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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Hudson's girls tennis team advanced five players to sectional play, came away with two flight championships and will send its top doubles team to state after the WIAA Division 1 sectional in Wausau last Wednesday, Oct. 4. Senior captains Taylor Owens and Anna Wilgren qualified for this week's WIAA State Tournament in Madison by winning the sectional title at No. 1 doubles while freshman Sophia Jonas capped her rookie season by winning the No. 4 singles sectional title.
Hudson turned the ball over twice in the first half but returned a blocked punt and interception for touchdowns while building a 35-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 43-13 victory over Chippewa Falls Friday night, Oct. 6, at Raider Stadium. Hudson had already opened up a 21-0 second quarter lead when Cole Godbout blocked a Cardinal punt and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Godbout also blocked a Cardinal field goal attempt in the first quarter and finished with seven tackles in the game.
Brent Snyder, the Director of Instruction at Troy Burne Golf Club just south of Hudson, has dominated the Minnesota professional golf season this year with eight victories in 19 tournaments. Among those wins were two "majors" on the Minnesota professional golf scene, the Minnesota PGA Section Championship in August and last week, the Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship.
For the second straight week the Hudson Raider football team dominated a previously unbeaten Big Rivers Conference opponent, defeating Eau Claire Memorial, 35-7, Friday night, Sept. 29, in Eau Claire and clinching a playoff berth in the process.
After crushing the competition at their home Hudson Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Raider cross country teams turned in good showings in the premier Gold Race at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23 in St. Paul. Hudson had five of the top ten finishers in both the boys and girls races at their home meet last Tuesday at the middle school, led by first place finishers George Bond for the boys and Rachel Ball for the girls.
Eau Claire Memorial may have won its ninth straight Big Rivers Conference team championship Saturday, Sept. 23, but Hudson sure made them sweat it out. On an already hot and humid day in Eau Claire, Hudson gave Eau Claire Memorial a run for its money with three conference titles on their way to finishing just five points behind the Old Abes in the final tournament standings.
Hudson junior Rachel Baker competes in the 100 yard butterfly in the Raider girls swimming and diving team's 98-87 victory at Woodbury Saturday, Sept. 23. The Raiders opened the season with a fifth place finish at the Eau Claire North Invitational Aug. 26 and since then have gone 4-1 in dual meets, including 2-0 against Big Rivers Conference opponents. They'll return to BRC action this Thursday, Aug. 28, against Menomonie and 6:30 p.m. at the middle school pool. Photo courtesy of Paul Stein
UW-River Falls sophomore Maggie Koehler of Hudson assisted on the first Falcon goal and scored the second to spark the UWRF women's soccer team to a 7-0 victory over Northland College Sunday, Sept. 24, in Ashland. Koehler assisted on the Falcon's first goal of the game by Kayla Windingstad six minutes into the match before scoring off a pass from Abby Soderholm less than two minutes later. Soderholm would add a goal and two more assists and Carrie Anderson, Mariah Troje and Camryn Altnau added a goal each as UWRF erupted for a season-high seven goals.
After playing eight games in 11 days, including back-to-back weekend road trips, the Raider boys soccer team played just one game last week and made it a good one with a 3-1 Big Rivers Conference victory at Eau Claire North Tuesday, Sept. 19. Kolton Prater put the Raiders on the board eight minutes into the match, with an assist from Thomas Laraia, for the only goal of the first half before the Huskies tied it three minutes into intermission.
Hudson outscored Rice Lake 13-0 in the second half to come back from a three-point deficit and hand the Warriors their first loss of the season, 26-16, in the Raider's homecoming game Friday night, Sept. 26, in Hudson.