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 good news last week was the Raider volleyball team finished the season undefeated in the high school's newly renovated gym. The bad news is their season ended two nights later in Stevens Point. The seventh-seeded Raiders swept No. 10 D.C. Everest in three close sets, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal match at home Thursday night, Oct. 18, before losing a three-set decision at No. 2 Stevens Point, 25-14, 25-17, 25-10 in the regional final Saturday, Oct. 20. Hudson ended the season with a record of 20-15.
There will be a full contingent of Hudson Raiders at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Rapids. Hudson's boys' qualified for the fourth straight year and 19th time in program history by winning the Division 1 sectional last Saturday, Oct. 20, in Menomonie, while the girls punched their second straight ticket to state with a sectional runner-up finish.
Hudson and Appleton North combined for 947 yards and 45 first downs, but Appleton North accounted for 589 of those yards, including 250 on the ground in the second half, to defeat the Raiders 55-19 in a WIAA Division 1 first-round playoff game Friday night, Oct. 19, in Appleton.
The Hudson High School volleyball team opened the WIAA playoffs with a three-set sweep of D.C. Everest in a Division 1 regional semifinal match Thursday, Oct. 18, in Hudson. The seventh-seeded Raiders defeated the tenth-seeded Evergreens by scores of 25-14, 25-23, 25-23. Hudson moves on to face Stevens Point in the regional finals Saturday, Oct. 20, in Stevens Point. The second-seeded Panthers received a bye in the semifinals.
The Hudson girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up Big Rivers Conference dual meet competition with a perfect 6-0 record with a 104-82 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in the regular season finale Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Eau Claire. The Raiders can lock up their fifth BRC title in six years at the BRC Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Menomonie. Hudson won four straight conference titles from 2013-16 before Eau Claire Memorial won it in 2017.
Four Hudson runners finished in the top five in the boys' race and a fifth placed 11th as the Raiders captured their fourth straight Big Rivers Conference title at the BRC Championships Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls. Hudson's girls came up short of defending their BRC title with a third place team finish. Tony Weeks led the Raiders boys' with a second place time of 16 minutes, 18.2 seconds, just five seconds behind individual champion Zak Sather of Eau Claire Memorial.
The Hudson Raiders blanked Superior, 5-0, and the River Falls Wildcats got by Menomonie, 2-1, in WIAA regional boys’ soccer play Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The Saint Patrick School seventh and eighth grade volleyball team took first place at the Transfiguration Volleyball Tournament in Oakdale Saturday, Oct. 13. Team members include, front row from left, Alyssa Miller, Abby Winkels, Lauren Piepel, Leah Mitchell, and Grace Cook. Back row, Leah Jacobi, Lauren Goulette, Anna Walters, Estelle Siwik, Abby Emmerling. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Jacobi
The Hudson girls' swimming and diving team's depth was on full display at the 9-team Simley Invitational Saturday Oct. 20, with the Raiders getting multiple scorers in 10 of meet's 12 events to capture the team title. The Raiders finished with a total of 484.5 points while Woodbury took second with 451.5. Simley was a distant third with 299. Reagan Cicha won two individual titles, Ella Stein earned one, and the Raiders took first in two of the three relays to outdistance Woodbury.
Koehler tallies hat trick at Lawrence Junior Maggie Koehler netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Lawrence University Wednesday, Oct. 10, but the UW-River Falls women's soccer team came up scoreless in a WIAC match at UW-La Crosse Saturday, Oct. 13. Koehler scored the only goal of the first half to stake the Falcons to a 1-0 lead Wednesday in Appleton and added goals in the 51st and 76th minute to increase her season total to eight, two behind team-leader Camryn Altnau. Jadelyn Hunn added a goal in the 89th minute to make the final 4-0.