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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After crushing the competition at their home Hudson Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Raider cross country teams turned in good showings in the premier Gold Race at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23 in St. Paul. Hudson had five of the top ten finishers in both the boys and girls races at their home meet last Tuesday at the middle school, led by first place finishers George Bond for the boys and Rachel Ball for the girls.
Eau Claire Memorial may have won its ninth straight Big Rivers Conference team championship Saturday, Sept. 23, but Hudson sure made them sweat it out. On an already hot and humid day in Eau Claire, Hudson gave Eau Claire Memorial a run for its money with three conference titles on their way to finishing just five points behind the Old Abes in the final tournament standings.
Hudson junior Rachel Baker competes in the 100 yard butterfly in the Raider girls swimming and diving team's 98-87 victory at Woodbury Saturday, Sept. 23. The Raiders opened the season with a fifth place finish at the Eau Claire North Invitational Aug. 26 and since then have gone 4-1 in dual meets, including 2-0 against Big Rivers Conference opponents. They'll return to BRC action this Thursday, Aug. 28, against Menomonie and 6:30 p.m. at the middle school pool. Photo courtesy of Paul Stein
UW-River Falls sophomore Maggie Koehler of Hudson assisted on the first Falcon goal and scored the second to spark the UWRF women's soccer team to a 7-0 victory over Northland College Sunday, Sept. 24, in Ashland. Koehler assisted on the Falcon's first goal of the game by Kayla Windingstad six minutes into the match before scoring off a pass from Abby Soderholm less than two minutes later. Soderholm would add a goal and two more assists and Carrie Anderson, Mariah Troje and Camryn Altnau added a goal each as UWRF erupted for a season-high seven goals.
After playing eight games in 11 days, including back-to-back weekend road trips, the Raider boys soccer team played just one game last week and made it a good one with a 3-1 Big Rivers Conference victory at Eau Claire North Tuesday, Sept. 19. Kolton Prater put the Raiders on the board eight minutes into the match, with an assist from Thomas Laraia, for the only goal of the first half before the Huskies tied it three minutes into intermission.
Hudson outscored Rice Lake 13-0 in the second half to come back from a three-point deficit and hand the Warriors their first loss of the season, 26-16, in the Raider's homecoming game Friday night, Sept. 26, in Hudson.
Rachel Ball dominated the girls race for her third victory this season; Hudson had five runners in the top 13, and five Hudson boys finished in the top 16 of their race as the Raider cross country teams swept the team titles at the 53rd annual Rice Lake Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 12, at UW-Barron County.
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.