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 swimming and diving team posted five first place finishes and had 12 top three finishes on its way to clinching its fourth straight Big Rivers Conference Championship at the BRC Meet Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eau Claire North High School. The Raiders went undefeated in BRC duals this year before finishing 117.5 points ahead of their nearest competitor at the conference meet to claim the undisputed BRC championship.
The Hudson Soccer Association's U11 girls team won the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Fall State Championship Saturday, Oct. 15. Team members include, front row from left, Olivia Osterhues, Evelyn Elwood, Nevaeh Tillman, Kaitlyn Sanders, and Ireland Meyer. Middle row, Sophia Bast, Addyson Raney, Lily Gies, and Emma Anderson. Back row, coach Matt Gutsmiedl, Olivia Pettey, Hannah Kendhammer, Jailyn Polinske, and Keira Gutsmiedl. Photo courtesy of Matt Gutsmiedl
Paul Philipson scored the tying goal in the 86th minute but Eau Claire Memorial's Jack Longville scored his second goal of the game in the 103rd minute to lift the Old Abes to a 2-1 overtime victory over Hudson in a WIAA Division 1 soccer sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, in Eau Claire.
One week after defeating Wausau West in the final game of the regular season to secure the No. 2 sectional seed, the Raider boys soccer team made it two straight over the third-seeded Warriors with a 2-0 victory in the regional final Saturday, Oct. 21, in Hudson. Hudson's reward? They move on to face top-seeded Eau Claire Memorial for the third time this season in a sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, in Eau Claire. The Raiders dropped a pair of matches to the Big Rivers Conference champion Old Abes during the regular season, 4-0 Sept. 7 in Hudson and 3-1 Oct. 3 in Eau Claire.
The Hudson football team laid it all on the line in its WIAA Level 1 playoff game against Stevens Point Friday, Oct. 20, at Raider Stadium. After scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes to force overtime, the Raiders went for it all on their first possession of the extra session. But Stevens Point's defense sniffed out Keyser Helterbrand's potential game-winning two-point conversion pass in the end zone and Max Stubbendick couldn't get his hands on it, giving the Panthers a wild 48-47 victory and leaving the Raiders and their fans heartbroken.
Soccer wins home finale Senior midfielder Abby Soderholm's goal just over 13 minutes into the match held up to give the UW-River Falls women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point in the Falcon's final home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 21, at Ramer Field. Soderholm put back a rebound of a Mariah Troje header that hit the crossbar off a corner kick from Maddie Bleick at 13:45 for the only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Crosby finished with six saves to earn the shutout and her first victory of the season.
After sweeping Superior in three sets in their WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 19, at home, the seventh-seeded Raider volleyball team ran out of gas in a three-set loss to second-seeded Eau Claire North in the regional final two nights later in Eau Claire. The Raiders overcame a shaky first set to sweep Superior 28-26, 25-14, 25-18, in Thursday's regional semifinal.
Despite struggling to move the ball against UW-Whitewater Saturday, Oct. 21, the UW-River Falls football team trailed just 3-0 at halftime and by just six points with one quarter to play but couldn't keep up with the Warhawks in the end of a 20-7 loss at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Whitewater scored a pair of second half touchdowns to hand the Falcons their third straight loss and drop them to 1-3 in WIAC play (3-4 overall). UWRF's offense managed just 170 total yards and six first downs while the Falcons punted 10 times and turned the ball over once.
Hudson's boys are returning to state for the third straight year and the girls will make their first appearance since 2013 after both teams captured team titles at the WIAA Division 1 cross country sectional in Menomonie last Saturday, Oct. 21. Sophomore Rachel Ball won the girls individual sectional title while junior George Bond finished second in the boys race. Hudson's girls posted a first place score of 52 and Onalaska was second with 66, while the Raider boys finished with 47 points, four points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial.
After scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes to force overtime, the Raider football team went for it all on its first possession of the extra session. But Keyser Helterbrand's two-point conversion pass was just out of the reach of Max Stubbendick, giving Stevens Point a wild 48-47 win in a first round Division 1 playoff game in Hudson. The Raiders trailed 41-28 after a 53-yard touchdown run by Stevens Point's Trent Hamerski with 5:15 to play.