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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The Raider boys tennis team made the long trip to Oshkosh last Saturday and came home with a tournament title from the Oshkosh North Quad, defeating Oshkosh West, 4-3 and Oshkosh North, 5-2, before clinching first place, 4-3, with an improvised lineup against Monona Grove. After opening with two wins, Isaac Young, half of the Raiders No. 1 doubles team, and Andrew Bolles, the Raiders No. 4 singles player had to leave to return to Hudson to sing in a Hudson High School Chamber Choir Concert. No problem.
Bailee Dierks and Lexi LeFever were double winners for Hudson's girls and Cole Godbout and Cole Causby each won titles for the boys at the Hopkins True Team Track and Field Invitational last Tuesday in Minnetonka. Dierks came within an eyelash of breaking her second school record in a week by winning the 300 meter hurdle race in 44.91 seconds. The current mark of 44.11 was set by two-time state champion Sharyn Dahl in 2007.
After getting off to a slow start on a cold, windy and rainy day in Superior last Tuesday, the Raider girls soccer team put up seven goals in a Big Rivers Conference win over the Spartans before topping that total by one in an 8-0 victory at Menomonie two days later. The pair of victories upped the Raiders' record to 4-1 overall, 3-1 in BRC play heading into conference matches against Rice Lake and Eau Claire Memorial this week before an overnight trip to Milwaukee for three games at the Laura Moynihan Tournament.
The closest thing the Hudson boys tennis team has to a home court this season are the courts at River Falls High School where the Raiders practice. So last Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Wildcats was as close to a home win as the Raiders are going to get this season.
The Raider boys golf team started out last week with a 10th place finish at the 26-team Stillwater Invitational Monday before opening Big Rivers Conference play with matches at Lake Hallie and Lake Wissota later in the week. Hudson finished two strokes behind Eau Claire Memorial in a tie for second place Tuesday at Lake Hallie before slipping to sixth place Thursday at Lake Wissota. Hudson coach Bill Schaub said the conference is evenly matched this year with any one of five teams capable of challenging for the top spot.
Sophomore Bailee Dierks won both hurdle races, setting a new school record in the 100 hurdles in the process, and Hudson's girls posted eight first place finishes on the day to win the team title at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Track and Field Invitational last Friday in River Falls. Dierks broke Sharyn Dahl's 11 year-old school mark in the 100 meter hurdles with a first place time of 14.77 seconds. Dahl, a two-time state champion and member of the Raiders' 2007 state championship winning team, set the old record of 14.99 in 2006.
Raider baseball coach Jason Nell liked the way his team hit the ball against Eau Claire North last Thursday at Grandview Park. But it still wasn't enough to prevent the Huskies from sweeping the home-and-home series. After being shut out 9-0 last Tuesday at Carson Park, the Raiders hung with the Huskies early Thursday at home before North put on three runs in the top of the seventh inning on their way to a 6-1 win in Hudson's "Strike Out Cancer" game.
High School Tennis The Raider boys tennis team fared well at the top of its lineup last Thursday in Menomonie, but couldn't get enough points in the lower half in a 4-3 loss to the Mustangs in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams. Hudson got wins at No. 1 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles but struggled in the lower matches, winning just one game in at least one match in each of the four losses.
UW-River Falls announced last week it will be adding women's lacrosse as its 17th varsity sport beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. UWRF will become the first public institution in the area to sponsor women's lacrosse as a varsity sport in any of the three NCAA divisions. Currently there are 282 Division III institutions that sponsor lacrosse, including approximately 30 in the Upper Midwest.
After opening the week with a 9-7 nonconference victory at Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday, and posting a 10-6 win over Eau Claire North in the first game of a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Thursday at home, the Raider softball team dropped the nightcap to the Huskies, 2-1, before losing a 4-2 decision to Zumbrota-Mazeppa this past Monday.