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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The Raider volleyball team evened its Big Rivers Conference record at 2-2 with a three-set victory at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 27, before placing fourth overall at the 9-team Mora Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29. Hudson defeated Menomonie by scores of 25-8, 25-11, 25-22 Thursday to move to .500 in BRC play. "Overall it was a very solidly played match for us," head coach Dennis Saathoff said. "We took advantage of our opportunities to score and we didn't get into any situations where we gave up big runs of points."
The Hudson cross country teams ran in one of the biggest meets in the nation Saturday, Sept. 29, with the boys placing 17th out of 55 teams and the girls 40th out of 49 in the Gold Division of the University of Minnesota's 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights. One of the largest meets in the country, the Griak features six collegiate races and four high school races.
The Hudson 12U Fall softball team took second place in the Minnesota Tier 1 State Tournament Saturday, Sept. 29, in Eden Prairie. Team members include, front row from left, McKenna Huset, Lauren Ledbury, and Lauren Fine. Back row, Maddie Schwab, Isabel Carlson, coach Brian Schwab, Ella Carstensen, Sydnee Schaben, coach Jodee Schaben, Makena Maddigan, Faith Bonse, coach Terry Huset, Mel Susa, coach Jon Susa, Madisyn Parker, and Brynn Hayes. Submitted photo
Hudson sophomore Paige Hillman shot a round of 88 at Monday's WIAA sectional tournament at New Richmond, just two strokes shy of earning the third and final individual qualifying spot for next week's WIAA State Tournament in Madison. Hillman and senior Lauren Gertschen were the only two Raiders to advance out of last Wednesday's regional tournament in Superior as Hudson finished fifth overall, just short of earning one of the four team qualifying positions.
Croix Attack / Hudson Volleyball Association will be hosting tryouts for the upcoming season in the next two months. Tryouts for 12's, 13's, and 14's Junior Olympic teams will be will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hudson Prairie Elementary School gym. 14's will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 13's will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 12's will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hudson High School junior varsity volleyball team took first place at its home invitational Saturday, Sept. 22, at the middle school. Team members include, in front, Carolynn McMahon and Brie Daulton. Middle row, coach Pete Galuska, Camryn Helterbrand, Belle Blakey, Libby Neels, Brenna Lundberg, and Olivia Hall. Back row, Maya Susa, Jade Sharretts, Megan Schmidtknecht, Carly Tersteeg, and Marisa Gunderson. Submitted photo
The Saint Patrick School seventh and eighth grade volleyball team took second place at the Saint Agnes Volleyball Tournament the weekend of Sept. 22. Team members include, front row from left, Lauren Goulette, Lauren Pieple, Grace Cook, and Alyssa Miller. Back row, coach Liberty Siwik, Sophie Madigan, Estelle Siwik, Leah Jacobi, Anna Walters, Abby Emmerling and coach Emily Pottratz. Not pictured are Leah Mitchell and Abby Winkels. Submitted photo
Jeff Cogbill wasn't sure what game the kids were playing when he came across them on a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun. "I was driving around the back of the island," he recalled. "A lot of people don't get in their golf carts and drive back there. But there's people living in shacks. And I saw kids with stick and rocks and I finally realized they were trying to play baseball."
River Falls is going to the WIAA playoffs for the first time in a decade while Hudson will make its third straight postseason appearance after both teams posted Big Rivers Conference road victories Friday night, Sept. 28. The Raiders defeated Rice Lake, 34-18 and River Falls beat Chippewa Falls, 34-21, to stay tied for first place in the BRC with Menomonie, all at 4-1 in conference play (6-1 overall).
Paige Hillman and Lauren Gertschen both earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors and the Raider girls' golf team moved up to spots from last year's final standings to finish third in the BRC this year after the BRC Tournament Friday, Sept. 21, in Menomonie.