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 River Falls Youth Hockey Association is offering a free learn to skate program this fall. All boys and girls 4-7 years old in the River Falls, Ellsworth and Prescott school districts that haven't skated with RFYHA before are eligible. Lessons will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 24-Nov. 18. There is no previous skating experience requirement and all equipment provided by RFYHA is free of cost. The first 30 boys and girls to register are guaranteed a spot and equipment use. Pre-register to reserve a space at rfhockey.com/learntoskate.
Now it's crunch time. Since suffering their only loss of the season to Germantown at the Oconomowoc Quad April 21, the Raider boys tennis team has rattled off seven straight victories, including Big Rivers Conference sweeps of River Falls, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire North, and three wins at the Stevens Point Quad last weekend, to improve to 10-1 on the season.
Sixteen women participated in the National Rifle Association's "Women on Target" program and completed the required events at the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club on April 18 and 21. The program introduced women to the sport of shooting and taught the proper safety rules for handling firearms and how to identify, load, unload and shoot handguns and rifles or shotguns. Eight women learned the basics of trap and skeet shooting with shotguns and eight women took part in the handgun and rifle clinic.
After waiting three weeks to get its season started, the Raider baseball team squeezed four games into five days last week, and head coach Trevor Peck said it was a learning experience. The Raiders dropped a 10-0 decision at Prescott in its season opener Monday, April 23, before falling to Jordan, Minn., 11-9, in ten innings in their home opener the following day. Thursday, April 26 they fell 8-3 to New Richmond before losing a 13-3 decision Friday, April 27, in their Big Rivers Conference opener at River Falls.
The only thing that's been able to keep the Hudson boys tennis team down this season is the weather. Since having the first three weeks of the season wiped out by the cold and snow, the Raiders have won six of seven matches, including sweeping River Falls and Chippewa Falls by identical 7-0 scores in their first two Big Rivers Conference matches of the season last week.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball program will host a series of camps for boys elementary and high school players this summer. The Fundamental Youth Day Camp, designed to teach the basic fundamentals of basketball, will be held June 11-14. Session 1 is for players entering grades 3-4 in the fall, and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Session 2 is for players entering grades 5-6, and will be from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $80.
Hudson High School will be hosting a Senior vs. Staff football game on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the new HHS Raider Stadium. Seniors from the class of 2018 are invited to play against the faculty and the public is invited to join the festivities. Activities include contests for prizes, staff pep band and cheer team, and a live concert by the band Yam Haus following the football game. Concessions, food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Seventy-nine year-old Paul Wright attended the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club's very first Youth Day in 1950. "And he wasn't even in the young kids group," Dave Lowe quipped. Wright and Lowe were two of 30 current club members who volunteered to supervise and instruct around 150 kids between the ages of 7-15 at this year's 68th annual Youth Day on the club's 108-acre grounds in North Hudson Saturday, April 28.
After spending four weeks primarily hitting off indoor mats at practice, the Raider boys golf team finally got a chance to get outside last week. And two days later were playing their first match of the season. "As with all other spring sports this year, it has been a strange and difficult beginning to a season," head coach Bill Schaub said. "The team actually was out hitting on grass only two days before the match."
The Raider softball team ended a busy first week with a 3-2 record overall, including winning three of its first four Big Rivers Conference games. Hudson swept Menomonie, 14-3 and 8-2, Tuesday, April 24, at the high school practice field before dropping a 4-0 nonconference decision to Stillwater Thursday, April 26, at Northwestern College. Friday, April 27, they headed north to play Rice Lake and dropped the first game of their twin bill, 8-1, before winning the nightcap, 4-3.