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 volleyball team opened its season last week by going 2-1 Tuesday at the Hudson Quad before dropping its Big Rivers Conference opener at Eau Claire Memorial, 3-1, Thursday. Hudson will travel to Ellsworth for a nonconference match Thursday, Sept. 10 before hosting the Raider Invitational Saturday, Sept.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team kicked off its season at home against Minnesota powerhouse Cretin-Derham Hall Thursday and had a strong showing, losing by a score of 111-74. "I believe our swimmers and divers more than held their own," Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "We had many quality swims, which included some personal best times. Also, most of our divers have already completed their 6 and even 11 dive lists, adding extremely to the success of our team." The Raiders posted three first-place finishes of the night.
When Dr. David Florence was a youngster, he spent 14 months in a Cleveland hospital. An avid sports fan even then, the Akron, Ohio, native spent most of that time listening to Cleveland Indians baseball games on the radio. "This was before antibiotics," he said. "I was sick and couldn't get out of bed and my whole life centered around the Indians. It was the only thing I had to live for." Florence remembers listening the day Indians' future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller threw a wild pitch into the stands that hit his own mother.
Hudson's boys ran to a first-place finish and the Raider girls finished sixth in the first cross country meet of the season at the Husky Invitational in Eau Claire Saturday. Senior Jacob Ball finished second and junior Matt Rudquist was third to lead the Raiders to a first-place team total of 75 points in the 14-team boys' portion of the race. Sophomore Katie Wetzstein took second as the Raiders finished with 138 points in the 13-team girls' field. Hudson's boys were followed by La Crosse Central with 83, La Crosse Loga, 93, and Holmen, 115.
The scoreboard and clock at Newton Field never worked during Friday night's Raider football team's season opener against Wisconsin Rapids, and that was just fine with Hudson head coach Adam Kowles. "That's kind of how we want to play," Kowles said.
The defending Big Rivers Conference champion Raider boys' soccer team opened the 2009 season by playing to a 1-1 tie at Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday before blanking Menomonie, 5-0, on the road Thursday. After hosting River Falls Tuesday night, Sept. 1, the Raiders will visit Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 3 and host Eastview (Minn.) in a nonconference game Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. Last Tuesday at Eau Claire Memorial, Hudson salvaged a 1-1 tie when Nick Lund sent a second half cross to Chris Berglund, and Berglund redirected a header into the net.
The Hudson High School girls' golf team has posted a pair of firsts and a pair of second-place finishes in its first four tournaments of the season. The Raiders won the Husky Invitational, hosted by Eau Claire North at Wild Ridge Golf Course Aug. 17 and the Big Rivers Conference-Mississippi Valley Conference Challenge last Wednesday at Drugan's Castle Mound in La Crosse. In between they took second at the New Richmond Invite Aug.
The Raider volleyball team opens the season this week, led by four returning lettwerwinners and a host of new faces looking to fill the void left by the graduation of eight seniors from last year's squad. The Raiders hosted the Hudson Quad on Tuesday and will jump right into Big Rivers Conference competition Thursday (Sept. 3) when they visit Eau Claire Memorial. They host Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 8, visit Ellsworth Thursday, Sept. 10, and host the Raider Invitational on Saturday, Sept.
The Raiders girls' tennis team won 18 of 21 matches Saturday (August 29) on its way to a 3-0 record at the Menomonie Quad. Earlier in the week the Raiders went 1-2 at the rain-shortened Green Bay Southwest Super 16 Tournament last Monday and Tuesday, and dropped their Big Rivers Conference opener to Eau Claire Memorial, 4-3, on Thursday. Hudson will resume BRC play Thursday, Sept. 3 at River Falls at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
Raider head football coach Adam Kowles said his team may look different to fans this season. One reason is the Raiders only return four starters on both sides of the line. But don't expect any wholesale changes to the way the team plays the game. "To fans, we're going to look a lot different offensively, but we're really not going to be that different. We'll just have some different wrinkles on the same scheme," he said. "We're going to do some things sideline to sideline. We're going to use a lot of different guys in a lot of different ways.