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 gymnastics team posted a season high score on its way to a fourth place finish at the ten-team Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invitational Saturday, Dec. 9. River Falls won the team title with 138.875 and host Chippewa Falls was second with 132.425. Eau Claire North/Memorial was third with 131.75 while Hudson placed fourth with 131.55.
Ethan Vargas of Hudson placed second in the 15-16 year-old boys race at the 2017 AAU Cross Country National Championships at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. Saturday, Dec. 2. Vargas covered the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 12 seconds to earn All-American honors. Over 1,2000 athletes from across the country ran at the meet. Photo courtesy of Darcy Vargas
Five gymnasts from the Hudson School of Gymnastics qualified for the Wisconsin State competition at Vincent High School in Milwaukee Dec. 2-3. From left are Amelia Reisdorf of Hudson, a fourth grader at St. Anne Elementary School; Julia Bounting, of Hudson, a fifth grader at Willow River Elementary School; Anne Markert of Prescott, a third grader at Malone Intermediate School; Emma Hannan of Roberts, a seventh graders at St. Croix Central Middle School; and Kendall Evans of Hudson, a fourth grader at River Crest Elementary School.
The Raider boys basketball team played much better Friday Dec. 8 against Eau Claire North than it did earlier in the week in a 73-54 loss at River Falls, but the outcome wasn't any different against the conference co-favorite Huskies. Raider coach John Dornfeld said Hudson played its best half of basketball this season and went into halftime leading the Huskies, 30-23. But North showed why it's picked by many to win the Big Rivers Conference title this year and outscored the Raiders by 23 points in the second half to post a 67-51 victory.
The Raider wrestling team had little trouble at Eau Eau Claire North Thursday, Dec. 7, cruising to a 77-4 victory over the Huskies for their second straight Big Rivers Conference win of the season. Hudson recorded seven pins, and a technical fall while picking up five forfeits to remain undefeated in BRC duals. The Raiders opened the match with three straight pins from Matthew Feia at 120 pounds, Isaac Hatch at 126 and Peter Hansen at 132 before the Huskies scored their only points of the night with a major decision at 138.
The Raider boys hockey team remained undefeated and handed Eau Claire North its first loss of the season in the process, beating the Huskies 4-1 in its only game last week, Thursday, Dec. 7, at Gornick Arena. Hudson improved to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big Rivers Conference while Eau Claire North lost for the first time after starting the season with three wins and a tie. Jordan Halverson put the Raiders on the board 3 minutes, 19 seconds into the first period with assists from Hunter Danielson and Aaron Squires.
The Raider girls hockey team only played one game last week but it nearly doubled its goal total from its previous two games while staying undefeated on the season. Nine different Raiders scored goals and 14 registered at least one point in a 12-0 shellacking of Superior Saturday, Dec. 9, at Gornick Arena. After taking a 2-0 lead after one, the Raiders erupted for eight goals in the second period on their way to improving to 3-0. Anna Wilgren recorded a five-point night with three goals and two assists with all three goals coming in the second period.
One thing first-year Raider girls basketball coach Jess Carney really likes about this team is the way it bounces back after a loss. She'd just rather it didn't have to. The Raiders were stunned on their home court, 75-63, by previously winless River Falls last Tuesday, Dec. 5. But three nights later they played one of their best games of the year in a 63-51 victory at Eau Claire North. It's the second week in a row the Raiders have followed up a lackluster outing with a crisp, clean win.
Hudson girls tennis senior co-captains and No. 1 doubles teammates Anna Wilgren and Taylor Owens have been named to the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association All-State Second Team for the fall season. Wilgren and Owens went undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and finished the season with a record of 25-3. In addition to winning the BRC title, the pair claimed the Section 1 championships and reached the round of 16 at the WIAA State Tournament before losing to the eventual state runner-ups from Homestead.
By the time Alex Weaver and John Cooper Ramthun swept the top two spots in the 100 yard backstroke in the Raider boys swimming and diving team's season opener against Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Nov. 28, the outcome had long been decided. Hudson had taken first place in every event, including the top two spots in five races on its way to a dominating 123-55 victory that included the final two events of the night running as exhibitions. Six different Raiders earned first place finishes while Hudson swept the relay events.