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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Sophomore Rachel Ball swept the distance races, junior Bailee Dierks won the 100 meter hurdles and the Hudson girls won three of the four relay events on their way to a sectional title at the WIAA Division 1 Track and Field Sectional at D.C. Everest High School Thursday, May 24. Ball and Dierks headline a group of 15 Raider girls who qualified for state in 11 different events. Hudson won the sectional title with a total of 138 points while Stevens Point was a distant second with 87.
Hudson freshman Bennett Swavely earned medalist honors and River Falls had three players in the top ten as the Wildcats finished second and the Raiders placed third at the 8-team WIAA Division 1 Boys' Golf Regional at Troy Burne Tuesday, May 22.
After advancing all ten players out of Monday's subsectional, the Hudson boys' tennis team finished runner-up to Eau Claire Memorial at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Wednesday, May 23, in Eau Claire. Eau Claire Memorial claimed the team title with 54 points while the Raiders were second with 42. La Crosse Central was a distant third with 27. “When you have 16 pretty good teams from two sections of the state and Hudson finishes just behind Memorial and 15 points ahead of the next team, that's pretty good,” Raider coach John Knutson said.
Hudson teammates Bennett Swavely and Charley Chase each shot four over-par rounds of 76 to share medalist honors but it wasn't enough to catch Eau Claire Memorial as the Old Abes edged the Raiders by four strokes to clinch their second straight conference championship at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, May 17, at the River Falls Golf Club.
The WIAA has released postseason seedings for its softball tournament series and it features No. 4 seed Hudson hosting No. 13 River Falls in a Division 1 first round regional game Wednesday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at Grandview Park. Hudson takes a record of 13-4 into the postseason while River Falls is 2-13. The Raiders swept a doubleheader from the Wildcats, 10-0 and 12-0, in their Big Rivers Conference finale May 15.
Katie Cardell threw a pair of shutouts and Hudson hit six home runs while sweeping River Falls, 10-0 and 12-0, in the Big Rivers Conference softball finale for both teams Tuesday, May 15, at Grandview Park. Game one started and ended with Hudson home runs as Colleen Halverson hit a leadoff bomb in the bottom of the first and Hannah Stich drilled a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the ten-run mercy rule. In between Megan Iverson hit a solo shot in the second.
Bailee Dierks swept the hurdle races for the Hudson girls and Jared Creen was a double winner for the River Falls boys' to lead their respective teams to conference titles at the 2018 Big Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday, May 15, in Menomonie. The Raider girls won a total of seven events on their way to compiling 173 points while River Falls was second with 141. River Falls' boys took the team title with 149 while Eau Claire North was second with 126. Hudson placed sixth with 78.5.
Hudson Volleyball Association will hold its annual meeting Sunday, June 3. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Arrow Wall Panels (behind ABC Lumber Yard), 576 Hermes Road in Hudson.
The Hudson Raiders Shooting team brought home some hardware last month after shooting in the Black River Falls Invitational Tournament, which consisted of 100 rounds of trapshooting and 100 rounds of sporting clays.
The Hudson 13AAA baseball team took third place at its home Hudson Raider Classic Tournament May 5-6. Team members include, in front from left, Wyatt Gavin, Matt Miller and Jackson Maalis. Middle row, Ryan Benzer, Ethan Petersen, Preston Martineau, Jack Lloyd, Eli Baker and Nick Logan. Back row, Ryan Rambo, Owen Olson, Jackson O'Brien and Eli Rambo. The team is coached by Dan Martineau, Tim Rambo, Scott Baker and Paul Olson. Photo courtesy of Mandy Gavin