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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Of all the amenities at the new Hudson High School Raider stadium, there's one that's sure to please everybody. "We have running water," athletic director Stephanie DeVos pointed out. "No more porta-potties." Indeed, the men's restroom features six stalls and eight urinals while there are 20 stalls in the women's restroom. There are also three family restrooms; a far cry from the six porta-potties that sat next to the scoreboard at Newton Field.
Forty year-old Jason Finch of Hudson finished nearly 10 full minutes ahead of his nearest competitor to win the 2017 North Hudson Pepper Fest 10K race with a time of 34 minutes, 50.006 seconds Sunday morning, Aug. 20. Josh Rustin was second with a time of 44:22.193 while Hilar Eggen was the top female finisher and placed third overall with a time of 46:03.630. Teri Sharp finished second in the women's competition in 47:20.596 while Sara Miller was third in 49:47.013.
Chase Blackmun's passion has been evident both on the ice and in the classroom during his four years at Hudson High School. Now he's decided where he will pursue both in college. Blackmun, a three-time all-state defenseman and tournament MVP of the Raiders' 2017 state championship winning hockey team, announced on Twitter last week that he will continue his hockey career and education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Hudson's football team looked in midseason form in its 28-10 win over Kenosha Indian Trail Friday, Aug 18, in Kenosha. Despite being outgained 282-258 on offense, the Raiders showed plenty of balance, won the turnover and penalty battle, and got a big second quarter kickoff return to seize momentum and go on to a season-opening win.
Griffin Zacharias, a 2017 graduate of Hudson High School, has earned honorable mention to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Stefans Academic All-State Team for the 2016-17 academic year. Zacharias, a team captain for the Raiders last fall, earned First-Team All-Big Rivers honors while helping the Raiders to an 11-0-0 conference record and BRC title. Hudson finished 14-4-0 overall and reached the WIAA regional championship game.
The Hudson Thunderhawks of the Northern Elite Football League have announced that Anthony Minus will take over as the team's new head coach. Minus comes to the Thunderhawks from the St. Paul Pioneers semi-pro team where he served as offensive coach.
Senior Riley Brown scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 92-yard kickoff return, and Keyser Helterbrand ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another as the Hudson football team defeated Kenosha Indian Trail, 28-10, in the 2017 season opener for both teams Friday, Aug. 18, in Kenosha. Brown opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run with 3:32 left in the first quarter, and after a 27-yard field goal by Indian Trail, he returned the ensuing kick 92 yards to extend the Raiders' lead to 14-3.
Several Hudson area log rollers competed at the 2017 Lumberjack World Championships, July 20-22 in Hayward, Wis., with a number turning in podium finishes in their events. The Lumberjack World Championships is an international competition that has been called the Olympics of the North Woods, a venue where timber sport professionals compete for prizes and coveted titles. Sport divisions include sawing, chopping, climbing, log rolling and boom running.
Dan Loughney led the Hudson High School football team onto the field plenty of times as a player, but last Tuesday, Aug.1, may have been the most special. Loughney, a star fullback on the Raiders' 2011 and 2012 playoff teams, was diagnosed with a brain tumor—a grade 3 glioma—in April 2016 while attending college at UW-Stout. After months of radiation, chemotherapy and MRI's, Raider head coach Adam Kowles asked Loughney to lead the 2017 Raiders onto their new turf practice facility for the first time last Tuesday at the high school.
The Hudson River Rats might have to beat a pair of Merchants to get to the finals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs this season.