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 boys' swimming and diving team opened the season with a Big Rivers Conference dual meet at Eau Claire Memorial Thursday and a fourth-place finish at its own Raider Invitational on Saturday. Hudson finished with 263 points at Saturday's eight-team invite to take fourth behind Eau Claire (570.5), Eagan (454.5) and Minneapolis Southwest/Washburn (291). Thursday the Raiders dropped a 130-79 decision to Eau Claire Memorial. Charlie Skinner had a pair of second place finishes at Saturday's home invite while Jay Skinner had a second and a third.
Jordan Vitek had 20 points and Eric Schmechel scored 19 as the Raider boys' basketball team bounced back from a season-opening loss at New Richmond to post a 60-40 Big Rivers Conference win over Menomonie Friday, Dec. 11 at the high school gym. The Raiders, now 1-1 overall, 1-0 in the BRC, will visit River Falls (3-1, 0-1) Friday night, Dec. 18 and will make up last Tuesday's cancelled game against Eau Claire Memorial (3-1, 0-0) Saturday night, Dec. 19 at home. Tuesday, Dec. 22, they host Stillwater, Minn.
Menomonie put 31 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter against Hudson Friday night on its way to a 67-39 victory over the Raiders in a Big Rivers Conference girls' basketball game in Menomonie. Hudson trailed 31-8 at the end of one and despite holding the Indians to single digit scoring in two of the remaining three quarters, couldn't overcome the big early deficit. "Menomonie came at us from the beginning," Raider head coach Beth Graskewicz said. "My thought was, we would go about three to four minutes with our man-to-man, then switch to a 3-2 high (zone) to slow them down.
The Hudson High School girls' hockey team continued its winning ways with three victories in five days last week, as six different skaters scored goals. The Raiders have opened the season with six victories and lead the Big Rivers Conference with a 3-0 record.
Eau Claire Memorial scored five unanswered goals Thursday night to hand the Raider boys hockey team a 6-1 setback in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams at John Gornick Arena. Three of the Old Abes' six goals were shorthanded while another came on a power play.
The Raider girls' basketball team kicked off the Big Rivers Conference of its 2009-10 schedule in style with a big road win at Eau Claire Memorial Friday night. Hudson jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead and held the Old Abes to single-digit scoring in each quarter on its way to a 45-25 victory. Saturday night the Raiders dropped their second nonconference game of the season, 44-42 at Osceola. They return to BRC action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 11, at Menomonie before another nonconference game at home against Red Wing on Tuesday, Dec.
A young team playing its first game of the season in a hostile environment. That's what the Raider boys' basketball team faced in its season opener at New Richmond Friday night, a 56-42 loss to the Tigers. Head coach Jason Swavely said it was a typical first game for a young team trying to find itself. "I think going into the season we weren't sure what we were going to have," he said. "After Friday night, we have a starting point for what to work on. "We're a young team," he added. "Right now we're trying to find a rotation and where guys fit in and develop an identity.
The Hudson boys' basketball team will rely on a host of new faces to defend its Big Rivers Conference title from a year ago. Eight players, including first team All-BRC pick Seth Stanchik and honorable mention selection Ben Gresmer, have graduated from last year's squad that finished 15-6 overall, 10-2 in the BRC. Jordan Vitek is the most experienced of the three seniors back for the 2009-10 season.
The Raider boys' hockey team will face a stiff test right off the bat when it opens the 2009-10 season Thursday night, Dec. 3 at home against three-time defending Big Rivers Conference champs Eau Claire Memorial. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at John Gornick Memorial Arena. The Raiders lost nine players from last year's team that reached the sectional final game and finished with a record of 15-7-1, but head coach Mike Stoskopf said he's confident the returning group can compete with anyone. "The strength of our team is work ethic and speed," he said.
The Raider girls' basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit to cut Superior's lead to six with under a minute remaining, but the comeback effort came up just short and the Spartans escaped with a 61-53 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at the high school. Superior led 45-29 at the end of the third quarter before the Raiders outscored the Spartans 24-16 in the final eight minutes.