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' hockey team will face a stiff test right off the bat when it opens the 2009-10 season Thursday night, Dec. 3 at home against three-time defending Big Rivers Conference champs Eau Claire Memorial. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at John Gornick Memorial Arena. The Raiders lost nine players from last year's team that reached the sectional final game and finished with a record of 15-7-1, but head coach Mike Stoskopf said he's confident the returning group can compete with anyone. "The strength of our team is work ethic and speed," he said.
The Raider girls' basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit to cut Superior's lead to six with under a minute remaining, but the comeback effort came up just short and the Spartans escaped with a 61-53 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at the high school. Superior led 45-29 at the end of the third quarter before the Raiders outscored the Spartans 24-16 in the final eight minutes.
A week isn't a very long time to prepare for a season. But that's what Raider girls' basketball coach Beth Graskewicz and her squad face as they prepare for their season opener Friday afternoon (Nov. 27) against Superior. The Raiders and the rest of the WIAA girls' teams opened practice last Wednesday. With the first two days devoted to tryouts, that leaves barely a week to get ready for the season. "We're not looking to have everything done by Friday," Graskewicz said before Saturday morning's practice.
Collectively, the Raider football team produced one of the best seasons in school history, winning its first-ever Big Rivers Conference championship and advancing to the second round of the WIAA State Playoffs. Individually, the players are now being recognized with a host of post-season awards. Sixteen Raiders have been named to 2009 All-Big Rivers Conference teams and three earned Wisconsin Football Coaches Association West Central All-Region and WFCA All-State honors while head coach Adam Kowles was named the BRC Coach of the Year. "It was a great year for Hudson football, not only becau
Saturday was a special day for me and my wife. It was the first time we ever went to a football game and rooted for the same team. My wife, you see, is a Minnesota Viking fan. And even though I grew up in New Jersey I have always been a Green Bay Packer fan. But for whatever reason (just another in the long list of things I don't understand about my wife), she's also Wisconsin Badger fan. Being married to a Viking fan can be a challenge.
Hudson senior David Nettleton was named the 2009 Big Rivers Conference Boys' Soccer Player of the Year, headlining a group of 10 Raiders named to the All-BRC Soccer Team. Nettleton, along with fellow seniors Mackenzie Lund and Nick Lund, were named to the All-BRC First Team, while seniors John Tjornehoj, Lars Bichrt and Jimmy Setzer were named to the second team and seniors Noah Harmon and Ben Markowski, junior Chris Berglund and freshman Andy Harmon received honorable mention.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up its season with a seventh place finish at the 15-team WIAA Division 1 sectional meet over the weekend in Hudson. The Raiders finished with a total of 176 points, just seven points behind sixth place Holmen. Wausau East won the team title with 330. While no Raiders qualified for this weekend's state swimming and diving championships in Madison, head coach Kelly Hackbarth said they had a great end to the season. "The girls did very well," she said.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team took second at the seven-team Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday in Chippewa Falls. Eau Claire Memorial won the conference title with 573 points followed by Hudson with 402 and River Falls with 380. The Raiders will host a WIAA Division 1 sectional this weekend at the middle school pool. Diving competition will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 with swimming set for 1 p.mn. Saturday, Nov.
Four nights after the Hudson football team got off to a great start in its 21-6 WIAA Level 1 playoff victory over Wisconsin Rapids, the Raiders found themselves in a scoreless slugfest through most of the first half in Stevens Point. Unlike Tuesday, however, Stevens Point scored the first touchdown of the game Saturday, then used the momentum to add two third quarter touchdowns on its way to ending the Raiders' season with a 28-8 Level 2 playoff victory. Stevens Point improved to 11-0 with the win and moves on to face top-seed and undefeated Appleton North in a state quarterfinal game Saturd
Hudson's boys posted the second best team finish in school history by placing fifth out of 20 teams at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Senior Rachel Zachar, in her third state meet, finished her high school career with a 110th place finish in the girls' race. The Raider boys finished with a team score of 185 to earn fifth place in the final Division 1 team standings.