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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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.
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.