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 top-ranked Hudson girls' and boys' hockey teams combined to outscore their opponents 17-2, in Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Gornick Arena to advance to their respective WIAA sectional championship games this weekend. The Raider girls defeated the Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset/New Richmond),, 7-2 in the first game of the sectional semifinal doubleheader before the boys took care of Somerset, 10-0, in the nightcap.
Eighth-seeded Amery was no match for No. 1 Hudson as the Raiders rolled to a 13-0 victory in a WIAA boys hockey regional final Thursday night at Gornick Arena. Hudson scored seven goals in the first period while outshooting the Warriors 64-7 in the game to advance to the sectional semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 21, against fourth-seeded Somerset. The Spartans defeated Baldwin-Woodville in overtime, 3-2, to move on.
Jake Midby and Jacob Anderson each moved up a weight class and earned wins, and Cole Godbout, Isac Schnidler and Leo Draveling posted three successive pins midway through the match, and the Hudson wrestling team held off Marshfield for a 36-33 victory in a Division 1 team sectional in Stevens Point Tuesday night, Feb. 14. The victory earned the Raiders their third straight berth in the WIAA State Team Tournament in Madison March 3-4.
On the list of season goals for the Raider boys' hockey team, winning the Big Rivers Conference title and earning the No. 1 seed in the sectional are always included. Check, and check.
Hudson was leading the Central Wisconsin Storm, 4-0, with about six minutes remaining last Saturday in Wausau when the Raiders were called for a tripping penalty. "I asked the girls, 'do you hear that?'" head coach Greg Gamache said about the silence in the Storm's home rink. "And they said, 'what?' And I said 'exactly, we killed their spirit.'"
Jacob Anderson, Mitchell Anderson and Isac Schindler won individual titles and Hudson had six wrestlers reach the finals on its way to taking first place at the Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge Saturday in River Falls.
The stars will align for Wisconsin high school hockey fans this Saturday, Feb. 4, when the top two boys and girls teams in the state, including both Hudson teams, face off with No. 1 rankings on the line. The second-ranked Raider boys' will host top-ranked Wausau West Saturday at 3 p.m. at John Gornick Memorial Arena while the No. 2 Hudson girls will face No. 1 Central Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. at Marathon Park Ice Arena in Wausau.
Last week was a big week for the Raider girls' hockey team for a number of reasons. They picked up two wins over sectional opponents to improve their chances for a No. 1 playoff seed, including beating the St. Croix Valley Fusion (River Falls) for the first time in two years to retain sole possession of first place in the Big Rivers Conference.To top the week off, they blanked the second-ranked Bay Area Ice Bears (Green Bay), 6-0 Friday night while helping to raise over $2,000 for the fight against cancer.
This Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, will be colorful days and nights at the Gornick hockey rink as the Hudson High School boys and girls teams are going to "Skate to Shutout Cancer"!
Anna Wilgren had a hand in seven of Hudson's eight goals, but the fifth-ranked Raider girls' hockey team had to hold off a furious comeback attempt by fourth-ranked Eau Claire-Altoona to earn an 8-6 Big Rivers Conference victory Jan. 5, in Eau Claire.