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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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
The Raider softball team took a break from Big Rivers Conference action last week by winning two of three nonconference games to improve to 10-5 overall. Playing three games in two days, the Raiders beat New Richmond, 8-2, Friday before splitting a doubleheader Saturday with Marshfield, winning the first game 13-5 before losing the nightcap, 6-5. The Raiders wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader at Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday.
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