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 baseball team mounted two big comebacks in the seventh inning of games last week, but only one led to a win.
The Raider boys' tennis team swept all four singles matches, including a three-hour marathon by Eric Kromer at No. 2 singles that clinched Hudson's 4-3 victory over Eau Claire North in a Big Rivers Conference dual Thursday. After losing his opening set, 4-6, to North's Kevin Curtin, Kromer fought off three match points while trailing 4-5 in the second set. He went on to win 7-5, then took the third set, 6-4, to seal the Raider win. The Raiders' other three singles players--Max Hawksford, Jeff Dahl and Ben Duerst--had already posted victories while North had swept all three doubles matches.
The Raider track and field teams closed the indoor season in style by sweeping the Tartan Invitational last Tuesday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Both teams will head outdoors this week to host the Hudson True Team Invitational Friday, April 16 beginning at 4 p.m. at Newton Field. The Raiders capped the indoor portion of their schedule with both the boys and girls teams taking first place at last week's Tartan Invite. Hudson's boys won with a total of 166.5 points while the girls finished with 169.
The Raider baseball team dropped a pair of nonconference decisions to Minnesota teams last week after having a 3-1 lead against New Richmond wiped out by Mother Nature last Tuesday, April 6. The Raiders held a two-run lead over the Tigers at Grandview Park before a steady rain became too much to play through and the game was cancelled. No make-up date has been announced. Friday the Raiders had another lead disappear, this time at the hands of Simley in a 10-2 loss on the road.
Hudson pitchers Abby Singerhouse and Courtney Whaley combined on a four-hitter and the Raiders scored runs in every inning but one on their way to an 11-2 season-opening win over New Richmond Friday, April 9 at Grandview Park. Sydney Berger, Devan DuCharme and Kindra Witthus all had two hits as Hudson outhit the Tigers 15-4 in the game. Berger was 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI while DuCharme doubled and scored three runs and Witthus doubled and scored twice. Missy Tennant added a two-run double in the victory while Singerhouse and Whaley helped their own causes with RBI base hits.
The Raider boys' tennis team has a new head coach this season, but he's a very familiar face. Longtime Raider girls' coach Dave Dahl takes over the reins of the boys program from Jon Hilding this year. But after serving as a boys' assistant coach for 15 years alongside Hilding, Dahl expects the transition to be a smooth one. "Jon had a very successful 17-year run," Dahl said. "I was Jon's assistant for 15 years, so it's going to feel a bit strange this spring without him.
It's déjà vu all over again for Hudson's Ryan Dau. Dau, a junior at Hudson High School, led Team Wisconsin Minor to its second straight Central District Championship last month and a return trip to the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament this week in Woodbridge, Ill. Dau is one of just three players on the Team Wisconsin U16 squad who are making their second straight trip to nationals.
Matt Rudquist set a new meet record in the 3200 meter run and the Raider boys posted four first place finishes to win the team title at the 18-team Blue Devil High School Track and Field Open last Tuesday at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse. In the girls' competition, the Raiders' 4 x 400 meter relay team took first as Hudson placed fourth in the 17-team field. This week the Raiders split their squads Tuesday for the Tartan Indoor Invitational at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center and the Prescott Outdoor Invite.
The Raider baseball team only had two hits Saturday (April 3) in its season opener against Mahtomedi (Minn.), but Hudson's batters put enough balls into play to post an 11-5 victory at windy Grandview Park. Hudson scored eight unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.
Former Hudson Raider hockey standout Andy Bohmbach is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that will play in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four April 8-10 at Ford Field in Detroit. Bohmbach, a 6-foot, 2-inch senior forward, had two assists in the Badgers' 5-3 victory over St. Cloud State Saturday in the West Regional final at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.