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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While most of the attention was focused on the Raider football team's first game at the new high school stadium last week, Hudson's boys soccer team was actually the first to play on the new turf field. The Raiders hosted Woodbury under the lights Thursday, Aug. 24, and while the outcome was a 2-1 loss, head coach Steve Sollom said there was plenty to like about the brand new facility.
The newly formed Hudson Tennis Association hosted its first official event called "Rally the Family" Sunday, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix Valley Indoor Tennis Center on Brakke Drive. In conjunction with the Unites States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern organization who provided the instructors, drills and activities, the HTA also had volunteers there to assist with programming throughout the three-hour event.
Sophomore Rachel Ball picked right up where she left off in her state-qualifying freshman season by winning the girls race by nearly a minute at the season-opening Eau Claire North Husky Invitational at City Wells Park Saturday, Aug. 26. Ball ran away from her competition to win the 5,000 meter race with a time of 18 minutes, 27 seconds. Katie Faris of Chippewa Falls was a distant second in 19:23. Ball returns after finishing 15th at the WIAA State Championships in 2016, the only Raider girl to qualify for state.
Stevens Point scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning field goal with 14 seconds remaining, to defeat Hudson, 23-21, in the inagural game at Hudson's new Raider Stadium Friday night, Aug. 25. Hudson reeled off 21 straight points in the third quarter to take a 21-7 lead but couldn't overcome four turnovers in its first loss of the season.
Of all the amenities at the new Hudson High School Raider stadium, there's one that's sure to please everybody. "We have running water," athletic director Stephanie DeVos pointed out. "No more porta-potties." Indeed, the men's restroom features six stalls and eight urinals while there are 20 stalls in the women's restroom. There are also three family restrooms; a far cry from the six porta-potties that sat next to the scoreboard at Newton Field.
Forty year-old Jason Finch of Hudson finished nearly 10 full minutes ahead of his nearest competitor to win the 2017 North Hudson Pepper Fest 10K race with a time of 34 minutes, 50.006 seconds Sunday morning, Aug. 20. Josh Rustin was second with a time of 44:22.193 while Hilar Eggen was the top female finisher and placed third overall with a time of 46:03.630. Teri Sharp finished second in the women's competition in 47:20.596 while Sara Miller was third in 49:47.013.
Chase Blackmun's passion has been evident both on the ice and in the classroom during his four years at Hudson High School. Now he's decided where he will pursue both in college. Blackmun, a three-time all-state defenseman and tournament MVP of the Raiders' 2017 state championship winning hockey team, announced on Twitter last week that he will continue his hockey career and education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Hudson's football team looked in midseason form in its 28-10 win over Kenosha Indian Trail Friday, Aug 18, in Kenosha. Despite being outgained 282-258 on offense, the Raiders showed plenty of balance, won the turnover and penalty battle, and got a big second quarter kickoff return to seize momentum and go on to a season-opening win.
Griffin Zacharias, a 2017 graduate of Hudson High School, has earned honorable mention to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Stefans Academic All-State Team for the 2016-17 academic year. Zacharias, a team captain for the Raiders last fall, earned First-Team All-Big Rivers honors while helping the Raiders to an 11-0-0 conference record and BRC title. Hudson finished 14-4-0 overall and reached the WIAA regional championship game.
The Hudson Thunderhawks of the Northern Elite Football League have announced that Anthony Minus will take over as the team's new head coach. Minus comes to the Thunderhawks from the St. Paul Pioneers semi-pro team where he served as offensive coach.