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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Raider sophomore Max Hawksford won his quarterfinal match against Nick Ackerman of Marshfield to clinch a spot at state before going on to a fourth place finish at No. 1 singles at the Wausau West Sectional last Thursday. Hawksford will face senior David Yarmulnik of Nicolet in the opening round of the WIAA State Boys Tennis Championships Thursday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. "I'm not sure we've had a sophomore go to state as a singles player since we've been a Division 1 school," Raider head coach Dave Dahl said.
Hudson's boys will have competitors in ten events and the Raiders girls will compete in six events at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 4-5 in La Crosse. Hudson's boys will be sending 15 individuals in ten events while the girls will have nine competitors in six events after qualifying at the sectional meet Thursday in Wausau. Hudson's boys won the sectional team title with a total of 115 points while the girls placed third with 80.
The Raider softball team wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Eau Claire Memorial, 7-0 and 6-1, in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader last Tuesday at Grandview Park. The Raiders ended the regular season with a record of 9-3 in the BRC, 17-4 overall, and earned the No. 2 seed in this week's WIAA regional tournament. They opened play Tuesday, June 1, at home against No. 7 seed River Falls (4-16). A win would pit them against either third-seed Eau Claire North (12-6) or seventh-seed Superior (5-17), Thursday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Grandview Park.
The Raider baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over South St. Paul Monday, May 24 at Grandview Park. Last week Hudson dropped a 16-2 decision to second-ranked and Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire North, before losing both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Onalaska, 12-9 and 3-2. The Raiders, now 4-5 in the BRC, 8-12 overall, traveled to Eau Claire Memorial (7-3, 17-3) Tuesday, May 25 and will host Chippewa Falls (6-4, 14-5) Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season Friday, May 28 at home at 4:30 p.m.
The Raider tennis team will send three individuals and one doubles team to today's (May 26) sectional in Wausau following the WIAA Division 1 subsectional Monday in Eau Claire. Max Hawksford, at No. 1 singles, Jimmy Setzer and No. 2, Jeff Dahl at No. 3, and the No. 3 doubles team of Seth Blum and Tanner Owens will all compete Wednesday for a chance to go to state. Hudson finished second at the subsectional with 18 points, behind Eau Claire Memorial's 24. "With the intense heat today, the conditions were brutal," Raider head coach Dave Dahl said about Monday's subsectional.
Less than a week after sweeping the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships in Chippewa Falls, the Raiders boys' and girls' teams claimed both regional titles at the WIAA Division 1 meet Monday, May 24, in River Falls. Hudson's boys won with a team total of 193 points, far ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial's 98. The Raider girls totaled 153.5 to take first, easily distancing themselves from runner-up Menomonie's 107. Last Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, the Raider boys ran away with the BRC title with 207 points.
The Raiders girls' soccer team followed up a 4-3 victory at Rice Lake last Tuesday by blanking Eau Claire North, 5-0, Thursday at the middle school field. The Raiders, now 7-3-1 in the BRC, 8-4-1 overall, wrapped up the regular season Tuesday at Chippewa Falls (5-5-0, 9-5-0).
Hudson had four players shoot in the 70s on its way to winning the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Wednesday, May 19, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. The tournament win also gave Hudson the overall league title, four points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial. Jordan Vitek earned tournament medalist honors with a score of 75 to lead the Raiders while Jack Holland carded 77 and Luke Burbach and Sam Stephens each finished with 79. Ben Lewis came in with 84. Hudson finished with a team total of 311, eight strokes ahead of Eau Claire Memorial's 319.
Hudson's boys and girls track team both won championships at the Big Rivers Conference track and field meet Tuesday, May 18, in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders boys won 10 of 18 events, including all four relays, and finished with 207 points to run away with the title while the girls won five events and finished with 145 points, ten points ahead of second place Menomonie. River Falls finished fourth on both the boys and girls sides. Tyler Smith won individual titles in both the 100 and 200 meter dash races with times of 11.26 and 22.76 seconds, respectively, while Nicholas Schumacher won the 80
Despite a pair of Big Rivers Conference losses last week, the Raider girls' soccer team remains in striking distance of first place, tied with Eau Claire Memorial for second place with 11 points each. The Raiders dropped a 1-0 decision at Menomonie last Tuesday and came out on the short end of a 2-0 score to the first-place Wildcats Thursday. The Raiders, now 5-3-1 in the BRC, 7-4-1 overall, traveled to Rice Lake (1-6-1, 6-8-1) Tuesday, May 18, and will host Eau Claire North (3-5-0, 9-7-1) Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m.