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 Hudson River Rats defeated the St. Croix Falls Fighting Bandits, 12-2, Saturday before dropping a 9-7 decision Sunday to the River Falls Fighting Fish in its first two St. Croix Valley Baseball League games of the season over the weekend. One week earlier, the Rats went 2-1 at the Plum City Memorial Day Tournament to capture third place. The Rats, now 3-6 overall, 1-1 in SCVBL play, will continue their league schedule with a pair of home games this weekend -- Saturday, June 6 against the Osceola Braves and Sunday against the Prescott Pirates. Both games start at 1 p.m.
Allie Knutson stepped up when her old team needed her. Now she's preparing to travel halfway around the world to help kids who need her even more. Knutson, a 2004 graduate of Hudson High School and four-year letter winner with the Raider girls' soccer team, took over the head coaching reins at her alma mater when the team's previous coach, Josh Pettit, abruptly resigned in the first week of the season. Knutson has led the Raiders to a 14-5-1 record and a regional championship up to this point.
The Raider boys' tennis team wrapped up a successful season by taking second at last Tuesday's 16-team subsectional tournament in Eau Claire and third at Thursday's 16-team sectional in Stevens Point. Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 52 team points followed by Stevens Point with 43 and Hudson with 27. The Raiders earned a second place finish at No. 2 doubles, third place finishes at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles, and a fourth place finish at No.
Mike Sarno was the only golfer in the field to break 80 and earned medalist honors with a score of 77 to lead the Raider boys' golf team to a first place finish at the WIAA Division 1 New Richmond Regional Tournament last Wednesday. The Raiders' season came to an end Monday when they finished fourth at the Eau Claire Memorial Sectional at Wild Ridge Golf Course.
The Raider softball team defeated River Falls, 5-2, in a WIAA regional semifinal last Tuesday before its season came to an end with a 4-0 loss in the regional final Thursday at Chippewa Falls. The No. 3 seeded Raiders scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed against No. 6 River Falls, but couldn't produce a run in the loss to No. 2 Chippewa Falls. Abby Singerhouse earned the win on the mound against the Wildcats, striking out 11 and walking two while allowing seven hits.
The Raider baseball team saw its chance to share the Big Rivers Conference title evaporate in a 2-0 loss to conference champion Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday, but bounced back to win its final two regular season games and earn a No. 1 seed in this week's WIAA regional tournament. The Raiders were held hitless in their BRC finale against the Old Abes to finish with a conference record of 8-4.
After 100 minutes, nothing had been decided at Saturday's WIAA Division 1 soccer regional final between Hudson and River Falls in Chippewa Falls. The teams, who split two games during the regular season, were tied 2-2 after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 more minutes of two overtime periods.
Hudson will have representatives in 12 individual events and four relays at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 5-6 in La Crosse. The Raider girls will be sending five individuals and two relay teams while the boys qualified six individuals and a pair of relay teams. Hardisha White will compete in both the girls' long jump and triple jump after qualifying in both events at Friday's sectional meet in Wausau.
Hudson High School graduates Betsy Huffman and Lynn Maher will try to help the University of Wisconsin women's rowing team win a national championship when the Badgers compete in the 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships this weekend on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Wisconsin enters the championships after placing fifth at the NCAA Central/South Regional May 16-17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Huffman and Maher led the Badgers' second varsity four boat to a first place finish at the Big Ten Championships May 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
Both the Hudson boys and girls won WIAA regional track and field championships at the regional meet Tuesday evening in River Falls. The Raider girls claimed six regional titles while the boys captured five. The girls will be sending 17 individuals in 13 different events to Friday's sectional meet in Wausau while the boys advanced 20 individuals in 16 events. Hardisha White won two individual titles Tuesday, in the long jump (16-8) and triple jump (35-6.75), while Alicia Bower (119-4) and Jamie Lindstrom (118-3) finished first and second, respectively, in the discus.