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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It's been awhile since the Hudson River Rats didn't need a win in the final week of the regular season to make the playoffs. But that doesn't mean they were taking it easy in their St. Croix Valley Baseball league finale against Osceola Saturday, July 29 at Grandview Park. Things got a little dicey at the end as the Braves, who were still fighting for a playoff spot, put up five runs in the top of the ninth. But Brian Sparstad induced a pop-up to short with the tying runs on base for the final out of the game to preserve the Rats' 8-6 victory.
Members of the Hudson Raider Shooting Club brought back plenty of hardware from the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Championships in Marengo, Ohio July 8-15. Caitlin Cravens earned the title of skeet national champion for the women's intermediate advanced division, shooting 191 out of 200, while Reed Meyer placed third in the men's senior division individual bunker trap, shooting 82 of 100.
As a member of the Hudson High School girls' hockey team from 2011-14, Sydney Squires scored 96 career goals, earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors four straight years, and was named BRC Player of the Year and First Team All-State her senior season. And hockey wasn't even her best sport.
The Hudson River Rats are in the playoffs, but the race for the St. Croix Valley Baseball League North Division title is still up for grabs, if only by a whisker.
Registration for the fall Hudson Booster Football season is now open at www.hudsonboosters.org with coaches meeting and equipment handout taking place next week. Equipment handouts: 5th and 6th grade - Tuesday Aug. 1, 5:30 to 8
Even lifetime .325 hitters need practice. Despite enjoying immense success in his first two years as a college baseball player—hitting .325 in 391 Division 1 at-bats—Hudson native Miles Lewis is not taking his summers off from the sport. Last year, he played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League and this summer he is playing for the Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Based off its immense list of major league alumni, the Cape Cod League is considered the top amateur baseball league in the country.
The Hudson Tennis Association has been selected as First American Bank's next Denim with a Cause. Formed in January 2017, the HTA is a new nonprofit that already has more than 30 volunteers. It is devoted to promoting the lifelong sport of tennis to residents of any age or ability level in Hudson and the surrounding area. HTA's future initiatives will be tennis camps and clinics, leagues for several levels of competition, community tournaments, the expansion and building of additional community tennis courts.
Hudson High School football coach Adam Kowles said he just wanted the 180 kids at last week's Raider ABC and Raider Pride Football Camp to have fun. Having an NFL player on the field with them certainly helped. Former Raider and current Miami Dolphin offensive lineman Kraig Urbik showed up for the final day of camp Thursday, July 13 and was a big hit with the third through ninth grade campers. Urbik said he was more than happy to help out.
Two recent Hudson High School graduates have been selected to play in the 27th annual Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Soccer Game July 22 at UW-Whitewater's Fiskum Field. Forward Willie Douglas and defender Dylan Ferreira will play for the Blue Team in the game that features the top graduating seniors in the state. The Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association, is hosting the game. Douglas and Ferreira were selected by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association after being nominated by Hudson head coach Steve Sollom.
Honorary co-chair Larry Ofstedal concluded the story of his 36-year battle with cancer with a special message for the 300 people who attended the 2017 Relay For Life of Hudson Friday, June 23, at Lakefront Park. "Relayers raise money," he said. "Money funds research. Research kills cancer. So relayers kill cancer."