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 Raider boys basketball team kicked off the new year with an 83-66 Big Rivers Conference victory over Menomonie Friday, Jan. 5, for its third straight win. Fresh off a pair of victories at a holiday tournament in Wisconsin Dells over the break, the Raiders held the Mustangs to 30 second half-points after taking a 44-36 lead at the break on their way to improving to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in BRC play.
The top-ranked Raider boys hockey team had just beaten No. 2 Eau Claire Memorial, 7-4, Thursday, Jan. 4, at Gornick Arena to improve to 11-0 on the season. So what did head coach Brooks Lockwood do? He sat down with his assistant coaches and came up with a list of things the Raiders need to do better.
After a lackluster 73-48 loss in its WIAC opener at home against unranked UW-Stevens Point Wednesday Jan. 3, the third-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 10-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining to defeat fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 81-80, Saturday, Jan. 6, in Whitewater. Brennan Witt's jumper with less than two seconds left capped a 7-0 Falcon run to close the game.
The top-ranked Hudson girls hockey team won three games in three days last week, including a big 3-2 victory over third-ranked University School of Milwaukee at the Ticket King Girls Hockey Classic Invitational Friday, Jan. 5 at UW-Milwaukee's Panther Arena. One night earlier the Raiders topped Chippewa Falls/Menomonie, 7-2, at home to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play. They hammered the Lakeshore Lightning (Cedarburg co-op), 10-1, in the second game of Ticket King Classic in Milwaukee Saturday, Jan. 6. to improve to 12-1-0 on the season.
UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink of Hudson was named the WIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week Dec. 18 after registering 24 points and 11 rebounds in a come-from-behind 69-65 victory over Northwestern-St. Paul Dec. 16. Herink scored 20 points in the second half to lead the comeback. UWRF trailed by 15 points at halftime and 21 points in the second half. His three-point basket with 1:12 left in the contest put the Falcons up five points — their largest lead of the game.
The Raider girls basketball team couldn't hold on to a three-point halftime lead in a 67-63 loss to Marshfield before falling to Wausau West, 86-62, at the Marshfield Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28 in Marshfield. Hudson, now 4-7 overall, will return to Big Rivers Conference action at home against Rice Lake this Saturday, Jan. 6, at 7:15 p.m. before visiting St. Paul Highland Park Tuesday, Jan. 9. Last Wednesday in Marshfield, the Raiders led 35-32 at the break but couldn't hang on in a 67-63 loss to the host Tigers.
The last time the Raider boys hockey team won three games in three days it came home with a state championship from Madison. Last week it brought back a trophy as champion of the Bronze Division at the prestigious Schwan's Cup. Hudson went 3-0 at the three-day tournament, shutting out St. Paul Academy, 6-0, Tuesday, Dec. 26, Rogers, 3-0, Wednesday, Dec. 27, and topping Minnehaha Academy, 7-2, in the title game Thursday, Dec. 28, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
Boys hockey wins state title The Raider boys hockey team had one of the best seasons in program history in 2016-17, posting a record of 27-2-1, claiming its second straight Big Rivers Conference title and winning Hudson's third state championship and first since 2004.
Hudson senior Cole Godbout, center, is flanked by Raider head football coach Adam Kowles, left, and assistant coach Neil Hatfield as he signs his letter of intent to accept a football scholarship to the University of Wyoming Thursday, Dec. 20, at the high school. Godbout was named the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State First Team after leading the BRC with 13 sacks and 62 solo tackles this season. Submitted photo
Despite jumping out to early leads in both games last week, the Raider girls basketball team was only able to post one win. It was a big one, however, as they handed Menomonie their second Big Rivers Conference loss of the season while evening their own conference record at 2-2.