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 and boys cross country teams both claimed Big Rivers Conference championships for the second straight year by dominating their competition at the 2017 BRC Meet in River Falls Saturday, Oct. 14. The Raider girls posted a team total of 27 points, 39 points ahead of second place Menomonie, while the boys finished 17 points ahead of Eau Claire Memorial with 35. Sophomore Rachel Ball won the girls' individual title and junior George Bond won the boys' race while 14 Raiders earned spots on all-conference teams.
Hudson senior Taylor Cicha swims the butterfly at the annual Dick Clark Swimming and Diving Invitational at the middle school pool Saturday, Oct. 14. The Raiders took first out of six teams at the event, held in honor of longtime diving coach Dick Clark, who died in 2015. Earlier in the week the Raiders defeated Eau Claire Memorial, 109-75 to improve to 5-0 in Big Rivers Conference dual meets. They can wrap up the regular season conference championship with a victory at Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of Paul Stein
After winning four of it last five games to close out the regular season, including three straight last week, the Raider boys soccer team hopes to keep the momentum going in the postseason. The Raiders defeated River Falls, 3-1, Tuesday Oct. 10 and Eau Claire North 3-0, Thursday, Oct. 12 before picking up a big 3-0 victory over Wausau West at home Saturday, Oct. 14.
Northwoods League owners announced Wednesday, Oct. 11, that the Hudson-based St. Croix River Hounds will join the league as its newest expansion franchise beginning with the 2019 baseball season. The River Hounds will make their home in a new stadium that will be part of a multi-use campus planned for the old 130-acre St. Croix Meadows dog track.
The Little Brown jug will stay in Hudson another year. The Raiders kept the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the Hudson-River Falls football game each season with a 38-7 victory over the Wildcats Friday night, Oct. 13, in River Falls. The win capped a 7-2 regular season for the Raiders (6-1 Big Rivers Conference) while River Falls finished 2-7 (2-5 BRC).
The Raider girls cross country team dominated the competition at the Old Abe invitational in Eau Claire Saturday, Oct. 7, while the boys traveled to Wisconsin Rapids to get a taste of the state competition and finished second to a strong Stevens Point team at the Wisconsin Rapids Invite. Both teams will compete at the Big Rivers Conference Championships on the UW-River Falls intramural fields this Saturday. Oct. 14, and head coach Don Krupa said the Raiders are ready to lay everything on the line.
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.