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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My friend Vinny from Bayonne called me last week. "Hey Bobby! Didj-a hear da Big Apple is closin?" No! The Big Apple Sports Palace? In Bayonne? The place that for over 40 years has served, hands-down, the best thin crust pizza in the world? The one last meaningful reason I have left to visit New Jersey? "Hey-uh Bobby, don't-ja still got family here?" Vinny reminded me. Yeah, but it won't be the same.
Ty Huber hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with under a minute remaining, then nailed a 3-pointer from the corner with four seconds left to give the Raider girls' basketball team a 76-73 victory over Wausau West in the championship game of the Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational in Marshfield last Thursday night.
Hudson scored the first six points of the game and never looked back on its way to posting a 69-51 decision over host Marshfield in the first round of the 8th annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Everything went just as expected for Hudson's wrestling team in a 44-24 victory over Mahtomedi Dec. 15, but Mother Nature had the final say Saturday, Dec. 17.
Last year's two Big Rivers Conference meetings between the Hudson and Eau Claire North girls' basketball teams were decided by one point, so why should this year's first meeting be any different?
Hudson's wrestling team has known for a long time that it would be opening the 2016-17 season against a tough River Falls team that tied for second in the Big Rivers Conference last year. But the Wildcats were no match for the Raiders last Thursday night in River Falls, as Hudson won 11 of the 14 matches, including five straight at the end, to post a 55-18 BRC victory.
The Raider football team battled back from a 12-point halftime deficit to take a 27-26 lead early in the fourth quarter but couldn't hold on as Stevens Point ended Hudson's season with a 41-27 victory in a WIAA Level 2 playoff game in Stevens Point. Aaron Squires scored a pair of touchdowns 42 seconds apart to cut the Panther's lead to 26-24 late in the third quarter. Keyser Helterbrand's second field goal of the game, from 33-yards out, put Hudson ahead 27-26, with 7:03 remaining.
Hudson's boys' cross country team qualified for the WIAA State Championships for the second straight year and 17th time in the program's history by winning the sectional title at the Division 1 sectional meet at Lake Wissota Golf Course last Saturday, Oct. 22, in Chippewa Falls. The entire boys team will be joined by freshman Rachel Ball, who qualified as an individual in the girls' race with a second place sectional finish.
After hanging on for a 23-15 regular season win over Chippewa Falls just two weeks earlier, Hudson football coach Adam Kowles knew it would be a challenge to get past the Cardinals in their WIAA Level 1 playoff game Friday, Oct. 21, at Newton Field.. Kowles' team was up to the challenge, scoring a late touchdown to take a 19-14 lead, then holding off a late Cardinal charge to advance to a second round playoff game this Friday, Oct. 28, in Stevens Point.
Shawn Peecher knows a thing or two about painting a football field. “Paint with your butt towards the bleachers,” he said. “It gets the paint on the right side of the grass blade and its shows up best from the stands.”