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 boys golf team started out last week with a 10th place finish at the 26-team Stillwater Invitational Monday before opening Big Rivers Conference play with matches at Lake Hallie and Lake Wissota later in the week. Hudson finished two strokes behind Eau Claire Memorial in a tie for second place Tuesday at Lake Hallie before slipping to sixth place Thursday at Lake Wissota. Hudson coach Bill Schaub said the conference is evenly matched this year with any one of five teams capable of challenging for the top spot.
Sophomore Bailee Dierks won both hurdle races, setting a new school record in the 100 hurdles in the process, and Hudson's girls posted eight first place finishes on the day to win the team title at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Track and Field Invitational last Friday in River Falls. Dierks broke Sharyn Dahl's 11 year-old school mark in the 100 meter hurdles with a first place time of 14.77 seconds. Dahl, a two-time state champion and member of the Raiders' 2007 state championship winning team, set the old record of 14.99 in 2006.
Raider baseball coach Jason Nell liked the way his team hit the ball against Eau Claire North last Thursday at Grandview Park. But it still wasn't enough to prevent the Huskies from sweeping the home-and-home series. After being shut out 9-0 last Tuesday at Carson Park, the Raiders hung with the Huskies early Thursday at home before North put on three runs in the top of the seventh inning on their way to a 6-1 win in Hudson's "Strike Out Cancer" game.
High School Tennis The Raider boys tennis team fared well at the top of its lineup last Thursday in Menomonie, but couldn't get enough points in the lower half in a 4-3 loss to the Mustangs in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams. Hudson got wins at No. 1 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles but struggled in the lower matches, winning just one game in at least one match in each of the four losses.
UW-River Falls announced last week it will be adding women's lacrosse as its 17th varsity sport beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. UWRF will become the first public institution in the area to sponsor women's lacrosse as a varsity sport in any of the three NCAA divisions. Currently there are 282 Division III institutions that sponsor lacrosse, including approximately 30 in the Upper Midwest.
After opening the week with a 9-7 nonconference victory at Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday, and posting a 10-6 win over Eau Claire North in the first game of a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Thursday at home, the Raider softball team dropped the nightcap to the Huskies, 2-1, before losing a 4-2 decision to Zumbrota-Mazeppa this past Monday.
The Raider baseball team opened Big Rivers Conference play with a home-and-home series against River Falls last week and came out on the short end of both scores, 3-0 Tuesday at Grandview Park and 6-4 Thursday in River Falls. The Raiders rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth Thursday in River Falls but couldn't overcome an early 6-0 deficit to the Wildcats. Five Raider errors led to three unearned runs for River Falls, who opened up a 6-0 lead after two innings.
True team track and field meets are designed to determine the top team based on depth rather that top finishers. The Raiders had plenty of both at last Thursday's Hudson True Team Invitational at E.P. Rock's Newton Field. Bailee Dierks was a double-winner on the girls' side and George Bond, Cole Causby and Paul Sparstad won one event each for the boys to lead the host Raiders to a sweep of the team titles at the 8-team meet.
Eau Claire North completed a season sweep of Hudson in Big Rivers Conference baseball action at Grandview Park, 6-1, while Hudson's girls' soccer team posted an 8-1 victory at Menomonie and the Raider boys golf team tied for fourth at a BRC match at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls Thursday, April 20.
High School Soccer After opening Big Rivers Conference play with a 4-1 victory over River Falls at home last Tuesday, the Raider girls' soccer team couldn't overcome a three-goal halftime deficit Thursday at Eau Claire North and came up one goal short in a 3-2 loss. The Raiders, now 2-1 overall, 1-1 in BRC play, traveled to Superior for a nonconference game Tuesday, April 18, after press time and will visit Menomonie for a BRC match Thursday, April 20, before hosting Rice Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.