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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Chase Blackmun's passion has been evident both on the ice and in the classroom during his four years at Hudson High School. Now he's decided where he will pursue both in college. Blackmun, a three-time all-state defenseman and tournament MVP of the Raiders' 2017 state championship winning hockey team, announced on Twitter last week that he will continue his hockey career and education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Hudson's football team looked in midseason form in its 28-10 win over Kenosha Indian Trail Friday, Aug 18, in Kenosha. Despite being outgained 282-258 on offense, the Raiders showed plenty of balance, won the turnover and penalty battle, and got a big second quarter kickoff return to seize momentum and go on to a season-opening win.
Griffin Zacharias, a 2017 graduate of Hudson High School, has earned honorable mention to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Stefans Academic All-State Team for the 2016-17 academic year. Zacharias, a team captain for the Raiders last fall, earned First-Team All-Big Rivers honors while helping the Raiders to an 11-0-0 conference record and BRC title. Hudson finished 14-4-0 overall and reached the WIAA regional championship game.
The Hudson Thunderhawks of the Northern Elite Football League have announced that Anthony Minus will take over as the team's new head coach. Minus comes to the Thunderhawks from the St. Paul Pioneers semi-pro team where he served as offensive coach.
Senior Riley Brown scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 92-yard kickoff return, and Keyser Helterbrand ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another as the Hudson football team defeated Kenosha Indian Trail, 28-10, in the 2017 season opener for both teams Friday, Aug. 18, in Kenosha. Brown opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run with 3:32 left in the first quarter, and after a 27-yard field goal by Indian Trail, he returned the ensuing kick 92 yards to extend the Raiders' lead to 14-3.
Several Hudson area log rollers competed at the 2017 Lumberjack World Championships, July 20-22 in Hayward, Wis., with a number turning in podium finishes in their events. The Lumberjack World Championships is an international competition that has been called the Olympics of the North Woods, a venue where timber sport professionals compete for prizes and coveted titles. Sport divisions include sawing, chopping, climbing, log rolling and boom running.
Dan Loughney led the Hudson High School football team onto the field plenty of times as a player, but last Tuesday, Aug.1, may have been the most special. Loughney, a star fullback on the Raiders' 2011 and 2012 playoff teams, was diagnosed with a brain tumor—a grade 3 glioma—in April 2016 while attending college at UW-Stout. After months of radiation, chemotherapy and MRI's, Raider head coach Adam Kowles asked Loughney to lead the 2017 Raiders onto their new turf practice facility for the first time last Tuesday at the high school.
The Hudson River Rats might have to beat a pair of Merchants to get to the finals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs this season.
It was a long and exhausting week of swimming for Hudson Area Swim Association athletes, coaches and families at the 2017 Minnesota State Championships last week, but it was worth it. HASA finished ninth out of 49 teams in the final team standings. Individual High Point Awards went to Sky DuPont for third place in girls age 13-14, Evie Wood for second place in girls 11-12, and Sven Becker for first place in the boys 11-12 with a perfect score of 160.
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.