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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Former River Falls High School hockey star Dylan Dock admits he wasn't happy when he was traded from the Springfield Junior Blues to the Hudson Crusaders last month. "I was upset; it's a different league," he said, noting Springfield is a Tier II junior team that plays in the North American Hockey League and Hudson is a Tier III team and member of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.
Junior Amanda Baker will be the Raiders' lone representative at the weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison. Baker earned a berth at state by winning a sectional diving title last Friday night at the middle school pool, taking first in the Division 1 competition with a score of 384.15. Raider sophomore Kendall Tierney just missed going to state as an extra qualifier. Tierney finished fourth at Friday night's sectional with a score of 332.1.
Five seniors ran their last race for the Hudson boys at Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships while Katie and Erin Wetzstein both hope to return to compete again next year in the girls' race. The Raider boys finished eighth out of 20 teams in the Division 1 race while junior Katie Wetzstein made her state debut with a 14th place individual finish and younger sister Erin, a freshman, finished 81st. Katie Wetzstein was in 11th place at the one-mile mark and fell back to 17th place at two miles but made a surge over the final 300 meters and passed Chippewa Falls' Emily Kelly and Bro
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team finished third at the seven-team Big Rivers Conference Meet Saturday in Eau Claire. The host, Old Abes of Eau Claire Memorial, won its sixth straight conference championship and 20th title in the last 21 years, finishing with a total score of 697.5. River Falls was second with 463 followed by Hudson with 338. The Raiders will host both the WIAA Sectional diving and swimming competition this weekend at the middle school pool. Both Division 1 and 2 diving begins Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.
The Raider volleyball team opened the WIAA Regional playoffs with a four-set win over Superior last Thursday before losing to top-seeded Eau Claire North in four sets Saturday, Oct.
For three quarters Thursday night at Newton Field it looked like the last team to have the ball would win the game and earn a berth in the WIAA playoffs. But Eau Claire Memorial took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter, less than a minute after Hudson had tied the score 28-28, then added another touchdown with less than six minutes remaining in the game to pull out a 42-28 victory and keep the Raiders out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. Both teams entered the game with identical 3-3 records in the Big Rivers Conference and needed a win to earn a playoff berth.
The Raider boys' cross country team earned its second straight trip to state while sisters Katie and Erin Wetzstein both qualified for state for the first time at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country Sectional Meet Saturday at Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah. Hudson's boys finished second in the teams standings and earned a berth at state along with first place La Crosse Logan while Katie Wetzstein earned the first individual qualifying spot with a second-place finish in the girls' race and Erin Wetzstein grabbed the fifth and final spot by finishing ninth overall. The top two teams, and top five
The Raider boys' soccer team didn't have the season it anticipated back in August, but head coach Chuck Bublitz believes the team laid the groundwork for better things in the future. "We played the toughest schedule of any team in our conference, and battled injuries and absences to six of our top 11," he said. "Through it all the team stayed close and continued to battle each game.
Raider seniors Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen made it to the round of 16 while juniors Jenny Fassbinder and Casey Fall earned a top-32 finish at the WIAA Girls' State Tennis Championships last week in Madison. Karras and Theisen went 2-1 at the state tourney while Fassbinder and Fall were 1-1. Head coach Dave Dahl said the state tournament performances of both doubles teams should be applauded. "There are over 400 varsity level doubles teams in the state in Division 1," he pointed out. "To have one pair finish in the top 32 and another in the top 16 is a pretty nice accomplishment.
After the Raiders 27-14 loss to Eau Claire North last Thursday, Hudson football coach Adam Kowles pointed out that a good quarterback can be like a hot pitcher in baseball or a hot goalie in hockey. They can take over a game," he said.