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' tennis team had a strong showing at Thursday's WIAA Division 1 sectional in Marshfield but came up just short in its bid to qualify for the state team tournament. Senior Julia Johnson did, however, earn a return trip to this week's state individual tournament at the No. 1 singles position. Johnson, 23-2 this season, will face three-time state qualifier Lauren Piotrowski (14-5) of Greendale in the first round Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Morgan Van Allen won the sectional title at No.
The Hudson boys' cross country team continued to shine last week by claiming first place in the 11-team Chippewa Falls Invitational at Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls. The Raider boys, paced by Jacob Ball's winning time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, took first with a team score of 38 points while the Hudson girls finished fifth with 118.
Hudson's girls' swimming and diving team mixed up its lineup Thursday night, and the result was a resounding 124-46 Big Rivers Conference victory over Rice Lake at the middle school pool. "Although the girls swam various events they are not used to swimming, they did a fantastic job racing to finish with a win," Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said. The Raiders swept the top three spots in three different events.
All four Raider singles players advanced to sectionals by winning their matches at the WIAA Division 1 girls' tennis subsectional Monday in Menomonie. Sectionals will be held today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) in Marshfield. Julia Johnson, Nicole Buechler, Morgan Karras and Morgan Van Allen all went undefeated Monday to advance. In doubles play, Hanna Naegeli and Whitney Thiesen at No. 2, and Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg at No. 3, won their opening matches but lost their second to fall short.
Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Cassie Wurm fired an 88, and four of the Raiders' five players broke 100 as the Hudson girls golf team ran away with the WIAA Division 1 New Richmond Regional championship last Wednesday in New Richmond. Hudson's team score of 371 was 17 strokes lower than second-place New Richmond. River Falls placed third with 389 while Eau Claire Memorial took fourth with 392.
There's never a lack of drama when Hudson and River Falls meet on the football field in the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug. Friday night's game in River Falls was no exception, as the Raiders came back from a 6-0 halftime deficit to win on a 9-yard touchdown run by Beau Hommes on the first possession of overtime. Defensive back Mike Bennett broke up a Wildcat pass on fourth down on the ensuing possession, and the celebration was on as the Raiders reclaimed possession of the Little Brown Jug for the first time in three years. "It was definitely an exciting game," Raider head coach Ad
After a slow start in its only match last week, the Raider volleyball team stormed back to win the last three sets and defeat Rice Lake, 3-2, last Tuesday at the high school. Hudson dropped the first two sets, 20-25 and 21-25, before coming from behind to win the third set, 25-23. They took the fourth set by a score of 25-17, then after being down 7-9 in the fifth and final set, made a run at the end to win, 15-12. "The girls started slowly, as evidenced by the first two set scores," head coach Dennis Saathoff said.
Julia Johnson won the conference title at No. 1 singles and Nicole Buechler, Morgan Karras and Morgan Van Allen all finished second in their respective flights to lead the Raider girls' tennis team to a second place finish at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Tournament Saturday at Eau Claire North. Johnson defeated Eau Claire Memorial's Kaitlyn Israel 7-6, 6-3, in the title match at No. 1 singles to earn the conference championship. "We've had some pretty solid teams here over the years, but I've never had a conference champion at No. 1 singles," Raider coach Dave Dahl said.
Hudson's top four players all finished in the top eight at the Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Thursday to help the Raiders clinch the BRC title with a one-stroke victory over Eau Claire Memorial at Hillcrest Country Club in Eau Claire. It's the third straight conference championship for the Raiders, who shared the title the last two years with River Falls. This year, Hudson picked up 10 tournament points after entering tourney play with 22 to lock up the championship outright with a total of 32 points.
It wasn't the Raider football team's best game of the season, but Hudson made the big plays when it needed to and came away with a 21-12 road win at Dairy State Bank Field in Rice Lake Friday night to improve to 2-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, 4-1 overall. The Raiders will visit River Falls to battle for the Little Brown Jug this Friday night, Oct. 2.