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 boys golf team cut five strokes off its first-day total but it wasn't enough to catch River Falls or Chippewa Falls at the two-day season-opening Western Wisconsin Invitational hosted by Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville April 7-8 at Bristol Ridge and Pheasant Hills golf courses. The Raiders shot 345 Friday at Bristol Ridge and came back Saturday with 340 for a third place total of 685. River Falls won the 23-team tournament with 666 while Chippewa Falls was second with 669.
Jason Nell has coached baseball in a lot of places in the last 20-plus years, from Somerset and River Falls to Dubuque and Estherville, Iowa. And through all that time his wife, the former Lisa Olson of Hudson, has followed him wherever he went. Until last year. "Finally one day I said you know what; you apply for a job and if you get it I'll move," Nell said. "She's a teacher and she applied for a job in White Bear Lake, she gets an interview and they hire her for the following season in a span of one week. So I said. OK, I guess we're moving."
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 Hudson True Team Track and Field Invitational Thursday, April. 13, at Newton Field.
High School Tennis The Raider boys tennis team won 14 of 20 matches in scrimmages against New Richmond and River Falls last Thursday in New Richmond. But those wins didn't count. Saturday's results did count however, and the Raiders responded by going 2-1 to take second at the Hastings Quad in their first official action of the season. Head coach John Knutson said the Raiders learned a lot about themselves Thursday in New Richmond and Saturday at Hastings, but there's still a lot of tennis to play this season.
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.