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 had Big Rivers Conference leader Eau Claire North on the ropes Thursday, Feb. 1 in Eau Claire, but couldn't quite close the deal. After forcing a Husky turnover on an inbounds pass with 14 seconds remaining, the Raiders had possession in their offensive end trailing by one. But a tipped entry pass and a Raider foul put North's Dalton Banks on the free throw line with one second left and Banks made one of two shots to give the Huskies a 51-49 victory.
Eight straight wins have put the Raider girls basketball team right back in the hunt for the Big Rivers Conference championship. The Raiders extended their winning streak to eight straight with a come-from-behind 48-44 victory over Eau Claire North Tuesday, Jan. 30, and a dominating 46-27 win over Superior Friday, Feb. 2. Tuesday's win over the Huskies boosted Hudson's record to 7-2 in the BRC, one-half game behind first place Chippewa Falls, while Friday's nonconference win over the Spartans moved their overall record to 12-7.
Third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial scored twice in the final eight minutes, including an extra-attacker goal with 1:33 left, to forge a 2-2 tie with top-ranked Hudson in Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey action Tuesday night, Feb. 6, at Hobbs Arena. The tie left Hudson with a half-game lead over the Old Abes in the BRC, giving the Raiders a chance to clinch their third straight conference title with a win over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Feb. 8, at Gornick Arena.
The top-ranked Raider boys hockey team has weathered every storm so far this season while compiling a perfect 21-0 record. But unranked Rice Lake nearly spoiled that run last Thursday night at Gornick Arena. Despite outshooting Rice Lake 38-3 in the first two periods, the Raider boys hockey team couldn't shake the Warriors until senior captain Ben Lundeen scored the go-ahead goal with under seven minutes remaining. Lundeen added a pair of empty-netters in the final 1:40 for his third and fourth goals of the period and the Raiders skated away with a 5-2 victory.
The Hudson High School Raidaires Dance Team took second place at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships in La Crosse Saturday, Feb. 3. The team made Raidaires history by placing second in both Division 1 Hip Hop and Division 1 Jazz, their highest placement ever in the Jazz division. Three Hudson dancers also competed in the solo division and all three—junior Chloe Hoff and seniors Lizzy Hughes and Jordy Nack—were named to the Wisconsin All-State Dance Team.
Despite outshooting Rice Lake 38-3 in the first two periods, the Raider boys hockey team couldn't shake the Warriors until senior captain Ben Lundeen scored the go-ahead goal with under seven minutes remaining Thursday night, Feb. 1 in Hudson. Lundeen added a pair of empty-netters in the final 1:40 for his third and fourth goals of the period and the top-ranked Raiders remained undefeated with a 5-2 win.
After Hudson's wrestling team won its fourth straight Big Rivers Conference championships and 10th conference title in the last 13 years with a 51-28 victory over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Jan. 25, head coach Chris Hansen had nothing but praise for the team's seniors. "This senior class went 23-1 and won four conference titles over their career," he noted. "That is an amazing feat that speaks highly of their talent and dedication."
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.