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 Hudson boys hockey team's dominance of the Big Rivers Conference this season was reflected with six Raiders named to 2017-18 All-BRC teams, including senior defenseman Jordon Halverson being named Player of the Year and head coach Brooks Lockwood garnering Coach of the Year.
The UW-River Falls Athletic Department will host a Trivia Night Saturday, March 24, at Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, 414 S. Main St., River Falls. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with free appetizers for all participants. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be four rounds of trivia, each with a different theme—"River Falls" trivia, "Sports" trivia, "Music" trivia and "Potpourri" (random trivia).
Former Hudson Raider Kraig Urbik announced on Twitter last week that he is retiring from the National Football League after nine seasons with three different teams. Urbik most recently played with the Miami Dolphins in 2016 before being released on an injury settlement before the 2017 season due to a knee injury. "Unfortunately, it became clear that while rehabbing from my latest knee injury, I wasn't coming back with a full recovery," he wrote on Twitter.
UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink of Hudson is a repeat selection to the All-WIAC First Team while classmate Brennan Witt earned honorable mention and senior Devin Buckley was named to the All-Sportsmanship team, the conference announced last week. Herink led the Falcons in scoring for the second straight season with an average of 15.4 points per game. His 39 three-pointers and 114 free throws were both the most by any Falcon and he was the team's second-leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 per contest.
Hudson assistant boys hockey coach Dean Talafous has seen a lot of great hockey over the years, first as a player at the University of Wisconsin and in the National Hockey League, then as coach of a national championship team at UW-River Falls before moving on to the University of Alaska-Anchorage. But perhaps no team has impressed him more than the Raiders did in their 7-1 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in the championship game of the WIAA State Tournament Saturday, March 3, in Madison.
Senior Anna Wilgren capped her high school career by being named to the All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey First Team for the fourth straight year and earning first team All-State honors for the third time to headline a list of six Raiders to earn postseason awards. Joining Wilgren on the All-BRC First Team was senior goalie Cassie Schultz while senior defenseman Molly Schuett, senior forward Lexie Nelson and junior forward Sydney Hendricks were named to the second team and freshman forward Nikki Olun received honorable mention.
The Hudson Pee Wee B1 team won the championship at the Chippewa Falls Tournament last weekend. Team members include, front row from left, Mick Marlow, Hunter Carlson, Noah Hanson, Bryce Hartwick and Dalton Haskins. Middle row, Nicholas Logan, Chase Gornick, Will Kowalsky, Davis Miller and Mike Mauer. Back row, Ian Rude, Reese Thompson and Owen Gooder. Not pictured is Charlie Fitch. The team is coached by Matt Mauer and assistants Dan Rude and Bill Hartwick. Submitted photo
Freshman Paige Hillman finished 10th in the individual all-around and the Raiders finished seventh in the team competition at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Friday and Saturday, March 2-3.
The Raider boys basketball team saw its season come to an end with an 87-57 loss to Appleton West in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday, March 2, in Appleton. Eli Hartjes scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half to help the Terrors open up a 17-point halftime lead, 44-27, and Appleton West outscored Hudson by 13 points in the second half on their way to the 30-point win. Appleton West entered the game as the No. 5 seed in the sectional while Hudson was No. 12.
UW-Eau Claire's Mariah Czech scored 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blugolds to a 3-2 victory over UW-River Falls in the WIAC women's hockey O'Brien Cup championship game at Hunt Arena Saturday, March 3. The loss ended UWRF's streak of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances while sending Eau Claire to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.