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 basketball team couldn't hold on to a four-point halftime lead and saw its three-game winning streak snapped with a 72-59 loss to River Falls Friday, Jan. 26, in Hudson. The Raiders had won six of their last seven games since Christmas but couldn't overcome the hot shooting of River Falls, who shot 51 percent (27-of-53) from the field in the game while hitting nine three-pointers. Hudson, meanwhile, shot just 36 percent (20-of-56) and were outrebounded 32-27.
The Raider girls basketball team won two games in less than 24 hours last weekend, but neither one of them was easy. The Raiders had to hold off a late River Falls charge to avenge an early season loss to the Wildcats with a 65-56 victory Friday night, Jan. 26 before coming back from nine points down at halftime to Woodbury to post a 55-53 win Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27, at home.
It's been a crazy few weeks for high school girls hockey in Wisconsin. After the No. 1 ranked Hudson girls lost to No. 2 Eau Claire Area Jan. 18, the Raiders and Stars switched spots in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey state rankings. Since then Hudson has won four straight games, including two against ranked opponents, while the Stars saw their 12-game winning streak snapped with a 6-5 loss to the third-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion last Thursday, Jan. 25.
For the first time all season Hudson's boys hockey team was being outworked. But not for long. The top-ranked and undefeated Raiders battled back from a 2-0 first period deficit with three unanswered goals to beat a New Richmond team that had visions of beating out Hudson for the top seed in the upcoming WIAA playoffs.
The Raider gymnastics team made its final home dual meet of the season a successful one by defeating Rice Lake, 131.5 to 129.175 on Senior Night Thursday, Jan. 18, at Willow River Elementary School. Freshman Caroline Erickson led the squad with a season-high score of 9.15 in the floor exercise and added a second place score of 8.65 on the vault and third place scores of 8.3 on the balance beam and 7.75 on the uneven parallel bars to win the all-around competition with a total of 33.85.
It took the second-ranked team in the state to hand the top-ranked Hudson Raider girls hockey team its first loss to a Wisconsin opponent this season. The No. 2 ranked Eau Claire-Altoona Stars erased a 3-0 Raider lead to defeat Hudson 4-3, in a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the state Thursday, Jan. 18, at Hobbs Arena in Eau Claire. The Raiders had won nine straight games heading into the showdown while Eau Claire-Altoona was riding an 11-game winning streak. The Stars' last loss was a 3-2 decision at Hudson Dec. 14.
The Hudson Raiders took a big step in securing the No. 1 seed for the upcoming WIAA playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Superior High School boys hockey team Saturday evening, Jan. 20 at Wessman Arena. Wisconsin's top-ranked Raiders improved to 16-0 with their second win of the season over the Spartans. Hudson also defeated Superior 2-1 on Dec. 2 in Hudson. Both the Spartans and Raiders still have games to play against New Richmond, which is still in the hunt for the top seed with a 13-3 record.
The Hudson sixth grade boys basketball team that plays in the Indianhead Basketball League won three games at a tournament in Turtle Lake Saturday, Jan. 13. Team members include, front row from left, Will DeHoogh, Justice Cable-Mills, Kolton Schwartz, Landon Male-White, Andy Eilertson, and Ethan Eilertson. Back row, Spencer Banaszynski, Kolyo Tauzell, ,Logan Magnuson, Kyle Bonk, Bobby Henning, Luke Ashenbrenner, Jacob Stolz and coach Scott Banaszynski. Photo courtesy of Teri Eilertson
The Hudson High School varsity cheer and stunt team took first place in the coed division at the Edina Sweetheart Classic on Saturday, Jan. 13. Samantha Evens, Olivia Fremling, Maya Nordahl, and Amber Skoglund had a second place finish with their stunt group routine. The JV team also competed and had a fourth place finish.
The Raider girls basketball team outscored Chippewa Falls 35-19 in the second half to hand the Cardinals their first Big Rivers Conference loss Friday, Jan. 19, in Hudson. The win also moved Hudson to within a game of the first place Cardinals in the BRC standings at 5-2 (8-7 overall). Chippewa Falls enters the week at 6-1 in conference play while Rice Lake is also in the mix at 4-2. The Raiders have now won five straight BRC games after opening the season 0-2 against conference opponents, including a 70-59 loss at Chippewa Falls in the conference opener Nov. 28.