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 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.
Both the Raider boys and girls track and field teams continued their strong seasons by taking first at the Old Abe Relays last Tuesday in Eau Claire. The girls finished first or second in every event while the boys posted nine first-place finishes to claim their respective titles. This week Hudson will compete Friday, May 8 at the New Richmond Relays. Last week in Eau Claire, the Raider boys won every relay event except the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200, and added two first-place finishes by Mike Ludgatis in the shot put and discus, and a first from Brody Swenson in the high jump.
Hudson against Eau Claire Memorial. It was a game both Raider and Old Abes' fans had circled on their schedules since early in the season. And even though the two teams will meet again on the last day of the regular season, May 21 in Eau Claire, game No.
The Raider baseball team swept a doubleheader from River Falls last Monday and shut out Rice Lake, 12-0, Thursday to improve to 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. The only blemish on the Raider week came Saturday at Baldwin-Woodville, where they dropped a 2-0 nonconference decision to the Pirates. A day earlier they beat Prescott, 8-3. This week the Raiders, now 7-3 overall and 4-0 in BRC play, will host Chippewa Falls (10-2, 3-1) Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. and travel to South St.
The Raider baseball team kicked off the Big Rivers Conference portion of its schedule on a high note by defeating Menomonie 4-2 Thursday and sweeping a doubleheader against River Falls, 11-4 and 6-1, Monday. The Raiders improved to 4-2 overall, 3-0 in the BRC, heading into Thursday's (April 30) conference clash at Rice Lake.
The Hudson boys track team posted first-place finishes in 17 of 18 events, and the girls set four new school records as the Raiders swept the River Falls Quad Friday in River Falls. Hudson boys posted a team total of 336 points while the girls finished with 289.16. Ellsworth was second in the boys competition with 143 followed by River Falls with 127 and Tartan with 56.
The Raider boys tennis team had a good week last week, posting a nonconference win over Tartan at home last Monday before defeating Big Rivers Conference foe River Falls on the road Thursday. The Raiders improved to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the BRC, and will host perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, April 30 at 4 p.m. at the high school courts. Hudson took a 6-0 decision from Tartan Monday with Ben Duerst's match at No. 4 singles called due to rain. Thursday the No. 2 and No.
Twice at River Falls last Thursday the Raider softball team trailed going into the seventh inning. And twice the Raiders rallied for wins. Hudson came back from a 7-0 deficit in the opener of the doubleheader to win, 10-8, in eight innings. It was the third extra-inning win of the season for the Raiders. In the nightcap, Hudson fell behind 2-0, only to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory. It was the second time this year the Raiders won a game in their final at-bat. Earlier in the week the Raiders posted a 6-1 nonconference victory over Prescott.
Derek Schindler was just looking for something to do when he started wrestling as a fifth grader with Hudson Youth Wrestling. When he reached sixth grade he joined the middle school wrestling team, and this past season as an eighth grader he posted an impressive record of 43-5. But Schindler solidified his position as a future Raider to watch when he took third place at the ASICS USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa April 3-5. The outcome earned him USA Wrestling All-American honors. Schindler wasn't the only Hudson wrestler to compete at the national tournament.