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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Hudson's Anna Wilgren and River Falls' Samantha Krueger are two of four finalists for the prestigious Division 1 girls 2018 WIAA Statewide Scholar Athlete Award, the WIAA announced Thursday, April 19. To determine the 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were selected from each of four WIAA divisions, based on athletic and academic achievement. Overall, 881 seniors were nominated by 455 high schools throughout the state.
Hudson's girls soccer team faced some tough early season tests last week, and came away with a record of 2-2 with both losses coming to state-ranked teams. The Raiders dropped a 3-1 decision to defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial, currently ranked No. 3 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division 1 poll, Thursday, April 26, and lost 2-0 to six-time defending state champion Waukesha Catholic Memorial, the No. 1 team in Division 3, at the Laura Moynihan Memorial Tournament hosted by Catholic Memorial Saturday, April 28.
The Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club will hold its 68th annual Youth Day Saturday, April 28, at the club grounds, 285 Krattley Lane, in North Hudson. All St. Croix Valley youth, parents and family from both sides of the river are invited to attend. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Firearms, shells, ammunition, bows, arrows, and all safety and protective equipment will be provided at no charge.
Kaiya Sundeen went 4-for-7 with a double, home run, six RBI and four runs scored as the Hudson softball team opened the season by sweeping Menomonie, 14-3 and 8-2, in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 24, on the Hudson High School field. Sundeen's three-run home run in the opener highlighted a 10-run fourth inning to break the game open for the Raiders. She finished 3-for-3 in the win with four RBI and three runs scored.
Senior Lexi LeFever won two events and finished second in another, and junior Bailee Dierks, sophomore Rachel Ball and senior Emma Newman claimed one individual title each to lead the Hudson girls to a first-place team finish at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Track and Field Invitational Friday, April 20, at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse.
This hasn't been an ideal spring for high school athletes, and that's why the Raider boys tennis team was thrilled to finally play outside at the Oconomowoc Quad Saturday, April 21. Actually, Oconomowoc wasn't even able to host its own tournament because of last weekend's snowstorm, so the event was moved to nearby Sussex Hamilton High School, where the Raiders posted a record of 1-1 in the great outdoors. To complicate matters, Hudson was limited to just 11 of its top 20 varsity players when the rest stayed home for Saturday's high school prom.
Hudson Raider Clay Target Team Week of April 15-21 The Hudson Raider Clay Target Team came out on top over the Baldwin-Woodville Sport Shooting Team. The varsity squad posted an impressive 122/125 score with two perfect rounds by Ben Diethert and Jordan Persinger. Next week the Raiders face the Amery Warrior Shooting Club. Collegiate Athlete Score Bradyn Lundquist 22 Noah Haslup 19 Collegiate Total 41 Senior/Varsity Ben Diethert 25 Jordan Persinger 25 Joshua Ochocki 24 Nathan Madison 24
The Hudson girls soccer team had to do a little improvising to get its Big Rivers Conference game with Menomonie last Thursday. And the improvisation carried over once the game started. The Raiders and Mustangs met on Hudson's turf practice field after the game was moved from Menomonie to Hudson due to unplayable conditions in Menomonie. But Hudson's Raider Stadium still had too much snow remaining on it from the weekend blizzard, resulting in the teams meeting on the snow-free practice field on the northwest corner of the high school campus.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the Hudson Raiders as the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament. Other winners of the prestigious sportsmanship recognition for the winter state tournaments are Valders in boys basketball, Marshall in girls basketball, D.C. Everest Co-op in girls hockey, and Ellsworth in team wrestling.
UW-River Falls' freshman forward Callie Hoff of Hermantown, Minn. has been named the USCHO women's D-III rookie of the year. Hoff led all NCAA Division III freshmen in goals (20) and points (37) and was second in assists (17). Not only did she lead all rookies in scoring, she was 15 points clear of the nearest freshman. She ended the season 13th in the country in goals scored. Only two other freshman that even cracked the top 40 in national scoring.