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 scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 15-2 victory over Rice Lake in the first game before Matthew Barnard hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning of the nightcap to give the Raiders a sweep over the Warriors in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Thursday, May 18, in Rice Lake. The Raiders rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score, 5-5, before Barnard lofted a fly ball to center to score Mason Triebold with one out in the eighth to give Hudson the walk-off win.
Hudson put one singles player and two doubles teams in championship matches at the Big Rivers Conference Tennis Tournament on Saturday, May 13, in Eau Claire, but they couldn't get past their opponents from Eau Claire Memorial as the Old Abes swept all seven flights to win their 21st straight conference title. Hudson took second place in the tournament to finish in a tie for second place in the final BRC standings. The conference position is determined by regular season dual meet results combined with the tournament rankings.
Bailee Dierks swept the girls' hurdle races and Lexi LeFever was a double winner in the sprints while George Bond and Derek Bates won individual titles for the boys as the Raiders swept the team titles at the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Championships that concluded Thursday, May 18, in Menomonie. The meet began Tuesday May 16, in Chippewa Falls but was suspended due to lightning.
High School Tennis The Raider boys tennis team made three trips in three days to Eau Claire last week and came away successful all three times, beating Eau Claire North, 6-1, in a Big Rivers Conference match Thursday and taking second at the two-day Eau Claire Memorial "Great 8" Tournament Friday and Saturday. Hudson won three of four singles matches and swept all three doubles matches Thursday at Eau Claire North.
Hudson's girls took first and the boys finished second in their final meet before the Big Rivers Conference Championships at the 14-team Stan Barr Relays last Friday in New Richmond. The BRC Championship Meet is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, in Chippewa Falls. Last Friday in New Richmond, Hudson swept both the girls and the boys 1600 meter runs with four Raiders finishing in the top nine in both races.
High School Baseball In a game that featured 21 combined runs in the first three innings, 19 total hits and 12 errors, the Raider baseball team's comeback effort came up two runs short to New Richmond on a frigid Thursday afternoon in New Richmond last week. Both teams kicked the ball around early and New Richmond took advantage to build a 13-8 lead after three innings of play. Hudson got a conventional run back in the top of the fifth inning when Jack Klementz walked, Devon Daulton doubled and Elijah Rude delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to center.
Club lacrosse The Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's varsity boys team split a pair of games in Verona last weekend while the junior varsity took home a championship at a tournament in Middleton. The weekend before, the varsity girls' team went 3-0 on its trip to Brainerd, Minn. Last Saturday the varsity defeated Oregon, 11-4, before falling short to Verona, 12-9, despite a four-goal, two-assist effort by senior Tanner Gornick.
High School Golf Rain and cold wiped out last Monday's Hastings Invitational, but the Raider boys golf team found plenty of warm weather and sunshine Wednesday at Superior, and responded with its best 18-hole score of the season to finish second at the 10-team Superior Invite. Led by Tyler Wingad's career-low 74, the Raiders posted a team score of 319 to finish 10 strokes behind first place Eau Claire Memorial.
High School Soccer The Raider girls soccer team blanked Chippewa Falls, 4-0 and topped River Falls, 5-2, in Big Rivers Conference play last week before earning a win and a tie at the UW-Eau Claire Tournament over the weekend. Mady Haines tallied a hat trick against Chippewa Falls Tuesday and McKenna Olson earned the shutout in the Raiders' 4-0 victory. "Our defense played really well and we didn't give up any quality chances," head coach Steve Sollom said.
High School Baseball If there's one indication of the way Raider baseball coach Jason Nell feels about the way his team is playing lately it's the post-game meetings. "Our conversations at the end of the game; they're less lengthy and they're more positive," Nell noted. "And that's a good thing, regardless of the score."