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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There was plenty of hype surrounding Thursday night's Big Rivers Conference showdown between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial, and the game lived up to expectations. Both teams entered the contest undefeated with BRC records of 5-0-1, with the tie coming in the teams' first meeting this season back on Aug. 25 when each team netted one goal.
The Raider boys cross country team placed first and the girls took fourth at the six-team Menomonie Relays Saturday in Menomonie. Jacob Ball and Matt Rudquist took the top two spots in the boys' competition to help the Raiders to a first place total meet time of 88 minutes, 18 seconds. Ball took first in 16 minutes, 46 seconds and Rudquist was second in 16:56. Katie Wetzstein captured first place overall in the girls' competition with a time of 19:33.
The Raider volleyball team capped off an up and down week on a high note by taking first at its pw 8-team invitational on Saturday. Earlier in the week the Raiders pulled out a 3-1 Big Rivers Conference win Tuesday at home against Menomonie before being swept, 3-0, in nonconference action Thursday at Ellsworth. Saturday the team returned home and went 4-0, beating Prescott, Ladysmith and Superior in pool play before wrapping up the Hudson Invitational title with a 25-11, 25-16 win over Somerset. "This was probably the best match we have played this season," Raider head coach Dennis Saathoff
The Raiders football team found out Friday night in Superior just how tough the Big Rivers Conference will be this season when the Spartans came up with a big defensive stand late in the game and held on to defeat the Raiders, 14-7, at Ole Haugsrud Field. The loss was the first of the season for Hudson after nonconference wins over Wisconsin Rapids and Somerset. Superior won for the first time after close losses to state powers Stevens Point and D.C. Everest. Hudson will host Chippewa Falls 2-1 overall, 1-0 BRC, for Homecoming Friday night, Sept. 18 at Newton Field.
The Raider girls' tennis team rolled over Rice Lake in its only match of the week last Tuesday, wining all seven matchups in straight sets to post a 7-0 victory. "This is a match where we were looking for a shutout and the girls went out and got it," Hudson head coach Dave Dahl said. "Rice Lake showed some life early in many of the matches, but we settled in and took care of things." Julia Johnson improved to 20-2 on the season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles while Nicole Buechler's 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles upped her record to 16-4. Morgan Karras won 6-2, 6-0 at the No.
Hudson swam to first place finishes in all three individual freestyle events but Big Rivers Conference powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial won every other event to defeat the Raiders, 120-66 Thursday in Eau Claire. Emily Bedford won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 5.66 seconds and Lindsey Bedford won the 500 yard free in 5:34.75 while Catie Weese took first in the 100 free in 58.71 seconds to account for the Raider victories.
The Raider soccer team finished a busy seven days of action with a record of 3-1-1, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins to stay on top of the conference standings. Hudson defeated Eau Claire North, 3-1, last Tuesday at home and blanked Chippewa Falls, 5-0, Thursday to remain in first place in the BRC with a record of 5-0-1, two points ahead of 4-0-1 Eau Claire Memorial. First place will be on the line when the Raiders and Old Abes square off Thursday, Sept. 17 in Hudson at 7 p.m. at the middle school field. The two teams tied, 1-1, in the BRC opener Aug.
Cassie Wurm fired a 9-hole score of 42 to earn medalist honors but no other Raider golfer broke 50 and the team finished third at a 5-team Big Rivers Conference mini-meet Thursday at the River Falls Golf Club. Wurm won by two strokes over River Falls' Alyssa Casey, but the Wildcats had four players score in the 40s and won the team competition with a total score of 186.
Menomonie juggled its lineup in an attempt to upset the Raider tennis team last Tuesday, but Hudson's Nicole Buechler and Morgan Karras spoiled the Indians' plans and helped lift Hudson to a 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory. The Raiders picked up their second BRC win of the week Thursday in River Falls by a score of 6-1. Hudson hosted Rice Lake Tuesday, Sept. 8 before traveling to Eau Claire North next Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Huskies defeated the Raiders, 5-2, two weeks ago at the Green Bay Southwest Tournament. "Overall, we're making good progress," Hudson coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raider cross country teams ran against a tough field at the Marshfield Columbus Invitational Saturday and came away with strong showings as the girls placed second and the boys third in the eight-school Division 1 competition. A total of 30 teams in three divisions competed at the invite. Hudson's girls finished with 53 points to trail only first-place Whitefish Bay's total of 24 in Division 1. Marshfield finished third with 67. "The girls' team ran an excellent race," Raider coach Don Krupa said.