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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Hudson senior Rachel Zachar will be continuing her education while competing in track and cross country at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) starting next fall. Zachar signed a national letter of intent to attend IPFW last Wednesday. Zachar is a three-time state qualifier in cross country and a 2008 state track qualifier in the 3200 meter run.
The Raider gymnastics team closed out the regular season in style with a 135.225 to 118.925 victory over Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet at Chippewa Falls Thursday, Feb. 11. Next up for the Raiders is the BRC Championships Tournament Friday, Feb. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Hudson girls' basketball team held New Richmond to just three first half field goals on its way to a 37-32 nonconference victory last Tuesday in Hudson. The Raiders jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead and led 20-10 at halftime. They extended the margin to 30-19 at the end of three before holding off a fourth-quarter Tiger surge for the five-point win. Freshman Kindra Witthus led all scorers with 14 points while senior Kaitlyn Haag added 6 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.
The Raider boys' basketball team's strategy against Eau Claire North Friday night centered around stopping the Huskies' 6-foot, 11-inch future Badger Evan Anderson. It worked for a half. Hudson led by four, 26-22 at the break and opened the second half with a Davy Branson steal and layup that extended the lead to six. But Eau Claire North eventually heated up from the outside and went on a 20-5 third quarter run on its way to a 54-35 victory over the Raiders.
The Hudson wrestling team lost to Wausau West, 36-22, in a WIAA Division 1 team sectional while the Raider boys' hockey team advanced to the regional semifinals with an 11-0 win over Spooner in postseason high school action Tuesday night (Feb. 16). Zach Beinlich scored four goals and Ryan Dau scored two in the boys' hockey team's win over Spooner. The Raiders move on to face New Richmond in the regional semifinal Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Raider boys' hockey team ended its regular season with a 6-3 nonconference victory at New Richmond last Tuesday and a 4-1 Big Rivers Conference loss Thursday at Chippewa Falls. The Raiders wrapped up the regular season with a record of 7-13 overall, 4-8 in the BRC. They opened WIAA regional play Tuesday night, Feb. 16 at home against Spooner with the winner moving on to face New Richmond Thursday night, Feb. 18 at New Richmond.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team will be represented in five events at this weekend's WIAA State Championships in Madison. Hudson qualified two relay teams and two individuals from Saturday's sectional meet at the middle school. Sophomore Charlie Skinner will compete at the state meet in two events, qualifying for the second straight year in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, which he narrowly missed qualifying for last year, while his older brother, senior Jay Skinner, returns to state in the 200 freestyle.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team finished third at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday in River Falls. Eau Claire Memorial/North took first with 665 points followed by Chippewa Falls with 549. Hudson was third with 441 and River Falls was fourth with 279 while Rice Lake finished fifth with 151 and Menomonie sixth with 141. Hudson will host the WIAA sectionals this weekend at the middle school pool with diving competition Friday at 5 p.m. and swimming Saturday, Feb.
The Raider boys' basketball team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, 53-45 at home to River Falls Tuesday and 72-50 Saturday night at Rice Lake. Hudson, now 4-6 in the BRC, 6-11 overall, will host Eau Claire North (5-3, 10-6) Friday, Feb. 12 and Hill-Murray (Minn.) Tuesday, Feb.
The Raider girls' basketball team cut a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to 9 with just over two minutes remaining last Tuesday at River Falls, but couldn't get any closer in a 54-42 loss to the Wildcats. Friday the Raiders stayed close with Rice Lake through three quarters before dropping a 65-43 decision. Hudson hosted New Richmond Tuesday night and will travel to Eau Claire North Thursday, Feb. 11 before returning home to host Chippewa Falls Saturday, Feb.