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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Catch the person in front of you. That's the strategy the Hudson girls' 4x200-meter relay team used at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships Saturday, June 2, in La Crosse. After qualifying for the finals with the fifth fastest time of 1 minute, 42.93 seconds in Friday's preliminaries, the Raider team of Anna Wilgren, Bailee Dierks, Kady Kochendorfer and Lexi LeFever moved up one spot to finish fourth in Saturday's finals, and earn a berth on the awards podium, with a time of 1:42.7.
Hudson junior Bailee Dierks reached the podium in the 100 meter hurdles for the second straight year and both Hudson and Rivers Falls girls' earned medals in the relays on the final day of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships Saturday, June 2, in La Crosse. Dierks, the defending Division 1 state runner-up in the hurdles, placed fourth in Saturday's finals with a time of 15.23 seconds to pick up her second state medal in the event.
Both River Falls' girls relays qualified for Saturday’s finals and they will be joined in the 400 meter relay finals by the team from Hudson after the first day of the WIAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships in La Crosse Friday, June 1.
The Hudson Area Lacrosse Association varsity boys' team will open the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation state tournament against Sun Prairie Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at the high school's Raider Stadium. This year's WLF State Tournament features 20 teams with the championship round scheduled for June 8-9 at Carroll University in Waukesha.
Hudson and Superior matched zeroes through four innings in their WIAA Division 1 regional final Friday, May 25, at Grandview Park before a thunderstorm delayed the game about an hour. When play resumed in the top of the fifth inning, it was the fifth-seeded Spartans who provided the thunder as they used a grand slam to break the game open and go on to an 8-0 victory over the fourth-seeded Raiders. Superior improved to 20-6 and advanced to face top-seeded Stevens Point in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, May 29, while the Raider's season ended with a record of 15-5.
The only thing that stopped the Raider girls soccer team against Chippewa Falls Thursday night, May 24, was the weather. The Raiders gained control early and scored three beautiful goals before thunder and lightening put an end to the game midway through the second half.
Jack Erickson threw six innings of shutout ball and ninth-seeded Hudson scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to defeat No. 8 Superior, 1-0, in a WIAA Division 1 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday, May 29, in Superior. The lone run of the game came when Luke Healy reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on an errant pick-off throw, went to third on Teddy Donna's sacrifice fly to right and scored when David Miller's hard grounder skipped past the Spartan second baseman.
River Falls boys' golf coach Josh Bazey figured a team score of 320 by the Wildcats at the Division 1 sectional in Stevens Point would be good enough to get them to state. But 315 would be even better. That's the score the Cats posted at the sectional Tuesday, May 29, after shooting their best 9-hole score of the season on the back nine at the Stevens Point Country Club to qualify for the WIAA State Tournament for the second year in a row.
Hudson freshman Bennett Swavely earned medalist honors and River Falls had three players in the top ten as the Wildcats finished second and the Raiders placed third at the 8-team WIAA Division 1 Boys' Golf Regional at Troy Burne Tuesday, May 22.
Sophomore Rachel Ball swept the distance races, junior Bailee Dierks won the 100 meter hurdles and the Hudson girls won three of the four relay events on their way to a sectional title at the WIAA Division 1 Track and Field Sectional at D.C. Everest High School Thursday, May 24. Ball and Dierks headline a group of 15 Raider girls who qualified for state in 11 different events. Hudson won the sectional title with a total of 138 points while Stevens Point was a distant second with 87.