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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Raider junior Olivia Dunlap qualified for the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament for the second straight year after finishing fifth in the all-around at last Saturday's sectional meet in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders finished fourth in the sectional team standings with a total score of 133.95. Eau Claire, who won with 141.475, and runner-up Chippewa Falls, with 137.375, both qualified for this Saturday's state team competition. Dunlap will compete at the state individual tournament Friday, March 1, beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Raider senior defenseman Daniel Tripicchio is one of eight finalists for the American Family Insurance/Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year award. All eight finalists will be honored, and the winner announced, at the POTY/State Tournament banquet in Madison, Wednesday, Feb. 27, the night before the WIAA State Tournament quarterfinals. Tripicchio is the first Hudson player to be named a WHCA Player of the Year finalists since Davis Drewiske, who won the award in 2003. Watch the Star-Observer web site for more information on this story.
The Raider boys' hockey team avenged a regular season loss to Somerset in a WIAA sectional semifinal last Tuesday, but couldn't pull off a repeat performance in the sectional final Friday night (Feb.
Hudson had three place-winners for just the second time in history at the WIAA State Individual Tournament over the weekend, with seniors Dima Hawksford and Derek Schindler, and junior Eliot Motu all finishing fifth in their respective weight classes. Along with senior Austin Koski, the Raiders combined to win 12 matches at the state tournament, the most in team history. "It was a great weekend," Raider coach Chris Hansen said.
The Raider girls' hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 7-2 loss to the WSFLG Blizzard in a WIAA regional final last Thursday night in Grantsburg. The third-seeded Blizzard (Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg) advanced to the sectional semifinals against the St. Croix Valley Fusion, while Hudson's season came to an end with a record of 6-13-1. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the first period, thanks to a goal by Raider junior Sydney Squires, but the Blizzard scored four times in the second period to open up a commanding 5-1 lead.
The Raider girls' basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak and finished off a season sweep of River Falls with a 60-44 victory over the Wildcats last Friday night in River Falls. The Raiders led from the opening tip-off, opening up an 18-11 first quarter lead and never looking back while moving a game ahead of Menomonie into fifth place in the Big Rivers Conference standings. "The girls really needed this one and I couldn't be happier for them," head coach Joe Behnke said. "It was nice to see all their hard work get rewarded tonight.
After posting their third straight Big Rivers Conference victory with a 52-40 win at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, the Raider boys' basketball team squandered a 13-point halftime lead and fell to River Falls, 52-43, Friday in Hudson. The split leaves the Raiders with a final regular season record of 8-14 overall, 5-7 in BRC play, heading into this Friday night's (Feb. 22) WIAA regional semifinal in Marshfield. The Raiders, the No. 6 seed in the bracket, face the third-seeded Tigers (12-10) at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to take on either No. 2 D.C. Everest (15-7) or No.
Hudson came home with one top ten finish from the 89th annual WIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last Saturday in Madison as the Raiders' 200 yard freestyle team tied for ninth place with a time of 1 minute, 30.06 seconds. Juniors August Jorgensen, Miles Townsend, Sawyer Arndt and Willie Skinner came in one-hundredth of a second faster than the team from Appleton North/East to tie Sheboygan South for ninth place. Madison Memorial won the race with a time of 1:25.29. The same four Raiders also finished 19th in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:21.55.
The Raider wrestling team turned in one of its best days ever at last Saturday's Marshfield Sectional, getting four individuals through to the state tournament, putting seven wrestlers on the awards podium, and scoring the second most sectional points in team history. "We had a great day," head coach Chris Hansen said.
Michael Hommes had a goal and an assist and Josh Mattis stopped all 27 shots he faced to lead Hudson to a 3-0 victory over Somerset in a WIAA boys sectional semifinal game Tuesday night in Somerset. The third-seeded Raiders (19-5-0) advanced to this Friday's sectional final game against top-seeded Superior (16-8-1) with a berth in next week's WIAA State Tournament on the line. Superior moved on with a 4-1 victory over No.