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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Julia Johnson won the conference title at No. 1 singles and Nicole Buechler, Morgan Karras and Morgan Van Allen all finished second in their respective flights to lead the Raider girls' tennis team to a second place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Tournament Saturday at Eau Claire North. Johnson defeated Eau Claire Memorial's Kaitlyn Israel 7-6, 6-3, in the title match at No. 1 singles to earn the conference championship. "We've had some pretty solid teams here over the years, but I've never had a conference champion at No. 1 singles," Raider coach Dave Dahl said.
Hudson's top four players all finished in the top eight at the Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Thursday to help the Raiders clinch the BRC title with a one-stroke victory over Eau Claire Memorial at Hillcrest Country Club in Eau Claire. It's the third straight conference championship for the Raiders, who shared the title the last two years with River Falls. This year, Hudson picked up 10 tournament points after entering tourney play with 22 to lock up the championship outright with a total of 32 points.
It wasn't the Raider football team's best game of the season, but Hudson made the big plays when it needed to and came away with a 21-12 road win at Dairy State Bank Field in Rice Lake Friday night to improve to 2-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, 4-1 overall. The Raiders will visit River Falls to battle for the Little Brown Jug this Friday night, Oct. 2.
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.