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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Club lacrosse The Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's varsity boys team split a pair of games in Verona last weekend while the junior varsity took home a championship at a tournament in Middleton. The weekend before, the varsity girls' team went 3-0 on its trip to Brainerd, Minn. Last Saturday the varsity defeated Oregon, 11-4, before falling short to Verona, 12-9, despite a four-goal, two-assist effort by senior Tanner Gornick.
High School Golf Rain and cold wiped out last Monday's Hastings Invitational, but the Raider boys golf team found plenty of warm weather and sunshine Wednesday at Superior, and responded with its best 18-hole score of the season to finish second at the 10-team Superior Invite. Led by Tyler Wingad's career-low 74, the Raiders posted a team score of 319 to finish 10 strokes behind first place Eau Claire Memorial.
High School Soccer The Raider girls soccer team blanked Chippewa Falls, 4-0 and topped River Falls, 5-2, in Big Rivers Conference play last week before earning a win and a tie at the UW-Eau Claire Tournament over the weekend. Mady Haines tallied a hat trick against Chippewa Falls Tuesday and McKenna Olson earned the shutout in the Raiders' 4-0 victory. "Our defense played really well and we didn't give up any quality chances," head coach Steve Sollom said.
High School Baseball If there's one indication of the way Raider baseball coach Jason Nell feels about the way his team is playing lately it's the post-game meetings. "Our conversations at the end of the game; they're less lengthy and they're more positive," Nell noted. "And that's a good thing, regardless of the score."
Hudson's girls soccer team avenged an early-season loss to Eau Claire North and Garrett Hendricks threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Raider baseball team to its third straight conference win to highlight Hudson High School sports action Tuesday, May 9.
Football fans usually have to wait until fall to see their local teams in action. Not anymore. Two teams in the Northern Elite Football League—considered one of the premier adult amateur semi-pro leagues in the nation—have set up shop in the area with the Northland Bulls calling UW-River Falls Ramer Field home and the Hudson Thunderhawks playing at E.P. Rock Elementary School's Newton Field. The Bulls spent the previous four years as the North Bank Bulls in Cottage Grove, Minn., while the Thunderhawks played the last eight years in Menomonie.
High School Soccer The Raider girls soccer team played five games in five days last week, traveling over 750 miles in the process, and came out of it with a record of 2-3. Hudson started the week with a 5-0 Big Rivers Conference victory in a cold, steady rain last Tuesday at the middle school field before dropping a 3-1 conference decision at Eau Claire Memorial Thursday.
It was a good day for Hudson High School sports teams Thursday. The Raider soccer team downed River Falls, 5-2, the softball team swept Eau Claire Memorial, 4-1 and 8-7, the baseball team beat Menomonie for the second time in three days, 11-0, and the boys' tennis team rolled over Eau Claire North, 6-1.
Jake Johnson was a freshman at UW-River Falls when he saw a couple of guys carrying lacrosse sticks around campus. "I thought, what is that? It looks like a butterfly net," the Webster native said. "Then I tried it and I fell in love with the game and I haven't walked away since."
After struggling at the plate and in the field in a 7-1 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Menomonie last Friday, the Raider softball team collected nine hits and turned in a game-ending double play to earn a 6-4 win in the nightcap. Hudson's lone run in the opener came in the top of the third inning when Kaiya Sundeen singled and scored on a double by Colleen Halverson. Katie Cardell struck out six Mustangs, but the Raiders were plagued by five untimely errors in the field. Hudson's bats came alive in the nightcap with solo home runs by Halverson and Cardell.