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 swam to first place finishes in all three individual freestyle events but Big Rivers Conference powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial won every other event to defeat the Raiders, 120-66 Thursday in Eau Claire. Emily Bedford won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 5.66 seconds and Lindsey Bedford won the 500 yard free in 5:34.75 while Catie Weese took first in the 100 free in 58.71 seconds to account for the Raider victories.
The Raider soccer team finished a busy seven days of action with a record of 3-1-1, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins to stay on top of the conference standings. Hudson defeated Eau Claire North, 3-1, last Tuesday at home and blanked Chippewa Falls, 5-0, Thursday to remain in first place in the BRC with a record of 5-0-1, two points ahead of 4-0-1 Eau Claire Memorial. First place will be on the line when the Raiders and Old Abes square off Thursday, Sept. 17 in Hudson at 7 p.m. at the middle school field. The two teams tied, 1-1, in the BRC opener Aug.
Cassie Wurm fired a 9-hole score of 42 to earn medalist honors but no other Raider golfer broke 50 and the team finished third at a 5-team Big Rivers Conference mini-meet Thursday at the River Falls Golf Club. Wurm won by two strokes over River Falls' Alyssa Casey, but the Wildcats had four players score in the 40s and won the team competition with a total score of 186.
Menomonie juggled its lineup in an attempt to upset the Raider tennis team last Tuesday, but Hudson's Nicole Buechler and Morgan Karras spoiled the Indians' plans and helped lift Hudson to a 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory. The Raiders picked up their second BRC win of the week Thursday in River Falls by a score of 6-1. Hudson hosted Rice Lake Tuesday, Sept. 8 before traveling to Eau Claire North next Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Huskies defeated the Raiders, 5-2, two weeks ago at the Green Bay Southwest Tournament. "Overall, we're making good progress," Hudson coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raider cross country teams ran against a tough field at the Marshfield Columbus Invitational Saturday and came away with strong showings as the girls placed second and the boys third in the eight-school Division 1 competition. A total of 30 teams in three divisions competed at the invite. Hudson's girls finished with 53 points to trail only first-place Whitefish Bay's total of 24 in Division 1. Marshfield finished third with 67. "The girls' team ran an excellent race," Raider coach Don Krupa said.
Since a season-opening tie against Eau Claire Memorial back on Aug.
While the Raiders' offense struggled to find its rhythm Friday night in Somerset, the defense came up with the big stops at the right time to preserve a 7-6 victory over the Spartans. After over three quarters of scoreless play, quarterback Davy Branson put the Raiders on the scoreboard with a 14-yard touchdown run with 11:10 remaining in the game.
The Raider volleyball team opened its season last week by going 2-1 Tuesday at the Hudson Quad before dropping its Big Rivers Conference opener at Eau Claire Memorial, 3-1, Thursday. Hudson will travel to Ellsworth for a nonconference match Thursday, Sept. 10 before hosting the Raider Invitational Saturday, Sept.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team kicked off its season at home against Minnesota powerhouse Cretin-Derham Hall Thursday and had a strong showing, losing by a score of 111-74. "I believe our swimmers and divers more than held their own," Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "We had many quality swims, which included some personal best times. Also, most of our divers have already completed their 6 and even 11 dive lists, adding extremely to the success of our team." The Raiders posted three first-place finishes of the night.
When Dr. David Florence was a youngster, he spent 14 months in a Cleveland hospital. An avid sports fan even then, the Akron, Ohio, native spent most of that time listening to Cleveland Indians baseball games on the radio. "This was before antibiotics," he said. "I was sick and couldn't get out of bed and my whole life centered around the Indians. It was the only thing I had to live for." Florence remembers listening the day Indians' future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller threw a wild pitch into the stands that hit his own mother.