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's boys ran to a first-place finish and the Raider girls finished sixth in the first cross country meet of the season at the Husky Invitational in Eau Claire Saturday. Senior Jacob Ball finished second and junior Matt Rudquist was third to lead the Raiders to a first-place team total of 75 points in the 14-team boys' portion of the race. Sophomore Katie Wetzstein took second as the Raiders finished with 138 points in the 13-team girls' field. Hudson's boys were followed by La Crosse Central with 83, La Crosse Loga, 93, and Holmen, 115.
The scoreboard and clock at Newton Field never worked during Friday night's Raider football team's season opener against Wisconsin Rapids, and that was just fine with Hudson head coach Adam Kowles. "That's kind of how we want to play," Kowles said.
The defending Big Rivers Conference champion Raider boys' soccer team opened the 2009 season by playing to a 1-1 tie at Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday before blanking Menomonie, 5-0, on the road Thursday. After hosting River Falls Tuesday night, Sept. 1, the Raiders will visit Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 3 and host Eastview (Minn.) in a nonconference game Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. Last Tuesday at Eau Claire Memorial, Hudson salvaged a 1-1 tie when Nick Lund sent a second half cross to Chris Berglund, and Berglund redirected a header into the net.
The Hudson High School girls' golf team has posted a pair of firsts and a pair of second-place finishes in its first four tournaments of the season. The Raiders won the Husky Invitational, hosted by Eau Claire North at Wild Ridge Golf Course Aug. 17 and the Big Rivers Conference-Mississippi Valley Conference Challenge last Wednesday at Drugan's Castle Mound in La Crosse. In between they took second at the New Richmond Invite Aug.
The Raider volleyball team opens the season this week, led by four returning lettwerwinners and a host of new faces looking to fill the void left by the graduation of eight seniors from last year's squad. The Raiders hosted the Hudson Quad on Tuesday and will jump right into Big Rivers Conference competition Thursday (Sept. 3) when they visit Eau Claire Memorial. They host Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 8, visit Ellsworth Thursday, Sept. 10, and host the Raider Invitational on Saturday, Sept.
The Raiders girls' tennis team won 18 of 21 matches Saturday (August 29) on its way to a 3-0 record at the Menomonie Quad. Earlier in the week the Raiders went 1-2 at the rain-shortened Green Bay Southwest Super 16 Tournament last Monday and Tuesday, and dropped their Big Rivers Conference opener to Eau Claire Memorial, 4-3, on Thursday. Hudson will resume BRC play Thursday, Sept. 3 at River Falls at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
Raider head football coach Adam Kowles said his team may look different to fans this season. One reason is the Raiders only return four starters on both sides of the line. But don't expect any wholesale changes to the way the team plays the game. "To fans, we're going to look a lot different offensively, but we're really not going to be that different. We'll just have some different wrinkles on the same scheme," he said. "We're going to do some things sideline to sideline. We're going to use a lot of different guys in a lot of different ways.
After finishing in a three-way tie for second place at the Eau Claire Memorial Round Robin Tournament Thursday, the Raider girls' tennis team dominated its three opponents at Saturday's River Falls Quad. Hudson opened with a 6-1 win over Woodbury before sweeping both Chisago Lakes and the host Wildcats by 7-0 scores to earn the top spot at the tourney. Hudson will put its 9-2 record on the line this week when it travels to The Green Bay Southwest Super 16 Tournament Tuesday.
The Raider girls' tennis team put Hudson High School's first "W" of the season in the books by going 3-0 to take first place at the Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North Saturday. The Raiders swept Unity, 7-0, and defeated Altoona, 6-1, before dispatching the host Eau Claire North Huskies, 4-3, to clinch the tourney title. "It's obviously nice to start the season on a positive note," Raider head coach Dave Dahl said.
So this is how it ends. No party; no fanfare; you're just going to quietly slip out of town and head south, and I'm going to forever be nothing more than a twinkle in your eye that your fans in St. Joseph won't understand. We both knew it couldn't last forever. A small, upper Midwest town like me and a famous, original American Football League franchise like you. We both understood our time together would be seasonable and temporary. But boy we had some good times together in 19 years, didn't we? Remember the very first summer?