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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It's not easy trying to figure out the race for the Big Rivers Conference girls soccer title this season. Earlier this season, River Falls beat Chippewa Falls, and Hudson beat River Falls, and Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial played to a scoreless tie. Then last Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, the Cardinals handed the Raiders their first loss of the season, 4-0, to further tighten things up. As of Monday of this week, one game separated the top five teams in the conference.
Junior Katy Schulte scored off a corner kick with three minutes remaining in the game to lift Hudson's girls' soccer team to a 4-3 victory over River Falls Thursday night at the middle school field. The Raiders improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big Rivers Conference while River Falls dipped to 2-1, 1-1 in the BRC. The game marked the Raiders' home opener and was the first game the team played on the middle school field. The team will play six of its seven home games this season under the lights at the middle school. Its next home game will be Thursday, April 16, at7 p.m.
To say Keith Anding has been on a roll lately would be a drastic understatement. Anding had a night most bowlers only dream of while competing in the Thursday night men's league at St. Croix Lanes in River Falls last week. He bowled a 300 game, followed by a 269, followed by another 300 game. That's 34 out of 36 strikes. His 869 series is the highest ever recorded in River Falls, breaking the old mark of 842 set by Vince Thomley over a decade ago. His two 300 games were the third and fourth he has rolled this season. His only other perfect game before this year came on Nov. 12, 2002.
Hudson's track and field teams wrapped up the indoor portions of their spring schedules on high notes Saturday with the girls finishing fourth and the boys taking sixth at the prestigious All-American Invitational at UW-River Falls Knowles Center. Sixteen teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota took part in the girls competition while 15 teams competed on the boys side. Earlier in the week, senior Hardisha White broke a 25-year-old school record in the indoor triple jump at a triangular meet against River Falls and Tartan. Both teams are off this week as they make the transition to the outdoor s
The Raider girls soccer team finally got outside for a practice Monday. That gave it three days to prepare for its first game of the season. The Raiders kick off the 2009 campaign Thursday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. at New Richmond. They open Big Rivers Conference play Tuesday, April 7, at Menomonie, and host River Falls under the lights in their home opener Thursday, April 9, at the new middle school field. Head coach Josh Pettit said the players are ready to go. "We have a good mixture of returning and new players," he said.
Both the Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams appeared to be in midseason form at Saturday's Northern Badger Classic in Menomonie. Competing in the 14-team Large Division, the girls finished third while the boys placed fourth at the first indoor meet of the season, hosted by UW-Stout. Both teams competed at the Tartan Indoor meet Tuesday and will take part in the All-American Invitational this weekend at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. The JV portion of the invite will be held Friday beginning at 4 p.m. with the varsity set for Saturday with a 10 a.m.
Hudson seniors Seth Stanchik and Nate Roeder have both been named to the 2008-09 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys Basketball First Team while classmate Ben Gresmer received Honorable Mention. Conference coaches named five players to the first team, five more to the second team and eight for honorable mention. Hudson is the only school to have two players named to the first team. Stanchik, a 6-foot, 4-inch post player, and Roeder, a 5-11 guard, were the top two scorers in the BRC this season while leading the Raiders to the conference championship with a record of 10-2 (15-6 overall).
Hudson forwards Cody Johnson and Taylar Zarfos and defenseman Josh Perron have all received honorable mention to the 2009 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team. It's the second year in a row Johnson and Perron have received all-state honors while Zarfos was named to the team for the first time. All three players are seniors who helped the Raiders to a 15-7-1 record this season and a berth in the sectional final game. Johnson scored 21 goals and added 21 assists to finish with a team-high 42 points.
Hudson senior Jenny Bernsteen came within .017 of earning a medal in her final appearance at the WIAA State Individual Gymnastics Tournament Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. Bernsteen qualified for the state meet on the uneven bars, the floor exercise and the all-around competition and finished seventh on the uneven bars with a score of 8.783. The top six finishers in each event earn medals and a place on the awards podium. The sixth-place finisher on bars -- Emily Schaefer of Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek -- scored 8.8. Bernsteen scored 8.5 in her floor exercise to finish 20th.
The Hudson Raider boys' hockey team couldn't snap Superior's sectional championship string. The Spartans scored the first five goals of the game Saturday in New Richmond on their way to their eighth straight sectional title with an 8-1 victory over Hudson. The Raiders reached the sectional final with a 3-2 win over River Falls Tuesday while the Spartans advanced with a 9-2 win over Menomonie. Superior has now qualified for the WIAA State Hockey Championships in 32 of the tournament's 39 years, including the last eight straight.