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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Anna Wilgren's goal with 6 minutes, 44 seconds remaining gave the top-ranked Raider girls hockey team a 3-2 victory over the second ranked Eau Claire/Altoona Stars in an early-season showdown between Big Rivers Conference powerhouses Thursday, Dec. 14, at Gornick Arena. All three of Hudson's goals came on the power play in a game that featured two undefeated teams at the top of the Wisconsin Prep Hockey girls coaches poll. Wilgren's goal secured the win for Hudson after ECA had rallied from two goals down to tie the score, 2-2, with one period remaining.
The Raider boys swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 in dual meets this season with a 99-70 victory over Watertown-Mayer Friday, Dec. 8, and a 110-68 win over Tartan Tuesday, Dec. 12. Hudson swept the top three spots in the 500 yard freestyle and took two of the top three places in five other events in the win over Watertown-Mayer. Steven Asmus won the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes, 2.25 seconds, Ethan Hanson was second in 5:33.48 and Jonathan Bennett took third in 5:38.46.
The Hastings girls basketball team held its first four opponents to an average of just over 30 points per game so far this season. Hudson nearly matched that total in the first half. The Hudson Raiders and Hastings Raiders played to a 25-25 tie through the first 18 minutes Friday, Dec. 15, in Hastings. But the home team outscored its Wisconsin visitors 33-20 in the second half to remain undefeated with a 58-45 victory.
The top-ranked Raider boys hockey team erupted for five goals in a seven-minute span late in the second period to snap a 2-2 tie on their way to an 8-2 victory over Menomonie in a Big Rivers Conference game at Gornick Arena Thursday, Dec. 14. The win kept the Raiders undefeated at 6-0 overall and on top of the BRC standings with a mark of 3-0. They visited Rice Lake this past Tuesday, Dec.19, before opening Schwan's Cup play Tuesday, Dec. 26, against St. Paul Academy at the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine.
Jacob Anderson won an individual title at 160 pounds and heavyweight Cole Godbout was second as the Raider wrestling team finished second at the 24-team Marty Loy Wrestling Classic in Fond du Lac Saturday, Dec. 16. Burlington won the team title with 253 points and Hudson was second with 210.5 while Freedom finished third with 158. Raider coach Chris Hansen said placing second at a prestigious event like the Marty Loy Classic is a tremendous accomplishment.
From a fan's perspective, last Friday's boys basketball game between Hudson and Blaine was certainly exciting. It just didn't end in the Raiders' favor. The two teams combined for 184 points in a game that was decided by eight points as Blaine left town with a 96-88 victory. "Both teams were running and shooting the ball well," Raider coach John Dornfeld said. "It was close all the way but at the end they made a couple more shots than we did."
The Raider gymnastics team posted a season high score on its way to a fourth place finish at the ten-team Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invitational Saturday, Dec. 9. River Falls won the team title with 138.875 and host Chippewa Falls was second with 132.425. Eau Claire North/Memorial was third with 131.75 while Hudson placed fourth with 131.55.
Ethan Vargas of Hudson placed second in the 15-16 year-old boys race at the 2017 AAU Cross Country National Championships at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. Saturday, Dec. 2. Vargas covered the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 12 seconds to earn All-American honors. Over 1,2000 athletes from across the country ran at the meet. Photo courtesy of Darcy Vargas
Five gymnasts from the Hudson School of Gymnastics qualified for the Wisconsin State competition at Vincent High School in Milwaukee Dec. 2-3. From left are Amelia Reisdorf of Hudson, a fourth grader at St. Anne Elementary School; Julia Bounting, of Hudson, a fifth grader at Willow River Elementary School; Anne Markert of Prescott, a third grader at Malone Intermediate School; Emma Hannan of Roberts, a seventh graders at St. Croix Central Middle School; and Kendall Evans of Hudson, a fourth grader at River Crest Elementary School.
The Raider boys basketball team played much better Friday Dec. 8 against Eau Claire North than it did earlier in the week in a 73-54 loss at River Falls, but the outcome wasn't any different against the conference co-favorite Huskies. Raider coach John Dornfeld said Hudson played its best half of basketball this season and went into halftime leading the Huskies, 30-23. But North showed why it's picked by many to win the Big Rivers Conference title this year and outscored the Raiders by 23 points in the second half to post a 67-51 victory.