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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After a cold-shooting first quarter, the Stillwater Ponies heated up from the outside and went on to hand the Hudson boys' basketball team a 79-53 setback last Tuesday in Hudson. The Raiders, now 1-4 overall, are playing in the Chippewa Falls Invitational Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 29 and 30). They return home to host Red Wing, Minn., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Hudson, 1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, resumes BRC action Friday, Jan.
The Raider boys' hockey team continued to struggle on offense last week as it searches for its first win of the season. The Raiders dropped a 3-0 decision at River Falls last Tuesday and lost 4-1 at home Thursday to Rice Lake before losing Saturday night at Eau Claire North, 2-0. Hudson, now 0-5 in the Big Rivers Conference, 0-7 overall, will compete in the Schwan Holiday Cup in Blaine, Minn., Dec. 28-30 before resuming BRC competition Thursday, Jan. 7, at home against Chippewa Falls. THeir first game in the tournament is slated for 12:30 p.m.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team won its Big Rivers Conference opener against Menomonie Thursday before ranking fourth at the 10-team Santa Claus Invitational Saturday in Eau Claire. Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a nonconference dual to Simley. Thursday against Menomonie, the Raiders took first in every event on their way to a 135-44 victory. Jay Skinner, Charlie Skinner and Winter Jorgenson each won two events and all three played roles in the Raiders relay victories. Jay Skinner took first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 57.87 seconds and won the di
The Raider boys' basketball team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games on back-to-back nights last week, falling to River Falls, 40-35, on the road Friday before losing to Eau Claire Memorial, 61-43, at home Saturday night. The Raiders, now 1-2 in BRC play, 1-3 overall, will host Stillwater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and will play in the Chippewa Falls Invitational Dec. 29-30. Their first game of that tournament is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friday night in River Falls, Hudson trailed 18-15 at halftime and cut the gap to 19-18 on a basket by Matt Krier.
The Hudson girls' basketball team dropped a nonconference game to Red Wing, Minn., 62-39, last Tuesday before coming out on the short end of a 40-35 Big Rivers Conference decision against River Falls Friday. The Raiders will play in the Woodbury, Minn. Tournament this Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 23. Their first game of the tournament is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Tuesday, Jan.
Goals were hard to come by for the Raider boys' hockey team last week, and the result was three losses in five days. The Raiders came out on the short end of a 4-3 nonconference decision to New Richmond last Tuesday, Dec. 8 before being edged by Menomonie, 2-1, in a Big Rivers Conference game Thursday. Saturday, Dec. 12 they were held to one goal for the second straight game in a 4-1 nonconference loss at Hayward. "Our team struggled to score last week," head coach Mike Stoskopf said.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team opened the season with a Big Rivers Conference dual meet at Eau Claire Memorial Thursday and a fourth-place finish at its own Raider Invitational on Saturday. Hudson finished with 263 points at Saturday's eight-team invite to take fourth behind Eau Claire (570.5), Eagan (454.5) and Minneapolis Southwest/Washburn (291). Thursday the Raiders dropped a 130-79 decision to Eau Claire Memorial. Charlie Skinner had a pair of second place finishes at Saturday's home invite while Jay Skinner had a second and a third.
Jordan Vitek had 20 points and Eric Schmechel scored 19 as the Raider boys' basketball team bounced back from a season-opening loss at New Richmond to post a 60-40 Big Rivers Conference win over Menomonie Friday, Dec. 11 at the high school gym. The Raiders, now 1-1 overall, 1-0 in the BRC, will visit River Falls (3-1, 0-1) Friday night, Dec. 18 and will make up last Tuesday's cancelled game against Eau Claire Memorial (3-1, 0-0) Saturday night, Dec. 19 at home. Tuesday, Dec. 22, they host Stillwater, Minn.
Menomonie put 31 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter against Hudson Friday night on its way to a 67-39 victory over the Raiders in a Big Rivers Conference girls' basketball game in Menomonie. Hudson trailed 31-8 at the end of one and despite holding the Indians to single digit scoring in two of the remaining three quarters, couldn't overcome the big early deficit. "Menomonie came at us from the beginning," Raider head coach Beth Graskewicz said. "My thought was, we would go about three to four minutes with our man-to-man, then switch to a 3-2 high (zone) to slow them down.
The Hudson High School girls' hockey team continued its winning ways with three victories in five days last week, as six different skaters scored goals. The Raiders have opened the season with six victories and lead the Big Rivers Conference with a 3-0 record.