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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My dad died two years ago, just two days before Father's Day. I'm not telling you that to evoke sympathy or pity. I just wanted to get it out of the way in case you were wondering where I was going with this. Last Friday night I was getting ready to hit the sack when I decided to take one more spin through the TV channels. I'm bad that way.
The Hudson River Rats couldn't take advantage of six New Richmond errors, and the Millers went on to a 10-6 victory over the Rats Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park. The loss gave Hudson a split in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play last week, coming two days after the Rats posted a 3-1 victory over the Menomonie Eagles. Hudson, now 3-2 in SCVBL play, 6-6 overall, will face the River Falls Fighting Fish (5-3, 6-8) Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled as a home game for the River Rats but has been moved to River Falls with a 1 p.m. start.
Davis Drewiske, the former Hudson multi-sport standout who overcame a broken neck to win a national championship with the University of Wisconsin hockey team and play professional hockey with the Los Angeles Kings, had a simple message for the middle school and high school coaches at the Hudson Golf Club last Wednesday. "I came here to say thank you," he said. "I had a lot of great coaches here." Drewiske returned to Hudson to speak to the coaches and their families at an end-of-the year spaghetti dinner hosted by first-year athletic director Stephanie DeVos.
Eau Claire Memorial scored two goals in the first 17 minutes of the game, then held off a relentless Raider attack to escape with a 2-0 win in a WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday afternoon in Hudson. The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 14-6-1. Eau Claire Memorial, which improved to 12-6-4, moved on to the sectional final where it dropped a 4-0 decision to Wausau East Saturday in Eau Claire. "I would say Memorial definitely came out stronger than us at the start of the game and earned two goals early," Raider head coach Allie Knutson said.
Hudson defeated Chippewa Falls 10-0 in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday morning in Eau Claire before dropping the championship game, 13-9, to Eau Claire North later in the day. With the win, the Huskies improved to 19-4 and advanced to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament in Grand Chute next week while the Raiders end their season with a record of 21-8. Hudson scored the only run it would need in the sectional semifinal in the first inning when Taylar Zarfos doubled and scored on a single by Chase Graskewicz. Tyler Dierke went on to pitch a four-hit shutout in the five inning win.
Hudson's girls' 4 X 100 meter relay team brought home a fourth place medal, and senior Alicia Bower capped her high school career by earning a sixth place medal at the 2009 WIAA Track and Field Championships over the weekend in La Crosse. The Raider boys didn't bring home any hardware, but with 13 athletes -- many of them underclassmen -- competing in eight events at the state meet, they showed a glimpse of good things to come in the future. "What a fabulous way to end a great 'rebuilding' year," Raider girls' coach Jami Holum said.
Ryan Dau of Hudson is one of just seven players from Wisconsin chosen to represent the Central District of USA Hockey at the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp and Festival June 26-July 2 in Rochester, N.Y. Dau, a sophomore on the 2008-09 Raider hockey team, was also a member of Team Wisconsin that reached the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey U16 National Championships in St. Louis in April.
The Hudson River Rats defeated the St. Croix Falls Fighting Bandits, 12-2, Saturday before dropping a 9-7 decision Sunday to the River Falls Fighting Fish in its first two St. Croix Valley Baseball League games of the season over the weekend. One week earlier, the Rats went 2-1 at the Plum City Memorial Day Tournament to capture third place. The Rats, now 3-6 overall, 1-1 in SCVBL play, will continue their league schedule with a pair of home games this weekend -- Saturday, June 6 against the Osceola Braves and Sunday against the Prescott Pirates. Both games start at 1 p.m.
Allie Knutson stepped up when her old team needed her. Now she's preparing to travel halfway around the world to help kids who need her even more. Knutson, a 2004 graduate of Hudson High School and four-year letter winner with the Raider girls' soccer team, took over the head coaching reins at her alma mater when the team's previous coach, Josh Pettit, abruptly resigned in the first week of the season. Knutson has led the Raiders to a 14-5-1 record and a regional championship up to this point.
The Raider boys' tennis team wrapped up a successful season by taking second at last Tuesday's 16-team subsectional tournament in Eau Claire and third at Thursday's 16-team sectional in Stevens Point. Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 52 team points followed by Stevens Point with 43 and Hudson with 27. The Raiders earned a second place finish at No. 2 doubles, third place finishes at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles, and a fourth place finish at No.