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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Hudson reached the finals in six of seven positions at the 2009 Big Rivers Conference Tennis Tournament Saturday on its way to a second-place tournament finish and second place in the final team standings. Eau Claire Memorial won the tourney title with 40 points to clinch the BRC championship while the Raiders sealed second place with 29 tournament points. Eau Claire North finished third, River Falls and Menomonie tied for fourth and Chippewa Falls finished sixth. Hudson had representatives in the finals at all four singles positions and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The No.
After opening last week with a 5-3 loss to Eau Claire Memorial, the Raider baseball team reeled off four straight victories, including two Big Rivers Conference wins, to keep them in contention for a conference title. Monday Hudson split a doubleheader at Eau Claire North to move to 8-2 in BRC play, 15-5 overall. Eau Claire Memorial sits in first place at 9-1 (16-4 overall). The Raiders remaining conference games are Thursday, May 21 at Chippewa Falls (5-5, 12-6) and Tuesday, May 26, at Eau Claire Memorial.
Hardisha White and Mike Ludgatis each won two events and the Raider boys and girls track and field teams combined for 12 individual titles on their way to sweeping the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday evening at Newton Field. It's the fifth straight BRC championship for the Hudson girls' and the third overall, and first since 2003, for the Raider boys. Both teams won in decisive fashion with the girls piling up 172 points and the boys 194.5.
It was a busy week for the Raider softball team, which played seven games in five days and came out victorious in three. The wins included an 8-7 victory over Eau Claire North in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, and two wins at the Robbinsdale Tournament on Saturday. Hudson defeated De La Salle 6-4 and New Richmond 1-0 while losing to Burnsville 11-2.
Next up -- the Big Rivers Conference Championships. That's the immediate focus of the Raider track and field teams after the boys took first and the girls finished second by one point at the New Richmond Relays Friday in New Richmond. The Raiders will host the BRC meet Tuesday, May, 19, at Newton Field with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running events at 4:15. "We would like to invite everyone out to see the girls compete for their fifth straight conference title," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
The Raider boys' tennis team continued its strong play against Big Rivers Conference competition last week with a 7-0 sweep over Chippewa Falls on Thursday. Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a 6-1 nonconference decision to perennial Minnesota powerhouse Woodbury while later in the week they turned in a strong performance at the Old Abe Sweet 16 Tournament hosted by Eau Claire Memorial. This week the Raiders returned to Eau Claire Tuesday, May 12 for their final BRC dual of the season at Eau Claire North, and will compete in the BRC Championship tournament Saturday, May 16 beginning at
The Raider girls' soccer team bounced back from a 1-0 loss to River Falls last Tuesday to shut out Rice Lake, 3-0, at home Thursday night. Friday and Saturday the team traveled to Brookfield for the Al Gusho Tournament, where it dropped a pair of games--3-0 to Brookfield East Friday night and 6-0 to Kettle Moraine Saturday. The Raiders slipped into a tie with Chippewa Falls for first place in the Big Rivers Conference, each at 7-2. The two teams will square off Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
The Raider baseball team improved to 10-3 overall, 5-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, with three more wins last week, including a 4-3 victory over ninth-ranked Chippewa Falls on Thursday. The other Raider wins came against Mahtomedi last Tuesday by a score of 15-5 in five innings, and 6-2 over South St. Paul Friday. "It was a long week for us, but a good week," Raider head coach Ryan Huppert said. "We won three big games against some good competition. Mahtomedi was ranked fifth in the metro ranking starting the week and Chippewa was ranked ninth in the WBCA rankings. South St.
The Raider boys' tennis team went 3-1 last week, defeating three Twin Cities metro teams while losing to perennial Big Rivers Conference powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial. The Raiders will host Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m. before competing in the Old Abe Invite in Eau Claire Saturday, May 9.
The Raider softball team suffered its first two losses of the season Thursday when Rice Lake swept a doubleheader, 7-0 and 3-2, at Grandview Park. Hudson, now 7-2, 4-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, will host Chippewa Falls (8-2, 4-2) Thursday, May 7 and compete in the Robbinsdale Tournament Saturday, May 9. Last Thursday in the first game against Rice Lake, the Warriors scored three unearned runs in the first inning.