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 cross country teams tuned up for Saturday's huge Roy Griak Invitational in St.
Every point counted for the Raider girls' swimming and diving team Thursday in its Big Rivers Conference dual meet at River Falls. The Raiders won eight of the evening's 12 events, but the score remained close throughout the meet. In the final event of the night, the team of Ebonee Townsend, Kayla Lorenz, Megan Haney and Ronni Schoenherr picked up two crucial points in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4 minutes, 12.32 seconds.
Mitch Patrick said his son Garret's decision to leave Hudson to play for the Chadders AAA Midget Major hockey team in Salt Lake City, Utah, this season was a tough one. "It's bittersweet for him," Mitch said. "He grew up here and he has lots of friends here.
The Raider girls' tennis team lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision at Eau Claire North last Tuesday before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory Thursday at home against Chippewa Falls. The split leaves the Raiders in third place in the Big Rivers Conference standings heading into Saturday's BRC Tournament at Eau Claire North. "It will take a great day, but we still have a chance to move up in the standings," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raider volleyball team waged a hard-fought battle over Big Rivers Conference rival River Falls last Tuesday before winning three of four matches to place second at the Northwestern Tournament Saturday in Maple. Hudson's runner-up finish at Maple was up three spots from their finish at the same tournament last year. The Raiders hosted Rice Lake Tuesday night before having the rest of the week off. They return to action Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Eau Claire North and host Baldwin-Woodville Thursday, Oct.
Hudson's football team gave the Raider faithful plenty of reasons to celebrate homecoming Friday night at Newton Field. The Raiders defeated two-time Big Rivers Conference champion Chippewa Falls, 19-14, in front of a packed house at Newton Field, picking up their first BRC win of the season in the process and snapping the Cardinals 17-game conference winning streak dating back to 2006. "I'm so excited right now," senior co-captain Beau Hommes said after the Raiders' first win over the Cardinals since 2003.
Hudson's girls swimming and diving team took two of the top three spots in nine of the night's 12 events, including eight first place finishes, to defeat Menomonie 111-75 in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet Thursday at the high school pool. "Being that Menomonie is a conference team and a very worthy opponent, I am very elated with this win," Raider head coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "We had spectacular finishes and some great races that often ended with our girls on top." Sophomore Catie Weese won two events; the 50-yard freestyle in 26.86 seconds and the 100 free in 57.75.
The Raider girls' golf team will head into Thursday's (Sept.
There was plenty of hype surrounding Thursday night's Big Rivers Conference showdown between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial, and the game lived up to expectations. Both teams entered the contest undefeated with BRC records of 5-0-1, with the tie coming in the teams' first meeting this season back on Aug. 25 when each team netted one goal.
The Raider boys cross country team placed first and the girls took fourth at the six-team Menomonie Relays Saturday in Menomonie. Jacob Ball and Matt Rudquist took the top two spots in the boys' competition to help the Raiders to a first place total meet time of 88 minutes, 18 seconds. Ball took first in 16 minutes, 46 seconds and Rudquist was second in 16:56. Katie Wetzstein captured first place overall in the girls' competition with a time of 19:33.