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 baseball team dropped its last two Big Rivers Conference games, 9-5 at fourth-ranked Eau Claire North Thursday and 4-1 Monday at Chippewa Falls. Last Friday's scheduled home game against South St. Paul was rained out and will be made up on Monday, May 24. Tuesday's game scheduled at Eau Claire Memorial was also postponed due to weather and will be played on Tuesday, May 25 in Eau Claire. Last Thursday at Eau Claire North (7-0 BRC, 11-0 overall), Hudson took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, aided by two walks and three hit batters.
The Raider softball team continued its assault on opponents' pitching last week, hitting four home runs while going 6-1 overall, including capturing the championship at the Princeton, Minn., Tournament Saturday, May 8. In nine games between April 29 and Saturday's tournament opener at Princeton, five different Raiders combined for seven home runs.
The Raider boys tennis team found out last Thursday why Eau Claire Memorial is the third-ranked team in the state. Hudson pushed the Old Abes to three sets in two matches, but the Raiders couldn't win more than two games in any other match as Memorial handed Hudson its first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season by a score of 7-0. Saturday, the Raiders went 2-1 at the Woodbury Invitational, defeating Duluth Marshall 4-3 and River Falls 5-2 and losing to Woodbury 5-2. Head coach Dave Dahl said the Raiders had some small victories in their loss to Eau Claire Memorial, despite the lopsided
One thing you can count on when Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial square off in Big Rivers Conference girls' soccer is that the game will be close. Hudson won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 2-1, back on April 13 on the Raiders' home turf. In the latest matchup Thursday in Eau Claire, the Old Abes came from behind twice to tie the score before settling for a 2-2 double-overtime tie that kept Hudson within striking distance of first place River Falls in the BRC. The Wildcats and Raiders will meet Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Hudson's Middle School field.
The Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships are less than two weeks away. And judging by the performances of the Raiders boys' and girls' teams so far this season, Hudson has got to be looked at as the team to beat May 18 in Chippewa Falls. Both Raider teams continued their dominance last week by taking first at both the Old Abe Relays Tuesday in Eau Claire and the Rice Lake Invitational Friday.
The Hudson boys' golf team continued to play well at two invitational tournaments last week, and with no Big Rivers Conference matches coming up this week, the team is preparing for a two-day invite in Hayward. Last week the Raiders traveled to White Bear Lake, Minn., for an 18-team invitational on Monday, and against some good Twin Cities competition finished seventh. Stillwater won the event with an 18-hole score of 309, beating Wayzata in a tie breaker. Hudson finished at 322, tying Woodbury.
Sweeps RF, Marshfield to stay undefeated The Raider softball team kept its share of first place in the Big Rivers Conference by sweeping River Falls, 8-0 and 10-2, Thursday before winning both games of a nonconference doubleheader at Marshfield Saturday. Hudson improved to 4-0 in the BRC, 9-0 overall, heading into a home doubleheader with Eau Claire North (1-1, 6-2) Thursday.
The Hudson track and field teams' stellar season continued last week as both the boys and the girls took first place at meets in Osceola and River Falls. At the 5-team Osceola Open Tuesday, the Raider boys took first in 11 of the 18 events and finished with 203 points, 94.5 points ahead of second-place Osceola. The girls posted 12 first-place finishes to win the team competition with 177.5, 45 better than the second-place Chieftains.
The Raider girls' soccer team didn't play its best soccer of the season last week, but it was still good enough to come away with a split in a pair of Big Rivers Conference games. The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, 3-2, at River Falls last Tuesday in a battle between the only remaining unbeaten teams in the BRC.
The Raider softball team extended its winning streak to start the season to five straight games with three more road victories last week. The Raiders posted their second straight shutout in a 4-0 victory at Prescott last Tuesday before sweeping Menomonie in their first Big Rivers Conference action of the season, 2-1 and 8-7 on Thursday. Hudson, now 2-0 in the BRC, 5-0 overall, will host River Falls (0-2, 1-3) in a doubleheader Thursday, April 29 beginning at 4 p.m.