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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Nearly 90 youngsters from western Wisconsin and as far away as Leawood, Kansas, took part in the annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Saturday during the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp at UW-River Falls. Boys and girls ages 8-13 competed in eight age groups with trophies awarded to the top three performers in each division.
The Hudson River Rats received the No. 2 seed in the Chippewa Falls bracket of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs and will open up postseason play against the Bayside Vipers Saturday, August 8 at 9 a.m. at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The third-seeded Vipers finished the season with a record of 16-9, 8-4 in the Upper 13 League based out of Superior. The River Rats improved to 19-9 overall with a pair of victories last week in tune-ups for the upcoming playoffs.
The Hudson River Rats won their final two St. Croix Valley Baseball League games to finish the regular season tied with River Falls for the top spot in the North Division of the SCVBL with a league mark of 12-4, but River Falls' season sweep over the Rats gave the Fighting Fish the division title. Both teams earned berths in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs, which get under way Aug. 7. Pairings and sites will be released Wednesday.
Former Hudson High School and University of Wisconsin Badger Kraig Urbik leaves this week for his first NFL summer training camp in Latrobe, Pa. But before leaving, he helped the Hudson High School coaching staff and players instruct a group of youth in grades 4-8 last week at Hudson's eighth annual ABC Football Camp at the high school's south field. "I'm close with coaches (Neil) Hatfield, (Ryan) Jamison and (Adam) Kowles, and they asked me so I said I'd be happy to stop by and help out," Urbik said. "The coaches are doing most of the work.
Former Hudson Raider Seth Stanchik and former River Falls Wildcat Levi Johnson both played key roles for the large school North team at the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Classic Saturday in Oshkosh. Stanchik, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound defensive lineman, forced and recovered a fumble while Johnson, a 5-7, 165-pound running back, ran the ball four times for 40 yards and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The Hudson River Rats split a pair of games last week, but maintained their hold on first place in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. The Rats ensured a berth in next month's Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs with a 7-3 victory Friday night at Osceola. Sunday they saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end by dropping an 8-6 decision at St. Croix Falls. The split leaves Hudson (10-4, 15-9) with a half-game lead over River Falls (9-4, 14-11) in the North Division of the SCVBL with two league games remaining.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team will ride a three-game winning streak into the postseason after picking up two more victories last week. Hudson manhandled Prescott, 11-1, in six innings last Wednesday and held on for a 9-7 victory Thursday at Ellsworth to finish the regular season with a record of 11-1. They open the Legion playoffs Wednesday, July 22 (tonight) at 7 p.m. at Chippewa Falls. "It's always nice to head into postseason play with a big victory under your belt," Hudson coach Dan Pavlue said after Thursday's win over Ellsworth.
I ended a long term relationship earlier this year. One that, on some days made me feel like I was on top of the world, and on others made me miserable, and ashamed to go home to my wife. It was a typical love-hate relationship. One that gripped me so tightly I thought I could never let go. One that I poured my heart and soul into, but in the end realized wasn't worth all the passion and hard work I put into it. I quit playing golf. I never intended to get so serious about it. As a youth I could care less.
Christian Sanda, age 11, of Hudson, broke three meet records to bring home three gold medals from the 2009 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in Reno, Nev., over the 4th of July weekend. Sanda, competing in the Pre-Midget Division, won the 100 meter dash in 13.61 seconds, the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 2.5 inches, and the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 2 inches. All three marks are new AAU West Coast Junior Olympic records in the Pre-Midget Division and earned Sanda a spot at the AAU Junior Olympics National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, July 27 - Aug.
The Hudson River Rats won three more games last week to run their winning streak to a team-record nine in a row and move into sole possession of first place in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League's North Division. The Rats defeated Osceola, 5-3, last Monday, Ellsworth, 16-4, Friday and Menomonie, 4-3, Saturday. They return to Osceola Friday night, July 17 for a 7:30 p.m. start at Oakey Park and wrap up divisional play Sunday afternoon, July 19 at St. Croix Falls. Last week's three victories upped the Rats' record to 9-3 in SCVBL play, 14-8 overall.