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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Former Hudson and Wisconsin Badger offensive lineman Kraig Urbik signed a three-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers last week, according to the team's Web site. Financial terms were not released. Urbik, the first of three third-round picks by the Steelers and the 79th selection overall in the 2009 draft, is expected to compete with starter Darnell Stapleton and backup Trai Essex at right guard when the Steelers report to training camp July 31 in Latrobe, Penn. With Urbik's signing, the Steelers have locked up eight of their nine draft choices.
I get a lot of jokes e-mailed to me, and lately my inbox has been filling up with jokes at Brett Favre's expense. Here's a sampling: --Brett Favre has reportedly been sending X-rays to the Minnesota Vikings. It seems like an unnecessary gesture since everyone can already see right through him. --Brett Favre has told friends that he plans to play for the Vikings. Given the way Favre burned the Packers and the Jets, we thought he already WAS a Viking. --Brett Favre is currently selling his 2007 Ford F-150 truck on eBay. Or maybe he isn't. Wait, no no, he is.
It's only fitting that the River Rats would spoil Ellsworth's Cheese Curd fest. The Rats hit eight home runs in three games and outscored their opponents 37-5 on their way to a first-place finish at the Ellsworth Hubbers' annual baseball tournament, which is held in conjunction with the community's Cheese Curd Fest each year. Jason Bast accounted for four of the Rats' home runs, including two in one inning against River Falls in the championship game.
While many kids look to summer for a break from school-related activities, nearly 200 Hudson High School student-athletes are spending 11 weeks of their summer looking to get better in their respective sports. The students, both male and female and representing all sports in all grades, are showing up five days a week at the middle school and high school for sessions that combine weight training and strength and conditioning drills in an effort to compete at a higher level. While it's not uncommon for individual sports to hold summer workouts, Hudson athletic director Stephanie DeVos said th
Tyler Dierke, Chase Graskewicz and Kory Koller led a group of seven Raiders named to 2009 All-Big Rivers Conference baseball teams. Al three players were named to the first team while Jeff Schmitz, Cory Larson, Andy Edholm and Taylar Zarfos received honorable mention. In addition, Dierke and Graskewicz were both named to the first All-District Team and Koller was named to the second team.
The Hudson River Rats have had more splits than an embryo the last few weekends. For the fourth straight weekend, the Rats have walked away with a 1-1 record in a pair of St. Croix Valley Baseball League games, leaving them with a mark of 4-3 in SCVBL play (6-8 overall) heading into this weekend's Ellsworth Tournament. Hudson will open tourney play Friday at 6 p.m.
My dad died two years ago, just two days before Father's Day. I'm not telling you that to evoke sympathy or pity. I just wanted to get it out of the way in case you were wondering where I was going with this. Last Friday night I was getting ready to hit the sack when I decided to take one more spin through the TV channels. I'm bad that way.
The Hudson River Rats couldn't take advantage of six New Richmond errors, and the Millers went on to a 10-6 victory over the Rats Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park. The loss gave Hudson a split in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play last week, coming two days after the Rats posted a 3-1 victory over the Menomonie Eagles. Hudson, now 3-2 in SCVBL play, 6-6 overall, will face the River Falls Fighting Fish (5-3, 6-8) Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled as a home game for the River Rats but has been moved to River Falls with a 1 p.m. start.
Davis Drewiske, the former Hudson multi-sport standout who overcame a broken neck to win a national championship with the University of Wisconsin hockey team and play professional hockey with the Los Angeles Kings, had a simple message for the middle school and high school coaches at the Hudson Golf Club last Wednesday. "I came here to say thank you," he said. "I had a lot of great coaches here." Drewiske returned to Hudson to speak to the coaches and their families at an end-of-the year spaghetti dinner hosted by first-year athletic director Stephanie DeVos.
Eau Claire Memorial scored two goals in the first 17 minutes of the game, then held off a relentless Raider attack to escape with a 2-0 win in a WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday afternoon in Hudson. The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 14-6-1. Eau Claire Memorial, which improved to 12-6-4, moved on to the sectional final where it dropped a 4-0 decision to Wausau East Saturday in Eau Claire. "I would say Memorial definitely came out stronger than us at the start of the game and earned two goals early," Raider head coach Allie Knutson said.