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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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.
Cole Danielson netted a natural hat trick and Grady Gornick, Ben Lundeen, Jack Flattum and Carter Maack all had multiple point nights as the top-ranked Raider boys hockey team improved to 7-0 with a 5-0 victory at Rice Lake Tuesday, Dec. 19. Alex Cohen stopped all 10 shots to record his second shutout of the season as the Raiders outshot the Warriors, 43-10. Hudson took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 26 seconds apart late in the first period.
The Raider boys swim and dive team improved to 4-0 in dual meets this season with a 102-73 victory over White Bear Lake Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Hudson Middle School Pool. The Raiders swept at least two of the top three spots in seven of the first nine events before swimming the last two events as exhibitions.
The Hudson High School Varsity and JV Cheer and Stunt Teams kicked off their competition season this past Saturday, Dec. 16, at the University of Minnesota Cheerleading Championship in the Sports Pavilion. The varsity team took first place in the small coed division. Varsity team member include Nick Becker, Lane Burke , Lilly Burke, Samantha Evens, Olivia Fremling, Zach Girard, Izzy Hughes, Taylor Jankowski, Keoni Lapean, Carley Larson, Tori Leoni, Abigail Lingenfelter, Maya Nordahl, Amber Skoglund, Dalyon Waldner, Anna Zaspel.
Twin brothers Cale and Shane Blinkman, 16, represented the St. Croix Swim Club at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at the University of Iowa Dec. 6-9. Shane Blinkman finished first in the 200 yard individual medley to become the Junior National champion for the western half of the United States. There was a second identical meet run at the same time at the University of Tennessee, where swimmers from the eastern half of the USA attended.