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 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.
Hudson hockey coach Brooks Lockwood says he always wants his team playing its best at the end of the season. The Raiders are sure taking that to heart.
>Raider junior Cole Godbout finished second in his first state tournament appearance and junior Jacob Anderson became just the fifth two-time state place winner in school history at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison last weekend.
Hudson's boys hockey team earned a return trip to state with a 7-0 victory over Superior in the WIAA Section 1 final Saturday, Feb. 25, at Gornick Arena. Hudson got two goals and an assist apiece from Dan Lienemann and Cole Danielson. Aaron Grounds added a goal and three assists and Chase Blackmun had a goal and two assists while Isaiah Bewell scored one goal.
The top-ranked Hudson girls' and boys' hockey teams combined to outscore their opponents 17-2, in Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Gornick Arena to advance to their respective WIAA sectional championship games this weekend. The Raider girls defeated the Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset/New Richmond),, 7-2 in the first game of the sectional semifinal doubleheader before the boys took care of Somerset, 10-0, in the nightcap.
Eighth-seeded Amery was no match for No. 1 Hudson as the Raiders rolled to a 13-0 victory in a WIAA boys hockey regional final Thursday night at Gornick Arena. Hudson scored seven goals in the first period while outshooting the Warriors 64-7 in the game to advance to the sectional semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 21, against fourth-seeded Somerset. The Spartans defeated Baldwin-Woodville in overtime, 3-2, to move on.
Jake Midby and Jacob Anderson each moved up a weight class and earned wins, and Cole Godbout, Isac Schnidler and Leo Draveling posted three successive pins midway through the match, and the Hudson wrestling team held off Marshfield for a 36-33 victory in a Division 1 team sectional in Stevens Point Tuesday night, Feb. 14. The victory earned the Raiders their third straight berth in the WIAA State Team Tournament in Madison March 3-4.
On the list of season goals for the Raider boys' hockey team, winning the Big Rivers Conference title and earning the No. 1 seed in the sectional are always included. Check, and check.
Hudson was leading the Central Wisconsin Storm, 4-0, with about six minutes remaining last Saturday in Wausau when the Raiders were called for a tripping penalty. "I asked the girls, 'do you hear that?'" head coach Greg Gamache said about the silence in the Storm's home rink. "And they said, 'what?' And I said 'exactly, we killed their spirit.'"