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 Evan Zik had the kind of game most defensemen only dream about last Tuesday at Rice Lake. Zik scored four goals as the Raider boys' hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to score five goals in the third period on its way to a 6-4 victory over the Warriors. The Raiders didn't fare as well Saturday night in Eau Claire, dropping a 3-0 decision to Eau Claire North despite outshooting the Huskies 34-17. Hudson, now 4-7-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, 6-12-0 overall, played a nonconference game at New Richmond Tuesday night (Feb. 9) and will return to BRC play Thursday, Feb.
Four different Hudson players scored goals and goaltender Alise Riedel made 40 saves as the Hudson girls' hockey team defeated the top-ranked and defending state champion St. Croix Valley Fusion 4-2 Thursday night (Feb. 4) in Hudson. It was the Fusion's first loss to a Wisconsin team in two years and its' first-ever loss in Big Rivers Conference play. The team is a cooperative program consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St.
Amanda Baker had the Raiders' highest score in all four individual events and took third in the all-around but Hudson dropped a Big River Conference gymnastics dual meet to Eau Claire North/Memorial 138.63 to 131.35 last Tuesday in Eau Claire. Baker finished with a total score of 34.375 to take third in the all-around, just .275 behind Eau Claire's Kendra Morgan. Nicole Nohelty of Eau Claire took first with 35.65. Baker's best individual finish came on the balance beam, where she took second with a score of 9.05.
Hudson High School boys' soccer coach Chuck Bublitz, left, welcomes the Raiders' new girls' varsity coach, Laurie Aaronson, to campus at a meeting in athletic director Stephanie DeVos' office Jan. 21. Aaronson has been an assistant coach at Woodbury, Minn., the last five years. Laurie Aaronson has seen what it takes to win state championships.
The Hudson girls' hockey team recorded a win and a tie for the second consecutive week to extend their 2009-2010 record to 12-2-4. Last Thursday the Raiders hosted Mahtomedi, Minn., at Gornick Arena hoping to avenge an overtime loss to the Zephyrs in the Schwan Cup in late December. This game went into overtime as well, but ended in a 1-1 tie. All of the scoring took place in the first period of the game. Mahtomedi's Alorah Burn scored four minutes into the period. Bonnie Meyer evened the score for Hudson on an unassisted goal near the end of the first frame.
The Raider gymnastics' team overcame illness and injury to post its second highest score of the season and take first place at the seven-team Hudson Invitational Saturday at Willow River Elementary School. Without Paige Kazak due to illness, and with Sarah Monette limited to just two events with a sprained wrist, the rest of the Raiders stepped up and posted a team score of 133.65 -- its second highest score of the season -- to win the team title. The Raider junior varsity also fared well, placing second in its portion of the event.
For the first half of last Tuesday's game against River Falls, the Raider boys' hockey team completely outplayed the Wildcats but had just a scoreless tie to show for it. But when Beau Hommes scored the first goal of the game midway through the second period, Hudson had a lead it would never relinquish and went on to a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory. Up until Hommes' goal, Wildcat goaltender Garrett Jensen had kept the Raiders off the scoreboard despite Hudson outshooting River Falls 21-5 through the first 24 minutes.
Karyn Bye-Dietz watched the dozen or so neighborhood kids skating on her homemade rink in the town of Troy Saturday afternoon and smiled. "I love this," she said. "It brings back memories of when I was a kid and skated all the time, weekends, after school, whenever I could." Bye-Dietz went from skating in her backyard in River Falls to winning a gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, as a member of the very first U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey team. She earned a silver medal four years later at the Salt Lake City, Utah, games.
Raider boys' hockey coach Mike Stoskopf said the Raiders played hard in five of the six periods they played last week. That was good enough to post a 6-3 Big Rivers Conference victory at Menomonie Thursday, but it cost the Raiders in their 2-1 loss to Somerset Saturday at home. "Against Menomonie we played real hard for three periods," Stoskopf said about the Raiders' six-goal outburst, their highest scoring game of the season. "When the puck goes in the net, it just feels like you're playing well.
The Raider boys' basketball team hosted a pair of Minnesota opponents in back-to-back nonconference games over the weekend and came away with a split. Hudson defeated Edina, 54-50, Friday night before falling to North St. Paul, 41-38, Saturday. The Raiders, now 5-8 overall, 3-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, begin the second half of their BRC schedule with road games at Eau Claire Memorial (11-3, 6-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Menomonie on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. (0-12, 0-6) this week. They return home to host River Falls (9-4, 2-3) on Thursday, Feb.