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's girls' golf team put together it best score of the season to take third at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, Sept. 6. Three Raiders finished in the top ten individually to lead Hudson to a season-low score of 196.
The Hudson boys' and girls' cross country teams competed at the prestigious St. Olaf High School Showcase Thursday, Aug. 30, in Northfield, Minn., with the Raider girls placing eighth of of 33 teams and the boys 32nd out of 38. The boys' race featured four of the top 10 ranked teams in Minnesota while the girls side featured No. 2 nationally ranked Wayzata and 23rd nationally ranked Mountain View, Idaho, as well as three of the top 13 girls in the nation based on individual rankings.
There have been a lot of memorable football games in the 100-year rivalry between Hudson and River Falls. This one is near the top of the list.
Between the season-opening Marshfield Quad Tuesday, Aug. 21, and the two-day Menomonie Sprawl Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, the Raider volleyball team had a good opportunity to see what it does well and what it needs to work on moving forward. And it saw plenty of both.
Paige Hillman tied for third individually and all five Raiders shot 56 or lower as Hudson tied for second place with Eau Claire Memorial at a Big Rivers Conference girls' golf match at Troy Burne Thursday, Aug. 30. Hillman shot a team-low score of 43 over nine holes to tie River Falls' Hannah Harper for third place. Eau Claire Memorial's Lexi Meade earned medalist honors with a round of 40 while Sydney Brown of Eau Claire North shot 41.
What does an All-American basketball player do when his four years of college eligibility are up? He goes out for the football team. That's what Hudson native Alex Herink is doing this fall at UW-River Falls. After leading the Falcon basketball team in scoring the last two seasons, and being named All-American and WIAC Player of the Year in 2017, Herink is suiting up as a 6-foot-7, 251-pound wide receiver this season for the Falcons.
Kolton Prater and Paul Phillipson scored two goals apiece and Prater assisted on three other goals as the Hudson boys' soccer team rolled past Eau Claire North, 7-1, in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Eau Claire. Prater assisted on Hudson's first goal off the foot of Connor Johnson seven minutes into the match before Phillipson scored twice, unassisted in the 26th minute and from Prater four minutes later.
Hudson volleyball coach Dennis Saathoff is expecting a lot from the Raider's seven returning letterwinners this season. "I am really expecting them to set the tone in the gym and make sure they are pushing each other each day in practice," Saathoff said. "I know they want to move up in the conference standing from our third place finish last season." Saathoff said he expects the Raiders to be a better defensive team this season with the return of All-Big Rivers Conference Second Team senior libero Olivia Goulette and junior defensive specialist Ariana Zins.
Keyser Helterbrand ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Raider football team improved to 2-0 with a 48-20 victory at Stevens Point Friday, Aug. 24. Helterbrand threw a pair of first half touchdown passes to Charlie Pierce, hooking up from 13-yards for the first points of the game and from 21-yards away just before halftime. Helterbrand also ran over from one yard out and Cole Danielson added a two-yard touchdown run to stake Hudson to a 28-12 halftime lead.
First National Bank of River Falls Field will host its very first concert when the River Falls Baseball Council presents the Grand Slam Jam Saturday, Sept. 8. The day-long music festival will feature the Gear Daddies with special guests 4onthefloor along with Firewater Gospel Choir and Easy Hour. RFBC president Greg Peters said it's been a goal of the council to host a concert ever since the ballpark opened in 2014. And he believes they've found the perfect lineup for the Grand Slam Jam.