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 volleyball team battled illness most of last week and ended up placing sixth at the Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday in River Falls. "Which isn't too bad considering we only had one night of practice with more than seven girls leading up to Saturday," head coach Dennis Saathoff pointed out. The sixth place tournament finish came after the Raiders were awarded the third seed in the WIAA regionals that begin this week. Hudson will host No. 6 Superior Thursday (Oct. 22) at 7 p.m. at the high school. The winner will face either No. 2 Eau Claire North or No.
Senior Julia Johnson's high school tennis career ended Thursday with a loss to Lauren Piotrowski of Greendale in the first round of the WIAA State Girls Tennis Championships in Madison. Piotrowski defeated Johnson 6-4, 6-4, in a match that featured a number of momentum swings and a bizarre scoring ruling. Johnson jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first set only to see that slip away. In the second set, with Johnson up 3-2 and Piotrowski serving at 30-40 in the sixth game, Johnson took the next point for what she thought was a 4-2 set lead.
Raider sophomore Cassie Wurm carded a two-day total of 178 to finish in a tie for 38th place at the WIAA Girls State Golf Championships last Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Wurm was tied for 30th after the first day with a score of 87. She finished with a 91 Tuesday. Wurm qualified for her second straight trip to the state tournament by shooting an 81 at the Eau Claire North Sectional Oct. 7 at Mill Run.
The Raider boys' cross country team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships by taking first at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Saturday, Oct. 10 in Eau Claire. Jacob Ball took home the individual title to lead the boys to a first place score of 42, eight points ahead of second place D.C. Everest.
The Raider volleyball team will look to get healthy and back on the winning track at the Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 17 in River Falls. The Raiders were swept by Chippewa Falls in their final conference dual match of the season last Tuesday before taking sixth at the 12-team Mora, Minn. Invitational Saturday with a depleted roster due to illness. Last Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals leaves the Raiders with a BRC mark of 3-3 heading into Saturday's tournament.
Hudson senior defensive lineman Chas Larson had a simple answer for how his team held the Big Rivers Conference's highest scoring team -- Menomonie - to just six points Thursday night. "They hadn't played the best defense in the conference yet," he stated. Menomonie entered the game averaging 31 points in its previous three outings, but the Raiders held the Indians to 85 rushing yards and nine first downs while dominating the line of scrimmage on their way to a 20-6 victory.
Hudson's boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a dominant 5-1 win over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday to finish with a record of 12-3-3 overall, 9-1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, and secure the No. 2 seed in the 16-team WIAA sectional playoffs which began this week. The Raiders hosted No. 15 Menomonie Tuesday. The Raiders defeated Menomonie in that contest by a score of 12-0. The win Tuesday will pit Hudson against No. 7 Wausau West at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at home. The sectional semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, Oct.
Hudson sophomore Cassie Wurm carded an 87 on the first day of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championships Monday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison and entered Tuesday's round tied for 30th place. Frigid temperatures both days pushed the start time back three hours with a shotgun start. It was the first shotgun start in the 37-year history of the girls' state golf tournament. Wurm earned her second straight trip to state by shooting 81 at Thursday's sectional tournament at Mill Run Golf Course in Eau Claire.
The Raider girls' tennis team had a strong showing at Thursday's WIAA Division 1 sectional in Marshfield but came up just short in its bid to qualify for the state team tournament. Senior Julia Johnson did, however, earn a return trip to this week's state individual tournament at the No. 1 singles position. Johnson, 23-2 this season, will face three-time state qualifier Lauren Piotrowski (14-5) of Greendale in the first round Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Morgan Van Allen won the sectional title at No.
The Hudson boys' cross country team continued to shine last week by claiming first place in the 11-team Chippewa Falls Invitational at Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls. The Raider boys, paced by Jacob Ball's winning time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, took first with a team score of 38 points while the Hudson girls finished fifth with 118.