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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A 1-0 loss to River Falls Thursday, Oct. 11, didn't prevent the Raider boys' soccer team from winning its third Big Rivers Conference championship in four years. The Raiders took care of that with back-to-back shutouts of Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls earlier in the week, beating the Huskies, 4-0, in a makeup match Monday, Oct. 8, at home and Chippewa Falls, 2-0, Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the road. Hudson finished the season 10-1-1 in BRC play while Eau Claire Memorial was second at 9-1-2.
Hudson football coach Adam Kowles didn't have to worry about his team becoming distracted by homecoming in the week leading up to last Friday night's game against Eau Claire Memorial. The Raiders are focused on winning a Big Rivers Conference title, and they looked sharp from the opening snap on their way to a 43-21 victory that kept them tied with River Falls atop the BRC standings.
The Hudson volleyball team only played one match last week, but it was a big one. The Raiders christened the newly-remodeled high school gym with a homecoming week, four-set victory over Rice Lake Thursday, Oct. 4, to keep them in contention for a second-place finish in the Big Rivers Conference. Hudson defeated the Warriors by scores of 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21 in the inaugural sporting event in the glistening new school gymnasium.
The St. Croix Curling Center will host two "Learn to Curl" sessions before the beginning of its inaugural season Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 at the St. Mary's Point Ice Arena, 2489 Itasca Ave., in Lakeland, Minn. The center is encouraging anyone interested in learning the sport of curling to attend the sessions. The first, on Sunday, Oct. 28, will begin at 4 p.m. and the other, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Equipment will be provided.
Mary Sikulu is crowned 2018 Hudson High School Homecoming Queen by 2017 queen, Alexa Tennant, at the school's pep fest Friday, Oct. 5, in the high school gym. Olivia Gierke was named First Princess and Anna Thielke was crowned Second Princess. The Raider football team made the night a complete success by beating Eau Claire Memorial, 43-21, later that night. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
Keyser Helterbrand ran for four touchdowns and threw for another-- all in the first half-- and the Raider football team remained tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 43-21 homecoming victory over Eau Claire Memorial Friday, Oct. 5, in Hudson. The outcome, coupled with River Falls' 40-16 win over Superior and Menomonie's 26-20 loss to Rice Lake, leaves the Raiders and Wildcats tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with one game remaining.
The Hudson boys’ soccer team still controls its own destiny in the race for the Big Rivers Conference title after playing Eau Claire Memorial to a 1-1 tie Thursday night, Oct. 4, at Raider stadium. Tieg O'Kelly gave Hudson a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute before Eau Claire Memorial's Mitchell Brenner scored the equalizer eight minutes into the second half.
The race for the Big Rivers Conference boys' soccer title could be a lot clearer, or a lot more muddled, by the end of the week.
Booters open WIAC play 2-0 The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field. UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday. Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.
Tyler Grosz of Hudson competed in the Eau Claire Superset Level 6 USTA tennis tournament held at the John and Fay Menard YMCA Tennis Center, Sep. 22. Each match was an 8 game pro set. Grosz, seeded number one, won four matches (8-1, 8-0, 8-4, 8-2) to capture the title, defeating two conference foes from Eau Claire Memorial, who were seeded No. 2 and No. 3, in the semifinals and finals to capture the title. Submitted photo