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 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.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The Hudson Raiders boys cross-country team finished fifth against 19 competitors in the WIAA Division 1 team Cross Country State Championships held Saturday at The Ridges golf course in Wisconsin Rapids. Senior Jacob Ball paced the Division 1 Raiders, finishing 15th in the field with 16 minutes, 29 seconds. Outrunning the Hudson boys to take first place was Brookfield Central, followed by Marquette University High, Stevens Point and Neenah. In a 6 p.m.
The Raider football team scored on its first two possessions of the game and the defense did the rest in a 21-6 first round playoff victory over Wisconsin Rapids Tuesday night at Newton Field. Hudson (9-1) moves on to face Stevens Point (10-0), 52-27 winners over Oshkosh West Tuesday, in a second round game Saturday (Oct. 31) in Stevens Point. Tuesday against Wisconsin Rapids, quarterback Beau Hommes capped the Raiders' opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to give Hudson a 7-0 lead.
Jacob Ball, Ryan Kromer and Matt Rudquist all finished in the top ten to lead the Raiders boys' cross country team to a first place finish at the La Crosse Logan sectional Saturday in La Crosse. The sectional title gives the Raiders a berth in the WIAA State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Oct.
The Raider volleyball team was tripped up by Eau Claire North in Saturday's WIAA regional final, falling in three sets to put an end to its season. Hudson advanced to the final with a three set win over Superior in Thursday's semifinal. "All in all, we had a very nice season with dedicated fan support right up to the end," head coach Dennis Saathoff said. The Raiders opened postseason play with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-10 win over Superior Thursday at the high school gym.
The Raider soccer team was dealt a blow before Saturday's sectional final game against Eau Claire Memorial when senior midfielder Mackenzie Lund was forced to miss the game with the flu. Things didn't get any easier when junior midfielder JC Tantalean and sophomore defender Ian Hey went down with injuries in the first half. Despite the setbacks, the second-seeded Raiders gave top-seed Eau Claire Memorial all it could handle before coming out on the short end of a 2-1 score at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls.
The Hudson Raider football team will host Wisconsin Rapids Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 Level 1 playoff game. The Raiders (6-1 BRC, 8-1 overall) clinched their first conference championship in 27 years with a convincing 35-3 victory over Eau Claire Memorial Thursday night at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The conference title is the first ever for Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference. The last championship came in 1982 when the Raiders competed in the Middle Border Conference.
Hudson jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter against Eau Claire North and cruised to a 34-14 win Friday night at Newton Field to maintain its hold on first place in the Big Rivers Conference. The Raiders can lock up at least a share of their first BRC title by defeating Eau Claire Memorial Thursday night (Otc. 22) in Eau Claire. Hudson (5-1 BRC, 7-1 overall) and Menomonie (5-1, 6-2) enter the final game of the season tied for the conference lead. The Raiders defeated the Indians 20-6 Oct. 8.