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 was a good day for Hudson High School sports teams Thursday. The Raider soccer team downed River Falls, 5-2, the softball team swept Eau Claire Memorial, 4-1 and 8-7, the baseball team beat Menomonie for the second time in three days, 11-0, and the boys' tennis team rolled over Eau Claire North, 6-1.
Jake Johnson was a freshman at UW-River Falls when he saw a couple of guys carrying lacrosse sticks around campus. "I thought, what is that? It looks like a butterfly net," the Webster native said. "Then I tried it and I fell in love with the game and I haven't walked away since."
After struggling at the plate and in the field in a 7-1 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Menomonie last Friday, the Raider softball team collected nine hits and turned in a game-ending double play to earn a 6-4 win in the nightcap. Hudson's lone run in the opener came in the top of the third inning when Kaiya Sundeen singled and scored on a double by Colleen Halverson. Katie Cardell struck out six Mustangs, but the Raiders were plagued by five untimely errors in the field. Hudson's bats came alive in the nightcap with solo home runs by Halverson and Cardell.
Hudson baseball coach Jason Nell and the Raiders are planning to honor area veterans when the team hosts Hopkins this Saturday, May 6, at noon at Grandview Park. “We want to get as many military veterans; men, women, all ages, to come out and its a salute to them,” Nell said. “It's something I've always wanted to do and I'm pretty fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of great people here who want to do it.”
The Raider baseball team picked up its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season with an 8-5 victory at Menomonie while Hudson's softball team split a doubleheader with Rice Lake in high school sports action Tuesday, May 2.
The Raider boys tennis team made the long trip to Oshkosh last Saturday and came home with a tournament title from the Oshkosh North Quad, defeating Oshkosh West, 4-3 and Oshkosh North, 5-2, before clinching first place, 4-3, with an improvised lineup against Monona Grove. After opening with two wins, Isaac Young, half of the Raiders No. 1 doubles team, and Andrew Bolles, the Raiders No. 4 singles player had to leave to return to Hudson to sing in a Hudson High School Chamber Choir Concert. No problem.
Bailee Dierks and Lexi LeFever were double winners for Hudson's girls and Cole Godbout and Cole Causby each won titles for the boys at the Hopkins True Team Track and Field Invitational last Tuesday in Minnetonka. Dierks came within an eyelash of breaking her second school record in a week by winning the 300 meter hurdle race in 44.91 seconds. The current mark of 44.11 was set by two-time state champion Sharyn Dahl in 2007.
After getting off to a slow start on a cold, windy and rainy day in Superior last Tuesday, the Raider girls soccer team put up seven goals in a Big Rivers Conference win over the Spartans before topping that total by one in an 8-0 victory at Menomonie two days later. The pair of victories upped the Raiders' record to 4-1 overall, 3-1 in BRC play heading into conference matches against Rice Lake and Eau Claire Memorial this week before an overnight trip to Milwaukee for three games at the Laura Moynihan Tournament.
The closest thing the Hudson boys tennis team has to a home court this season are the courts at River Falls High School where the Raiders practice. So last Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Wildcats was as close to a home win as the Raiders are going to get this season.
The Raider boys golf team started out last week with a 10th place finish at the 26-team Stillwater Invitational Monday before opening Big Rivers Conference play with matches at Lake Hallie and Lake Wissota later in the week. Hudson finished two strokes behind Eau Claire Memorial in a tie for second place Tuesday at Lake Hallie before slipping to sixth place Thursday at Lake Wissota. Hudson coach Bill Schaub said the conference is evenly matched this year with any one of five teams capable of challenging for the top spot.