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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After 100 minutes, nothing had been decided at Saturday's WIAA Division 1 soccer regional final between Hudson and River Falls in Chippewa Falls. The teams, who split two games during the regular season, were tied 2-2 after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 more minutes of two overtime periods.
Hudson will have representatives in 12 individual events and four relays at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 5-6 in La Crosse. The Raider girls will be sending five individuals and two relay teams while the boys qualified six individuals and a pair of relay teams. Hardisha White will compete in both the girls' long jump and triple jump after qualifying in both events at Friday's sectional meet in Wausau.
Hudson High School graduates Betsy Huffman and Lynn Maher will try to help the University of Wisconsin women's rowing team win a national championship when the Badgers compete in the 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships this weekend on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Wisconsin enters the championships after placing fifth at the NCAA Central/South Regional May 16-17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Huffman and Maher led the Badgers' second varsity four boat to a first place finish at the Big Ten Championships May 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
Both the Hudson boys and girls won WIAA regional track and field championships at the regional meet Tuesday evening in River Falls. The Raider girls claimed six regional titles while the boys captured five. The girls will be sending 17 individuals in 13 different events to Friday's sectional meet in Wausau while the boys advanced 20 individuals in 16 events. Hardisha White won two individual titles Tuesday, in the long jump (16-8) and triple jump (35-6.75), while Alicia Bower (119-4) and Jamie Lindstrom (118-3) finished first and second, respectively, in the discus.
Ashley Iverson's second half goal gave the Raider girls' soccer team a 1-1 double overtime tie with Eau Claire Memorial Thursday in Eau Claire. The tie helped the Raiders earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WIAA regional tournament. They will host No. 7 Superior Thursday, May 28 at the middle school at 5 p.m. The winner will face either No. 3 River Falls or No.
The Raider boys' golf team tied Eau Claire Memorial for second place at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Friday to leave them three points behind the Old Abes in the final conference standings. Chippewa Falls was the surprise winner Friday at Princeton Valley Golf Course in Menomonie, leading all teams with a total score of 320 to earn 14 points in the final conference standings. Hudson, which trailed Eau Claire Memorial by three points heading into the tournament, tied the Old Abes with 325 and each team picked up 11 conference points, leaving Eau Claire Memorial at the top of the final
The Raider boys' tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a dual record of 11-2 after defeating New Richmond, 6-1, Thursday. The Raiders competed at the WIAA Division 1 subsectional Tuesday in Eau Claire. Qualifiers will move on to the sectional tournament Thursday in Stevens Point. "I am very proud of what this team has been able to accomplish this season," head coach Jon Hilding said. "The seniors on this team need to be congratulated.
Ari Schultz combined for three hits, including a homer and four RBI in both games and Maddie Karras had three hits and drove in four runs in the nightcap as the Raider softball team swept a doubleheader from Eau Claire Memorial, 6-1 and 9-6, last Tuesday in Eau Claire. Abby Singerhouse limited Eau Claire Memorial to four hits and helped herself with a pair of hits and an RBI in the opener.
The Raider baseball team dropped a crucial game at Chippewa Falls Thursday but remains in the hunt for at least a share of the Big Rivers Conference title. Thanks to Eau Claire North beating conference leading Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, the door is still open for the Raiders (16-6 overall, 8-3 BRC), who face the Old Abes this week in Eau Claire. "If we win, we'll at least share the conference with Memorial and possible North if they beat River Falls Thursday," Hudson head coach Ryan Huppert said.
The Raider girls soccer team won two of its three matches last week, but the one that got away was a 2-0 loss to Chippewa Falls that leaves the Raiders a half game behind the first-place Cardinals in the Big Rivers Conference standings. Hudson, 8-3 in the BRC, will wrap up the regular season Thursday, May 21 at Eau Claire Memorial (5-3-2), while the Cardinals (8-2) have two games remaining -- Tuesday at home against Eau Claire Memorial and Thursday at Menomonie (0-10). While Hudson will need some help in its bid for the BRC title, Raider head coach Allie Knutson said the team would welcome a