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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Seventeen year-old Anna Davenport of Hudson is the 2018 Midwest Log Rolling Champion in the U17 Girls Division after winning the Midwest Log Rolling Championships at a seven state competition in Madison Saturday, June 9.
Long time UW-River Falls women’s basketball head coach Cindy Holbrook has stepped down from her position to take a new role in the UW-River Falls admissions office, the university announced Thursday, June 21.
Seniors Kaiya Sundeen and Colleen Halverson, and freshman Grace O'Brien, have been named to the 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference First Team to lead six Raiders honored by the conference softball coaches for their play this season. Sundeen is a repeat selection to the first team while Halverson was named to the first team after earning honorable mention in 2017. O'Brien was the lone freshman named to the 11-player first team.
Eight Hudson Raider shooting team members traveled to Sturgeon Bay June 10 to participate in the 2018 Wisconsin State Match for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). Approximately 65 shooters from around the state participated in the event using .22 rifles, .22 rimfire handguns and/or centerfire handguns, shooting at steel plates in a variety of configurations. All courses of fire were timed events and were conducted in a series of five strings with the lowest score discarded.
After getting past the Wanamingo Jacks and the host Cannon Falls Bears Saturday, June 16, the Hudson River Rats dropped an 8-3 decision to the Minneapolis Cobras in the title game of the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls Sunday, June 17. The loss snapped Hudson's four-game winning streak, and left them at 7-3 overall heading into their St. Croix Valley Baseball League game against the Elmwood Expos at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Elmwood's new Sportsman's Park. Hudson is currently 4-2 in SCVBL play while Elmwod is 4-3.
The Hudson Football Program is excited to announce its 18th annual ABC Football Camp, along with its third annual Raider Pride Football Camp. These camps offer an excellent environment for developing individual skills, techniques and attitudes at a high intensity level, while still offering a great deal of fun, motivation and excitement for Hudson football and its players. The ABC Football Camp is for athletes in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The Raider Pride Football Camp is for athletes in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
Reed Meyer of the Hudson Raiders Senior/Varsity Division trap shooting team participated in the Wisconsin Junior Olympic Qualifier in bunker trap over Memorial Day Weekend at the Wisconsin Trap Shooting Association home grounds in Nekoosa. Bunker trap, or international trap, is the style of trap that is shot in the Olympics and the clays fly at 68 miles per hour with wider angles versus American trap, where the targets fly at 45 miles per hour.
Augustana College senior MacKay Potter of Hudson earned the Vikings' lacrosse team's Ground Ball Award after winning 163 of 288 (.556) faceoffs this season, the school announced Monday, June 11. Potter is the Vikings' career record holder with 153 ground balls and has taken (876) and won (446) more faceoffs than any player in program history. His .509 career faceoff percentage ranks fourth all-time at Augustana, as do his 63 career games played.
Hudson's 14U Grey girls softball team battled back from a pair of tough losses to take first place at the New Richmond Border Wars Tournament June 9-10. Team members include, front row from left, Rylee Johnson, Ava Breault, Emma McGrath, Esme Mergendahl. Back row, Audrey MacMenamin, head coach Cory Breault, Zoey Page, Ella Swarbrick, Sam Tougas, assistant coach Jim McGrath, Claire Keech, Paige Walz, and assistant coach Paulette Mergendahl. Photo courtesy of Michele Swarbrick
The Hudson 14AAA baseball team went undefeated to take first place in the Rosemount Tournament the weekend of June 8-10. Pictured in front row from left are, Carter Mears, Troy Bounting, Kyler Hove, Wylie Baumer, Joe Rudquist, Ben Parent, and Coach Hove. Back Row, Coach Weadge, Owen Weadge, Quin Tretsven, Charlie Dean, Karson Feyereisen, Ben Land, Owen McCabe, and Coach Parent. Photo courtesy of Stacy Berns