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 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.
The Raider softball team is off to a 4-0 start to the season, including a doubleheader sweep over Big Rivers Conference foe Menomonie. The Raiders opened the season with a 6-0 win over Como Park last Monday before sweeping the Indians, 4-3, and 7-4 Tuesday. Monday they posted a 2-1, nonconference win over Baldwin-Woodville in nine innings. Last Tuesday at home against Menomonie, Hudson won the first game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out hit by Betsie Ferguson.
The Raider boys' tennis team won its third straight dual match of the season in impressive fashion Thursday afternoon by defeating Menomonie, 6-1, in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams at the high school courts. Earlier in the week the Raiders rolled to a 7-0 nonconference victory over Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday. After hosting Tartan in a nonconference match Monday, April 20, the Raiders will return to BRC action at River Falls Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
After going 2-2 in four nonconference games to start the season, Hudson baseball coach Ryan Huppert deemed the Raiders ready for Thursday's Big Rivers Conference opener against Menomonie. "We've played a tough nonconference schedule so far, which will only help us as we move forward," he said after the team's latest contest, a 5-3 victory over Red Wing last Tuesday. "All four games have been close, and those are the games we need to experience and play in to help us as we get into conference games and beyond. We still have plenty of improvement to do, all around.
The Hudson boys' golf team made a statement at the 20-team Wisconsin Dells Invitational over the weekend by taking first place in a field that included several strong Madison-area schools. The Raiders posted 18-hole scores of 317 Friday and 298 Saturday to finish with a two-day total of 615. Holmen finished second while Madison Memorial was third. Day one at Trappers Turn was a beautiful day for golf as the team finished the day in fourth place. Hudson was led by Hunter Satterfield's 77, Jake Miller's 78, and 81's by Mike Sarno and Luke Burbach.
If the annual Hudson True Team Track and Field Invitational is a test of how deep a team truly is, both the Raider boys' and girls' teams passed with flying colors this year. Both Raider teams blew away their competition Friday at Newton Field, winning by nearly 200 points. The Raider girls' posted a total of 867.5 while the boys finished with 816. The closest girls' team to Hudson was Red Wing with 694 while the second place boys' team was Osceola with 626.5. "There wasn't any real standout," Raider boys' coach Tom Klatt said.
That collective buzz you hear around town is the excitement brewing over the Raider girls' soccer team. The squad improved to 6-0 last week with a pair of 6-0 wins, sandwiched around a 5-1 victory over Eau Claire North. All three wins came on the road. Last Tuesday's shutout win at Rice Lake and Thursday's win at Eau Claire North boosted the Raiders' record to 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. The team traveled to Chippewa Falls Tuesday for its fourth straight road game and has a week off before hosting Eau Claire Memorial April 28, at 7 p.m.