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 wrestling team tuned up for its Big Rivers Conference showdown with Chippewa Falls this Thursday by dominating Eau Claire North in a 70-3 victory last Thursday at the high school gym. Hudson posted nine pins in the win to improve to 5-0 in conference duals. Chippewa Falls is also undefeated and the two teams will square off Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Chippewa Falls with the regular season conference title on the line. This is the second year in a row Hudson and Chippewa Falls both take undefeated records into their dual match.
Jay Skinner and Charlie Skinner each won two events and the Raiders had two of the top five finishers in six different events on their way to taking first place at the four-team Head of Lakes Invitational in Superior Saturday. The first place finish came two days after Hudson rolled to a 131-30 Big Rivers Conference victory over Rice Lake. The Raiders visited Stillwater, Minn., for a dual meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and will compete in the Old Abe Invitational at Eau Claire Memorial Saturday, Jan. 23 before hosting Chippewa Falls in the final home dual meet of the season Thursday, Jan.
The sixth-ranked Hudson wrestling team ran its season record to 11-0 in dual meets and won another tournament championship Saturday at the Hudson Invitational. That capped off an impressive week as Hudson also improved to a league-leading 4-0 record in the Big River Conference with a 76-3 win Thursday at Rice Lake. Hudson opened Saturday's Invite with a 71-6 drubbing of Baldwin-Woodville in the opening round. In round two the Raiders faced Sauk Rapids-Rice (Minn.) for the first time in history and came away with a convincing 51-13 victory.
If last week's results are any indication, things are starting to gel for the Raider boys' basketball team. The Raiders started the week with a 52-42 nonconference win over Red Wing, Minn., Tuesday night and followed that up three nights later with an impressive 72-65 Big Rivers Conference victory over Rice Lake. Head coach Jason Swavely said the two victories are good confidence boosters for the young team. "We're starting to breed some confidence in the young guys," he said. "As the young players start to play together they are starting to gel. Their roles are becoming defined.
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.