory over Rice Lake. Spencer Tollefson of Eau Claire Memorial was named the BRC Player of the Year and headlines the five player first team.
Senior Michael Bennett and Chas Larson have accepted invitations to play for the North Division 1-3 Large School team at the 2010 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game Saturday, July 17, in Oshkosh. Raider head coach Adam Kowles will also join the team as an assistant coach.
Four members of the Hudson girls' hockey team have been named to the 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference Team, as voted on by the conference coaches and released last week. Senior Alise Riedel and junior Bonnie Meyer were both named to the six-player first team while seniors Emily Stankevitz and Abby Singerhouse received honorable mention. Riedel was named the first team goaltender after posting a record of 9-2-4 with four shutouts and leading the conference in goals against average (1.09) and save percentage (.960).
Twice in the last three weeks, up to 50 youngsters in grades 3 through 10 have gathered at the Knowles Center on the campus of UW-River Falls to learn the finer points of the game of lacrosse. Starting in 2008 with about 20 players, the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association has grown to around 80 this year with registration for the upcoming spring season still open through the end of March. Rich Grinstead, a clinic instructor and coach in the association, said all it takes for a kid to get hooked on the game is to start playing it. "Once you start playing, it's contagious," he said.
Three Hudson gymnasts capped their 2009-10 season by competing at the WIAA Division 1 Individual State Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. All three Raiders qualified for the state meet in the floor exercise. Sophomore Amanda Baker was the top Hudson finisher, tying for 18th place with a score of 8.917. Baker received scores of 8.95, 9.0 and 8.8 from the three judges. Senior Paige Kazak concluded her high school career by finishing 24th with a score of 8.717.
The Raider boys' basketball team trimmed a double-digit deficit to eight at the end of the third quarter but couldn't get any closer in a 72-48 loss to Merrill in a regional semifinal game at Merrill last Tuesday night. Hudson trailed 36-21 at halftime before outscoring Merrill 19-12 in the third quarter to pull to within eight, 48-40.
Three members of the Hudson gymnastics team qualified for this Friday's (March 5) WIAA State Individual Tournament but the Raiders came up one spot short of qualifying for Saturday's team competition at last Saturday's sectional meet in Rice Lake. Senior Paige Kazak and sophomores Amanda Baker and Toria Ferrell all finished in the top five in the floor exercise to earn spots at Friday night's state individual tournament in Wisconsin Rapids. "We had our highest floor scores of the season, which resulted in three individuals qualifying for the state tournament," Coach Holly Stewart said. Bake
The Raider girls' hockey team's quest for a state tournament berth ended in heartbreak Saturday night (Feb. 27) when the defending state champion St. Croix Valley Fusion held on for a 3-1 victory over Hudson in the sectional final at Hunt Arena in River Falls. The Raiders season came to an end with a record of 17-3-4 while the top-ranked Fusion improved to 22-4-1 and will face the sixth-ranked University School of Milwaukee (19-6-2) in a state tournament semifinal game Friday afternoon, March 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Central Wisconsin Storm (24-2-0), No.
The Raider boys' basketball team led by three at halftime of Saturday's regular season finale against Wausau West, but the Warriors rallied in the second half to improve to 18-4 on the season with a 48-43 victory over Hudson. The Raiders scored the first six points of the game but couldn't score a basket in the rest of the first quarter as Wausau West came back to tie the score, 6-6, at the end of one.
Morgan Karras scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter to lead a Raider comeback effort, but Hudson couldn't overcome a slow start and dropped a Big Rivers Conference game to Eau Claire Memorial, 45-33, Friday night at the high school. Monday night the Raiders wrapped up the regular season with a 50-44 loss at Boyceville. Hudson received the No. 12 seed in the upcoming playoffs and will open WIAA regional play Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at No. 5 Chippewa Falls.