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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Brooke Bahner was an athlete looking for a sport. "I wanted to be in sports my whole life but I wasn't good enough because I kind of have a lack of dexterity," the soon-to-be Hudson High School senior said. "When people were throwing balls at me I'd either duck or miss."
Following a late-inning meltdown against the league-leading Prescott Pirates the weekend before, the Hudson River Rats posted a pair of road victories last weekend to move into a three-way tie for first place in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. Friday, June 16, at Osceola, Paul Johnson and Brian Sparstad held the Braves scoreless and Brady Gunderson highlighted a three-run sixth inning with an RBI single in a 3-0 River Rats victory.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — St. John's University senior Daniel Tripicchio of Hudson was named a College Sports Information Directors of America at-large Academic All-American for the second consecutive year June 6.
After playing one of its best games of the year in a 7-0 win over Chippewa Falls in its WIAA regional semifinal Thursday, June 1, and defeating D.C. Everest, 2-1, in the regional final Saturday, June 3, the hill gets a little steeper for the Raider girls soccer team as it moves into the sectional round.
Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Abigail Stowe of Eau Claire Memorial scored two goals in the first eight minutes and the Old Abes added an insurance goal in the 78th minute to defeat Hudson, 3-1, in a WIAA Division 1 girls soccer sectional semifinal Thursday, June 8, in Eau Claire.
Bailee Dierks doesn't just want to run fast. "Anyone can just sprint," the Hudson sophomore said. "But having an object in the middle and trying to sprint is another challenge. And I love the challenge; it's always fun." So much fun that Dierks took home a pair of individual medals in the hurdle races from the WIAA State Track and Field Championships June 2-3 in La Crosse, including a state runner-up finish in the 100 meter hurdle finals.
One week after beating River Falls in a one-hole playoff to win the regional title at New Richmond, the Hudson boys golf team and River Falls found themselves playing an extra hole again at the Marshfield Sectional Tuesday, May 30, at RiverEdge Golf Course. This time with a berth at state on the line. The Raiders and Wildcats tied for second after 18 holes of regulation with scores of 330 each. Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 320, leaving Hudson and River Falls to battle it out for the second and final state qualifying spot.
Sophomore Bailee Dierks earned three medals, including one with the Raider girls' 4x200 meter relay team, to highlight Hudson's contingent at the 2017 WIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
The seventh-seeded Hudson softball team blanked No. 10 Menomonie, 4-0, in a WIAA regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24 but couldn't get past Big Rivers Conference champs and second-seeded Chippewa Falls in the regional final two days later as the Cardinals ended the Raiders' season by a score of 14-4. Katie Cardell pitched a four-hit shutout and Angela Huepfel hit a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Menomonie.
Hudson beat River Falls in a one-hole playoff to capture the regional title at the WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Regional at the New Richmond Golf Course Tuesday, May 23. The Raiders and Wildcats both finished with team scores of 321 to advance to the sectional tournament Tuesday, May 30 in Marshfield along with third place Eau Claire Memorial (323) and fourth place Eau Claire North (329).