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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Registration for Hudson Booster fall tackle football for players in grades 3-6 is now open at www.hudsonboosters.org . A parents meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6-7 p.m. in the Hudson Middle School cafeteria. A coaches rules meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, from 6-7 p.m. at the Booster Fields shed to discus rules and get any clarifications. Equipment for fifth and sixth grade players will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Booster Field shed with equipment for players in grades 3-4 handed out Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6-8 p.m.
The Hudson River Rats needed to finish in the top six in the final St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings to be eligible for the Wisconsin Baseball Association postseason. They did just that by beating Menomonie, 3-1, on the road Friday, July 27, and Osceola, 6-1, Sunday, July 29, at Grandview Park to finish with a record of 8-8 in league play.
Todd Paulson doesn't take anything for granted. A little over four years ago, at the age of 45, Paulson came down with a severe case of sepsis pneumonia that resulted in a month-long hospital stay at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. As a result he suffered what his doctors described as a "stroke of the optic nerve" that left him completely blind in his right eye and with limited vision in his left.
The Hudson River Rats need to win their final two St. Croix Valley Baseball League games, and get some help, in order to qualify for next month's Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Rats dropped two crucial league games at home over the weekend, losing 5-3 to the River Falls Fighting Fish Saturday, July 21, and 9-3 to the division leading Spring Valley Hawks Sunday, July 22.
UW-River Falls will play the first basketball game in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this November as the facility prepares to host the NCAA Division I Final Four in April, 2019. The Falcons will face the University of St. Thomas in the opening game of the U.S. Bank Stadium Classic Nov. 30, followed by a matchup between the University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. North Dakota State will face Drake and South Dakota State will play Northern Iowa the following day.
Reed Meyer of the Hudson Raiders shooting team senior/varsity division recently competed in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs. Shooting Olympic-style international trap (also known as bunker trap), Meyer placed fourth overall in the men's division and secured a spot on the National Junior Olympic squad, earning a coveted USA Shooting Team vest. Meyer also earned a second place medal in the men's J2 age division (15-17 years).
Dylan LaFaive, in front with sign, threw a perfect game in the Hudson 12UAAA Baseball Tournament against Mahtomedi, throwing 40 pitches and allowing no hits and no walks while his teammates played errorless ball behind him. Other team members were, bottom row from left, Bradyn Bezanson, Hunter Carlson, Sam Schwalbach, Reece Packard, Brennan Nelson, and Landon Zeuli. Back row, Bryce Hartwick, Nathan Michaels, Ross Yaeger, Chase Blair, and Aaron Schwechler. Submitted photo
Nearly 40 members of the Hudson Community Pickleball Association turned out to thank local benefactor Paul Anderson Wednesday, July 11, at the park Anderson built in honor of his late father and grandfather. The occasion was a dedication of a new pavilion, with restrooms, funded by Anderson in the two-acre park the pickleball players call their temporary home.
Kaitlyn Zignego, left, Sara Hoffman and Maddie Matuke of Hudson recently participated in the AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships in Orlando. After going 13-0 during the week, they clinched a spot in the Gold Division championship match and ended with a second-place finish out of 136 teams. Zignego was named to the National AAU 16 Classic All-Star Team. Submitted photo
The month of June found the Hudson Raider Shooting Team competing in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) state shoots held around Wisconsin. The tournaments consisted of the three main clay disciplines of sporting clays, skeet and trap. The trap shooting discipline includes shooting three variations including American trap, handicap trap and doubles trap. Sporting Clays