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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Hudson junior Ella Stein earned her second straight state podium berth by placing sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke to headline the Raider's day at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Oct. 10, in Madison. Stein was one of six Hudson representatives at the state meet, including all three relay teams, to cap a season that included an undefeated Big Rivers Conference season and the Raider's fifth BRC title in six years.
Hudson junior Ella Stein earned her second straight state podium finish by placing sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Oct. 10, in Madison. Stein cut .14 of a second off her sectional championship time to place sixth at Saturday's state meet in 1 minute, 5.03 seconds. It was her third straight appearance in the state 100 breastroke finals. She finished seventh as a freshman in 2016 and was state runner-up last year.
The Saint Patrick School 7th/8th grade volleyball team won the 2018 Catholic Athletic Association championship Sunday, Oct. 28, in St. Paul. Team members include, front row from left, Abby Winkels, Alyssa Miller, Leah Mitchell, Lauren Piepel, Grace Cook, and Abby Emmerling. Back row, Anna Walter, Estelle Siwik, Sophie Madigan, Lauren Goulette, Leah Jacobi, and coach Liberty Siwik. Missing from photo are coaches Heather Madigan, Angie Siwik, and Emily Poltratz. Submitted photo
Over 100 people turned out at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse Saturday night, Nov. 3, to honor longtime Hudson High School track and cross country coach Don Krupa for his 50 years of coaching at the school. The event was organized by Krupa's friends Len and Han Meissen, whose son Ryan, was a standout runner for Krupa at Hudson High School. Meissen was just one of Krupa's former student-athletes and friends who turned out to celebrate his milestone.
Matsushima nets four in win over Auggies The UW-River Falls men's hockey team posted a tie and a win across the border last weekend, battling St. John's to a 2-2 draw Friday, Nov. 2, in Collegeville, Minn. before throttling Augsburg University, 7-3, Saturday, Nov. 3, in Minneapolis Senior forward Eddie Matsushima scored four goals Saturday, including one on a power play and another shorthanded, to increase his team-leading total to six through the first four games as the Falcons' improved to 2-1-1.
Hudson's boys finished ninth for the second consecutive year and the Raider girls placed 17th at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Oct. 27. The Raider boys finished with a total of 264 points to earn their second straight top ten state finish. Neenah won the team title with 122 while Eau Claire Memorial, the only other area Division 1 qualifier, finished 17th with 351.
Ella Stein won two individual titles, Maree Elliott and Faith Eilertson won one each, and the Raider 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams were crowned champions as the Hudson girls swim and dive team wrapped up its fifth Big Rivers Conference championship in six years at the BRC Meet Saturday, Oct. 27, in Menomonie. After going undefeated in conference dual meets this season, the Raiders scored 472 points to clinch the conference title Saturday. Eau Claire Memorial was second with 456.5.
While the season was relatively short, consisting of only six practice sessions and just two matches, the inaugural season of the Hudson Tennis Association's (HTA) middle school aged tennis program got off to a great start, going undefeated in match play against New Richmond and Menomonie. According to HTA president John Knutson, the reason the organization wanted to develop a middle school-aged tennis program is twofold.
Third-seeded Hudson scored two goals off rebounds and held off a late charge by No. 2 Kimberly to knock off the Papermakers, 2-0, in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal in Kimberly Thursday night, Oct. 26. The victory puts the Raiders into the sectional championship game Saturday, Oct. 27, against top-seeded Green Bay Preble at 7 p.m. at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield. Green Bay Preble defeated Appleton North in a shootout, 5-3, in Thursday's other sectional semifinal in Green Bay.
The Hudson girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up Big Rivers Conference dual meet competition with a perfect 6-0 record with a 104-82 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in the regular season finale Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Eau Claire. The Raiders can lock up their fifth BRC title in six years at the BRC Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Menomonie. Hudson won four straight conference titles from 2013-16 before Eau Claire Memorial won it in 2017.