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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High School Soccer Opening the season on the road against the 10th-ranked team in the state with a new coach didn't faze the Raider girls' soccer team last Saturday. Senior Catie Woodley scored the only goal Hudson would need in the first half and the Raiders dominated possession to hand Wisconsin Rapids its first loss of the season, 1-0. First-year head coach Steve Sollom, who has added the girls' program in addition to coaching the boys in the fall, said the Raiders are still a work in progress.
The Raider boys' hockey team had one of the best seasons in program history in 2016-17, posting a record of 27-2-1, claiming its second straight Big Rivers Conference title and winning Hudson's third state championship with a 2-1 victory over Waukesha North three weeks ago. Those achievements were recognized with six Raiders earning spots on the 2016-17 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State teams, including seniors Chase Blackmun and Anthony Howard as repeat selections.
Hudson's boys' hockey team won its third state title in program history and first since 2004 with a 2-1 victory over Waukesha North in the the WIAA State Championship game Saturday, March 4, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Raiders got power play goals from George Nuutinen and Chase Blackmun and goalie Anthony Howard made 19 saves, including eight in the third period with the game on the line.
For the first time this postseason the Hudson boys' hockey team was outshot and allowed a goal. It didn't matter. Aaron Grounds scored twice, Cole Danielson and Dan Lienemann had a goal apiece and Anthony Howard made a postseason-high 24 saves as the Raiders defeated Wausau West, 4-1, in a WIAA State Tournament semifinal Friday, March 3, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
The Hudson wrestling team lost to defending state champion Kaukauna, 47-13, in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament Friday, March 3, at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse in Madison. Hudson's victories came from Jacob Anderson with an 18-7 major decision at 160 pounds, Cody Cicha with a 6-0 decision at 170, and Cole Godbout with a pin in 25 seconds at 220.
Aaron Grounds, Dan Lienemann, George Nuutinen and Cole Danielson each scored a goal and Anthony Howard recorded his fourth straight postseason shutout as the Raider boy's hockey team blanked Eau Claire Memorial, 4-0, in a WIAA State Hockey quarterfinal game Thursday, night, March 2, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Hudson hockey coach Brooks Lockwood says he always wants his team playing its best at the end of the season. The Raiders are sure taking that to heart.
>Raider junior Cole Godbout finished second in his first state tournament appearance and junior Jacob Anderson became just the fifth two-time state place winner in school history at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison last weekend.
Hudson's boys hockey team earned a return trip to state with a 7-0 victory over Superior in the WIAA Section 1 final Saturday, Feb. 25, at Gornick Arena. Hudson got two goals and an assist apiece from Dan Lienemann and Cole Danielson. Aaron Grounds added a goal and three assists and Chase Blackmun had a goal and two assists while Isaiah Bewell scored one goal.
The top-ranked Hudson girls' and boys' hockey teams combined to outscore their opponents 17-2, in Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Gornick Arena to advance to their respective WIAA sectional championship games this weekend. The Raider girls defeated the Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset/New Richmond),, 7-2 in the first game of the sectional semifinal doubleheader before the boys took care of Somerset, 10-0, in the nightcap.