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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Bailee Dierks doesn't just want to run fast. "Anyone can just sprint," the Hudson sophomore said. "But having an object in the middle and trying to sprint is another challenge. And I love the challenge; it's always fun." So much fun that Dierks took home a pair of individual medals in the hurdle races from the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 2-3 in La Crosse, including a state runner-up finish in the 100 meter hurdle finals.
One week after beating River Falls in a one-hole playoff to win the regional title at New Richmond, the Hudson boys golf team and River Falls found themselves playing an extra hole again at the Marshfield Sectional Tuesday, May 30, at RiverEdge Golf Course. This time with a berth at state on the line. The Raiders and Wildcats tied for second after 18 holes of regulation with scores of 330 each. Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 320, leaving Hudson and River Falls to battle it out for the second and final state qualifying spot.
Sophomore Bailee Dierks earned three medals, including one with the Raider girls' 4x200 meter relay team, to highlight Hudson's contingent at the 2017 WIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
The seventh-seeded Hudson softball team blanked No. 10 Menomonie, 4-0, in a WIAA regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24 but couldn't get past Big Rivers Conference champs and second-seeded Chippewa Falls in the regional final two days later as the Cardinals ended the Raiders' season by a score of 14-4. Katie Cardell pitched a four-hit shutout and Angela Huepfel hit a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Menomonie.
Hudson beat River Falls in a one-hole playoff to capture the regional title at the WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Regional at the New Richmond Golf Course Tuesday, May 23. The Raiders and Wildcats both finished with team scores of 321 to advance to the sectional tournament Tuesday, May 30 in Marshfield along with third place Eau Claire Memorial (323) and fourth place Eau Claire North (329).
The 32nd annual UWRF Athletics Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support University of Wisconsin-River Falls athletics will be Monday, June 19, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992. Known as the Falcon Athletics Icon, Page was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Wisconsin Football and Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fames in 2004.
Bailee Dierks swept the the hurdle races and helped the girls 4x200 meter relay team to a regional title to headline the list of Hudson's sectional qualifiers at the WIAA Division 1 Track and Field Regional in Superior Monday, May 22. Hudson's girls won the regional team title with 168.56 points while River Falls was second with 122.5.
Bailee Dierks swept the girls hurdle races and Lexi LeFever was a double winner in the sprints while George Bond and Derek Bates won individual titles for the boys as the Raiders swept the team titles at the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Championships that concluded Thursday, May 18, in Menomonie. The meet began Tuesday, May 16, in Chippewa Falls but was suspended due to lightning. Hudson's girls won their second straight title while it's the second straight and third in four years for the Raider boys, who shared this year's championship with Menomonie.
Hudson scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 15-2 victory over Rice Lake in the first game before Matthew Barnard hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning of the nightcap to give the Raiders a sweep over the Warriors in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Thursday, May 18, in Rice Lake. The Raiders rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score, 5-5, before Barnard lofted a fly ball to center to score Mason Triebold with one out in the eighth to give Hudson the walk-off win.
Hudson put one singles player and two doubles teams in championship matches at the Big Rivers Conference Tennis Tournament on Saturday, May 13, in Eau Claire, but they couldn't get past their opponents from Eau Claire Memorial as the Old Abes swept all seven flights to win their 21st straight conference title. Hudson took second place in the tournament to finish in a tie for second place in the final BRC standings. The conference position is determined by regular season dual meet results combined with the tournament rankings.