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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Next up -- the Big Rivers Conference Championships. That's the immediate focus of the Raider track and field teams after the boys took first and the girls finished second by one point at the New Richmond Relays Friday in New Richmond. The Raiders will host the BRC meet Tuesday, May, 19, at Newton Field with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running events at 4:15. "We would like to invite everyone out to see the girls compete for their fifth straight conference title," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
The Raider boys' tennis team continued its strong play against Big Rivers Conference competition last week with a 7-0 sweep over Chippewa Falls on Thursday. Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a 6-1 nonconference decision to perennial Minnesota powerhouse Woodbury while later in the week they turned in a strong performance at the Old Abe Sweet 16 Tournament hosted by Eau Claire Memorial. This week the Raiders returned to Eau Claire Tuesday, May 12 for their final BRC dual of the season at Eau Claire North, and will compete in the BRC Championship tournament Saturday, May 16 beginning at
The Raider girls' soccer team bounced back from a 1-0 loss to River Falls last Tuesday to shut out Rice Lake, 3-0, at home Thursday night. Friday and Saturday the team traveled to Brookfield for the Al Gusho Tournament, where it dropped a pair of games--3-0 to Brookfield East Friday night and 6-0 to Kettle Moraine Saturday. The Raiders slipped into a tie with Chippewa Falls for first place in the Big Rivers Conference, each at 7-2. The two teams will square off Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
The Raider baseball team improved to 10-3 overall, 5-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, with three more wins last week, including a 4-3 victory over ninth-ranked Chippewa Falls on Thursday. The other Raider wins came against Mahtomedi last Tuesday by a score of 15-5 in five innings, and 6-2 over South St. Paul Friday. "It was a long week for us, but a good week," Raider head coach Ryan Huppert said. "We won three big games against some good competition. Mahtomedi was ranked fifth in the metro ranking starting the week and Chippewa was ranked ninth in the WBCA rankings. South St.
The Raider boys' tennis team went 3-1 last week, defeating three Twin Cities metro teams while losing to perennial Big Rivers Conference powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial. The Raiders will host Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m. before competing in the Old Abe Invite in Eau Claire Saturday, May 9.
The Raider softball team suffered its first two losses of the season Thursday when Rice Lake swept a doubleheader, 7-0 and 3-2, at Grandview Park. Hudson, now 7-2, 4-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, will host Chippewa Falls (8-2, 4-2) Thursday, May 7 and compete in the Robbinsdale Tournament Saturday, May 9. Last Thursday in the first game against Rice Lake, the Warriors scored three unearned runs in the first inning.
Both the Raider boys and girls track and field teams continued their strong seasons by taking first at the Old Abe Relays last Tuesday in Eau Claire. The girls finished first or second in every event while the boys posted nine first-place finishes to claim their respective titles. This week Hudson will compete Friday, May 8 at the New Richmond Relays. Last week in Eau Claire, the Raider boys won every relay event except the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200, and added two first-place finishes by Mike Ludgatis in the shot put and discus, and a first from Brody Swenson in the high jump.
Hudson against Eau Claire Memorial. It was a game both Raider and Old Abes' fans had circled on their schedules since early in the season. And even though the two teams will meet again on the last day of the regular season, May 21 in Eau Claire, game No.
The Raider baseball team swept a doubleheader from River Falls last Monday and shut out Rice Lake, 12-0, Thursday to improve to 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. The only blemish on the Raider week came Saturday at Baldwin-Woodville, where they dropped a 2-0 nonconference decision to the Pirates. A day earlier they beat Prescott, 8-3. This week the Raiders, now 7-3 overall and 4-0 in BRC play, will host Chippewa Falls (10-2, 3-1) Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. and travel to South St.
The Raider baseball team kicked off the Big Rivers Conference portion of its schedule on a high note by defeating Menomonie 4-2 Thursday and sweeping a doubleheader against River Falls, 11-4 and 6-1, Monday. The Raiders improved to 4-2 overall, 3-0 in the BRC, heading into Thursday's (April 30) conference clash at Rice Lake.