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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It's hard to believe the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships are less than a week away. But by all indications, the Raider girls are ready to make a run at their third straight conference title. The Raiders finished second behind River Falls at the 15-team Stan Barr Relays in New Richmond Friday, May 4, setting up a battle with the Wildcats for the BRC title next Tuesday, May 15, in Menomonie.
After knocking on the door two days earlier at Lake Hallie Golf Course, the Raider boys golf team posted its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season Thursday, May 3, at a 9-hole match at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders posted a season-best score of 149 to take first, two strokes better than Rice Lake and three ahead of Eau Claire Memorial. The victory moved the Raiders into third place in the BRC standings, 2.5 points behind co-leaders Rice Lake and Eau Claire Memorial.
College of St. Scholastica sophomore Anika Kling of Hudson was part of two Saints relay teams to win conference titles at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Outdoor Championships Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, in Duluth. Kling teamed up with Sammi Argir, Breanna Shofner and Mel Avinon to win the 4x100 meter relay with meet record time of 49.2 seconds. It was the first time the Saints won that event since 2015. The same four members captured the 4x400 meter title with a time of 4 minutes, 6.16 seconds.
Trying to play catch-up with the schedule after all the cancellations to start the season may have taken a toll on the Raider girls soccer team last week. Three days after a weekend trip to Milwaukee the Raiders traveled to Chippewa Falls and played flat in a 0-0 tie. Two nights later they lost to River Falls for the first time since 2013 by a score of 4-1. Then last weekend they fell 4-0 to Kimberly and 5-2 to D.C. Everest at the UW-Eau Claire Spring Classic.
The battle for the regular season Big Rivers Conference boys' tennis crown will have to wait a few more days after the match between undefeated co-leaders Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial was suspended due to rain Tuesday, May 8, in Hudson. The match will resume where it left off on Thursday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. at the Hudson High School courts.
Hudson baseball coach Trevor Peck knew it was only a matter of time. After struggling in four losses to open the season, the Raiders settled down and swept Menomonie in a home-and-home series last Tuesday and Thursday before pushing Big Rivers Conference co-leader River Falls to extra innings on Friday. The Raiders beat Menomonie, 2-0 and 9-4 before falling 3-1 to River Falls.
Former Raiders Sadie Kroll and Maddie Nelson each won individual titles to help the UW-La Crosse women's track and field team capture its seventh straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Outdoor Championships at UW-River Falls' Ramer Field Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Kroll, a senior, won her second straight conference title in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 40.25 seconds. She becomes the eighth runner in conference history to accomplish the feat.
The Hudson 10AAA baseball team qualified for the state tournament by taking second place at its home tournament May 5-6. Team members include, front row from left, Bergen Aune, Spencer Bullis, Chase Johnson, Jace Mataczynski, Boz Berg and Blake Caruso. Middle row, Cooper Adair, Myles Howe, Sam Manchester, Sam Abrahamson, Ben Englund and Brady Swanson. In back are coaches Chris Abrahamson, Jeff Mataczynski and Derek Howe. Photo courtesy of Heidi Bullis
After dropping a 7-5 nonconference decision at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, the Raider softball team regained its winnings ways with Big Rivers Conference doubleheader sweeps of Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North sandwiched around a 6-4 nonconference victory at Superior. The Raiders combined for seven home runs in their five wins, including four by Paige Meyer.
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.