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 Trinity Academy Warriors cross country team had a great showing in their second meet of the season last Friday, Sept. 15, at King of Kings Lutheran School in Roseville, Minn. Jenna Kurth won the girls fourth grade race, Julianne Kurth won the girls 5-6 grade race, Joe Stigler won the boys fourth grade race, and Ben Land won the boys 7-8 grade race. One day earlier Ted Land was fifth in the boys 6-8 grade race at the Hudson Middle School Meet in Hudson. The Warriors will compete in the St. Paul's Lutheran meet in Prior Lake this Friday, Sept. 22.
The Hudson High School girls golf team will host the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Tournament at Troy Burne Thursday, Sept. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. The Raiders enter tournament play in fifth place in the conference standings after the final two regular season matches of the season last week. They finished fourth at Tanglewood Greens in Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 12, with a score of 195 and placed sixth at Turtleback Golf Club in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 14, with 207.
Hudson High School's seniors celebrated a 24-0 win over the junior class in the school's annual Homecoming Powder Puff football game at Newton Field Tuesday, Sept. 19. Homecoming festivities continue with the Homecoming Parade in downtown Hudson Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Homecoming Coronation will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. at Hudson High School's new Raider Stadium followed by the Raider football game against Rice Lake at 7 p.m.
Hudson's girls tennis team may have lost the war to Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Sept 14, but it won a few battles. In a clash between the only two undefeated teams in the Big Rivers Conference, the seven-time defending conference champion Old Abes went home with a 5-2 victory, but Hudson coach John Knutson said he was proud of his team for winning two of the three doubles matches. "I was very, very happy," Knutson said.
After playing five matches in three days the week before, the Raider volleyball team took the court just once last week but came away with a three-set victory over Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, Sept. 12, for their sixth straight win of the season. The victory moved the Raiders' record to 13-7 on the season. They will have a full ten days off before returning to action this Thursday, Sept. 21, at home against Menomonie. Hudson started slowly in all three sets last week against Baldwin-Woodville before sweeping the Blackhawks by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.
The Raider boys soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 Big Rivers Conference win over River Falls Thursday, Sept. 14, before dropping a pair of matches in Madison over the weekend. Hudson fell to third-ranked Middleton, 5-1, Friday before falling to Oregon, 2-0, on Saturday. The Raiders, now 3-8 overall, 3-2 in the BRC, will have a full week off after visiting Eau Claire North (2-6-1, 1-3-1) Tuesday, Sept. 19. They will travel to Menomonie (3-5-1, 1-4-1) Tuesday, Sept. 26 before hosting Rice Lake (4-5-1, 2-2-1) Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.
Menomonie scored on its first three possessions of the game and held off Hudson to earn a 36-24 victory in a battle between two previously unbeaten Big Rivers Conference teams Friday, Sept. 15, in Menomonie. Ben Karls kicked a 27-yard field goal and Max Stubbendick caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Keyser Helterbrand to pull Hudson within 22-10 at halftime.
There are plenty of reasons to love UW-River Falls' new Don Page Arena, but Falcon volleyball coach Patti Ford came up with a new one after her team played the first-ever game at the new facility. "I was thinking that if we were playing in Karges it would have been sopping wet in there," she said, referring to the hot, humid night. "So the fact we get to play in a nice air conditioned facility is just another thing to love about it."
After earning a tough four-set Big Rivers Conference win at the Doghouse at Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 7, the Raider volleyball team capped off a perfect week by going 4-0 to take the team title at its home Hudson Invitational two days later. The Raiders beat Eau Claire North Thursday by scores of 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22 to avenge a loss to the Huskies earlier this season at the Menomonie Sprawl Tournament. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said the young Raiders grew up a lot in the match.
After turning the ball over five times in a four-point loss to Coe College in its season opener the week before, the UW-River Falls football team wasn't going to let another game slip away Saturday, Sept. 9, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. After building a 20-6 lead, UWRF turned the ball over twice on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions, and while Gustavus was able to convert the second giveway into a touchdown, it was too-little-too-late as the Falcons held on for a 20-12 victory.