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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Wisconsin's nine-day regular gun deer season opened last Saturday, Nov. 18, but 10 year-old Britta Holter of Hudson got a jump on things when she bagged her first deer, this 7-point buck, during the state youth hunt Oct. 7. Photo courtesy of Todd Holter
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams christened Page Arena with victories in their first regular season games in their new home Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Falcon men led wire-to-wire in an 85-73 win over Central College in the first game of the doubleheader while the women completed the sweep with a 58-52 win over Carleton College. Senior Brennan Witt recorded a double-double in the men's win with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Falcons in double figures in scoring.
Sophomore Ella Stein placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke to highlight Hudson's contingent at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Saturday, Nov. 11. Stein touched the wall in 1 minute, 3.48 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, just 1.31 seconds behind two-time state champ Grace Bennin of Verona and two-tenths of a second ahead of third place finisher Ally Silvestri of Middleton.
Twice injuries have robbed Griff Christenson of his senior season of football — first in 2011 at Hudson High School and again in 2016 at UW-River Falls. But last Saturday, Nov. 11, Christenson was finally able to end a senior season on his own terms as a graduate student at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore.
Junior libero Olivia Goulette and senior co-captain Julia Bennett have been named to 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference volleyball teams by the conference coaches. Goulette earned a spot on the All-BRC second team while Bennett received honorable mention. It was the first postseason honors for both players.
The Hudson High School girls varsity and JV tennis players, along with family members gathered for one last time in the Hudson Middle School Cafeteria for their annual Post Season Tennis Banquet Sunday, Oct. 29. With almost 100 people at the event, JV head coach Julia Johnson, assistant varsity coach Kari Lewis, and varsity head coach John Knutson recapped the year and gave out awards.
UW-River Falls, the defending regular-season and tournament champion, has been selected to win the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) men's basketball title, based on a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The Falcons, who are ranked No. 10 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25, bring back three starters from a squad that claimed the 14th regular-season crown and second tournament title in program history. UW-River Falls also made its third NCAA championship showing.
Sophomore Ella Stein broke her own school record in the 100 yard breaststroke and Hudson's 200 medley relay team of Reagan Cicha, Stein, Taylor Cicha and Rachel Baker broke a 24-year old school record to highlight the Raiders' third place team finish at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming Sectional Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool. Stein won the sectional title in the 100 yard breastroke with a new school record time of 1 minute, 4.5 seconds and finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.21 to qualify for this weekend's WIAA State Championships in both events.
For the first time since 2006 Hudson's boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the WIAA State Championship Meet in the same season, and despite the cold, windy conditions, both finished in the top half of their respective 20-team fields. The Raider girls placed sixth and the boys finished ninth in the 105th running of the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School has hosted the state meet for the past 30 years.
Hudson's girls swimming and diving team posted five first place finishes and had 12 top three finishes on its way to clinching its fourth straight Big Rivers Conference Championship at the BRC Meet Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eau Claire North High School. The Raiders went undefeated in BRC duals this year before finishing 117.5 points ahead of their nearest competitor at the conference meet to claim the undisputed BRC championship.