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 Hudson Raiders Shooting Club (HRSC) invites students grades 5-12 to an informational meeting at the Hudson Rod & Gun Club (285 Krattley Lane, North Hudson) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. By joining the HRSC, kids are provided the opportunity to participate in the fun and challenging shooting sports of trap, skeet and sporting clays. For those who are dedicated to honing their skills, the HRSC can provide them a pathway to the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team.
Hudson scored three goals in each of the three periods while holding Somerset to just six shots on goal the entire game as the Raiders defeated the Spartans, 9-0, in a WIAA Section 1 boys hockey regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, at Gornick Arena. Top-seeded Hudson will host No. 4 Baldwin-Woodville in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The Blackhawks defeated fifth-seed Amery, 3-2, Thursday night to advance.
UW-La Crosse sophomore Sawyer Massie of Hudson was named the John Peterson Wrestler of the Meet after winning the 174-pound division at the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships Friday, Feb. 9, in Whitewater.
Dylan Anderson felt bad when his roommate and good friend, Owen Webster, went down with a knee injury in November. But he's filled in admirably for Webster since as the 184-pound starter on the University of Minnesota wrestling team.
The Raider girls hockey team tuned up for the WIAA playoffs by beating a pair of ranked teams over the weekend, topping the 10th-ranked Warbirds (Beaver Dam co-op) 6-2 Friday, Feb. 9 and No. 7 Wisconsin Valley Union (Stevens Point co-op), 6-0, Saturday, Feb. 10. Hudson will take a record of 22-2-0 and the No. 1 ranking in the state into a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Gornick Arena against either fourth-seeded Hayward or the No. 5 Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset co-op). The sectional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, in Hudson.
Six Hudson athletes qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships after the Raiders placed second at the 10-team Division 1 sectional meet in Stevens Point Saturday, Feb. 10. Junior Erik Small, sophomores Alex Weaver, Ethan Crim and John Cooper Ramthun, and freshmen Steven Asmus and Ethan Hanson will all represent Hudson at the state meet this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.
After winning its first 21 games, the top-ranked Raider boys hockey team went 1-1-1 in its final three games of the regular season to take a record of 22-1-1 into the playoffs. Hudson's only win of the week came in a 3-0 shutout over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Feb. 8, that clinched the Raiders third straight Big Rivers Conference championship. Two nights earlier they played to a 2-2 tie with third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial at Hobbs Ice Arena before losing their first game of the season to eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 3-2, Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The Raider wrestling team is making a habit out of reaching the team sectional. Hudson won its fourth straight team regional title Saturday, Feb. 10, in New Richmond to qualify for the team sectional for the 11th time in the last 14 years. The fifth-ranked Raiders faced No. 7 Marshfield Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Marshfield for a berth in the state team tournament March 2-3 in Madison. Hudson will be trying for its fourth straight team sectional title.
There's no hotter girls basketball team in the Big Rivers Conference right now than Hudson. The Raiders won two more games last week to extend their winning streak to 10 straight and put themselves in a position to earn at least a share of the BRC championship for the second straight season.
Keyser Helterbrand and Jacob Daulton combined for 53 points but the rest of the Raiders scored just seven in a 70-60 Big Rivers Conference loss at Menomonie Friday, Feb. 9. It was the second straight BRC win for the Mustangs after losing their first nine conference games. Hudson slipped to 4-6 in BRC play, 8-11 overall, heading into a home game against Rice Lake (6-4, 13-5) Thursday, Feb. 15.