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 took a few series, but once Keyser Helterbrand and the Raider offense got rolling their was no stopping them in their season opener against Kenosha Indian Trail Friday, Aug. 17, in Hudson. After punting on their first possession and falling short on fourth down on their second, the Raiders scored on seven of their next eight possessions on their way to a 48-20 victory over the Hawks.
The Raider girls' tennis team had just four days of practice before its first competition of the season Saturday, Aug. 11, in Eau Claire. But you'd never know it by the results. Hudson dropped just two matches all day while going 3-0 at the Eau Claire North Invitational, posting identical 6-1 victories over Altoona and Eau Claire Regis before sweeping Superior, 7-0. First-year head coach John Dahl said he was very pleased with the team's efforts on a very hot day in Eau Claire, especially after such a short first week of practice.
The Raider girls' golf team played its second tournament in two days Wednesday, Aug. 15, and for the second straight day turned in a fourth place finish. Paige Hillman fired a team-low score of 85 to finish fourth overall while Makayla Shilts carded a round of 112. Ali Wefel finished at 116 and Lauren Gertschen had 122 while Courtney Dummer finished with 126.
The Hudson girls' golf team opened the 2018 season with a fourth place finish at the Eau Claire North Invitational at Mill Run Tuesday, Aug. 14. River Falls won the team title with 375 followed by Eau Claire Memorial with 381, Chippewa Falls with 393 and Hudson with 425.
The all-volunteer Hudson Tennis Association just completed its first youth development tennis camp, called the "Little Pro" Tennis Camp, on Saturday, July 28. For eight Saturdays in June and July, the HTA adult volunteers could be found setting up equipment and stations early for the kids, getting ready for them to start at 9 a.m. on the eight tennis courts at Hudson High School.
Local curling enthusiasts, or people interested in learning more about the sport, won't have to drive to St. Paul or Eau Claire anymore with the planned opening of the St. Croix Curling Center in St. Mary's Point this fall. The St. Croix Curling Center will share space at the St. Mary's Point Ice Arena, 2489 Itasca Ave, in Lakeland, Minn. It will be open to all ages and will be the only curling facility located east of St. Paul and west of Eau Claire.
The Hudson 10AAA baseball team wrapped up its season with a second-place finish at the Lake Hallie Tournament the weekend of Aug. 4-5. Team members include, front row from left, Ben Englund, Sam Manchester, Brady Swanson, Myles Howe, and Blake Caruso. Middle row, Cooper Adair, Boz Berg, Sam Abrahamson, Chase Johnson, Spencer Bullis, Jace Mataczynski, and Bergen Aune. In back are coaches Chris Abrahamson, Derek Howe, Jeff Mataczynski. Photo courtesy of Heidi Bullis
The Hudson River Rats will be a No. 4 seed and open the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs against the top-seeded Marshfield Chaparrals of the Dairyland League at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Rib Lake.
The Hudson 14U Grey softball team took first place in the Tier 7 Minnesota State Fastpitch Tournament in Becker July 21-22. Team members include, from left, Sam Tougas, Emma McGrath, Ella Swarbrick, Ava Breault, Rylee Johnson, Audrey MacMenamin, Sammi Hanlon, Zoey Page, and Claire Keech. Missing from photo are Esme Mergendahl and Paige Walz. Photo courtesy of Michele Swarbrick
The Hudson boys U11 C2 soccer team finished second at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association State Tournament in Shakopee July 28. Team members include, front row from left, Blake Hovland, Xavier Island, Keaton Coach, Wyatt Nelson, and Sam Wendell. Back row, coach Riad Youssef, Tate Dillingham, Sam Youssef, Quinn Packard, Cayden Lennox, Charlie Dahl, Nash Freese, and coach Dan Nelson. Not pictured is Henry Vandenbark. Photo courtesy of Tammi Youssef