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 Raider boys' basketball team led by three at halftime of Saturday's regular season finale against Wausau West, but the Warriors rallied in the second half to improve to 18-4 on the season with a 48-43 victory over Hudson. The Raiders scored the first six points of the game but couldn't score a basket in the rest of the first quarter as Wausau West came back to tie the score, 6-6, at the end of one.
Morgan Karras scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter to lead a Raider comeback effort, but Hudson couldn't overcome a slow start and dropped a Big Rivers Conference game to Eau Claire Memorial, 45-33, Friday night at the high school. Monday night the Raiders wrapped up the regular season with a 50-44 loss at Boyceville. Hudson received the No. 12 seed in the upcoming playoffs and will open WIAA regional play Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at No. 5 Chippewa Falls.
Emily Stankevitz poked home a rebound with 1:17 remaining in the second overtime to lift the Hudson girls' hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Hayward in a sectional semifinal game Tuesday night in Hudson. The Raiders move on to face the St. Croix Valley Fusion in the sectional final game Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Hunt Arena in River Falls. The winner will advance to the WIAA State Hockey Tournament next week in Madison. Hayward jumped out to a 2-0 lead Tuesday before Abby Singerhouse took a pass from Bonnie Meyer and beat the Hayward goalie at the 9:27 mark of the second period.
The Raider 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams narrowly missed setting new school records at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Madison. Both teams finished 18th at the state meet, turning in the fastest times by a Raider team since 1995. In individual events, sophomore Charlie Skinner placed 19th in the 200 individual medley and 22nd in the 100 butterfly and senior Charlie Skinner finished 23rd in the 200 freestyle. The 200 freestyle relay team of junior Luke Wusterbarth, senior Campbell Fall, Charlie Skinner and Jay Skinner combined for a time of 1 m
Amanda Baker took fifth in the all-around and Paige Kazak finished sixth to lead the Raider gymnastics team to a third place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Friday, Feb. 19 in River Falls. River Falls won the tourney with a team score of 139.1 while Eau Claire North/Memorial was second with 135.9.
After erupting for 11 goals in last Tuesday's regional semifinal win over Spooner, the Raiders boys' hockey team had a harder time finding the back of the net Thursday and dropped a 5-2 decision to New Richmond in a regional final game. Ryan Dau scored a goal and assisted on another by Adam Dardine, but second-seeded New Richmond advanced to Tuesday's sectional semifinal against No. 3 Menomonie while the seventh-seeded Raiders' season ended with a record of 8-14-0. "Although the New Richmond game was disappointing, I was extremely pleased with the effort," head coach Mike Stoskopf said.
The Raider boys' basketball team dropped a pair of nonconference games to Minnesota opponents sandwiched around a Big Rivers Conference loss at Chippewa Falls last week. The Raiders, now 6-15 overall, 4-8 in the BRC, will wrap up the regular season Saturday, Feb. 27 at home against Wausau West (16-4). Hudson drew the No. 11 seed in the 16-team regional bracket and will open up postseason play Tuesday, March 2, at No.
Hudson senior Rachel Zachar will be continuing her education while competing in track and cross country at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) starting next fall. Zachar signed a national letter of intent to attend IPFW last Wednesday. Zachar is a three-time state qualifier in cross country and a 2008 state track qualifier in the 3200 meter run.
The Raider gymnastics team closed out the regular season in style with a 135.225 to 118.925 victory over Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet at Chippewa Falls Thursday, Feb. 11. Next up for the Raiders is the BRC Championships Tournament Friday, Feb. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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.