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 Raider girls' swim and dive team only lost one Big Rivers Conference dual meet this season. And that's the only team they finished behind last Saturday at the BRC Championship Meet in Eau Claire. Hudson, boosted by a record-setting effort in the 400 freestyle relay and conference titles in four different events, compiled a score of 533 at the seven-team meet, second only to Eau Claire Memorial's 653.5.
Hudson senior captain Katie Wetzstein had two goals going into the WIAA State Cross Country Championships last Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Madison -- a top six finish for the team and a top ten placing for herself. Mission accomplished on both fronts. The Raider girls posted their best finish ever at the state meet by placing sixth out of 16 teams while Wetzstein ended her Raider career by finishing ninth in the field of 190 runners. "It's really special; incredible," Wetzstein said moments after learning she and her teammates had taken sixth.
Hudson junior Ryan Kromer finished fourth and the Raider girls posted their best team finish ever at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Kromer crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 47.55 seconds, 12 seconds behind Division 1 champion Chandler Diffee of Madison La Follette. Raider senior Katie Wetzstein posted a top-ten time in the girls' race, finishing ninth in 14:40.52. Alexandria Fons of Franklin was the individual Division 1 champ with a time of 13:56.48. The Raider girls finished sixth overall, their best showing ever at state, with 216 points.
Former Hudson Raider Ben Gresmer was crowned slam dunk champion at UW-River Falls' Midnight Madness, which kicked off the Falcon basketball season overnight Oct. 15-16. Gresmer wowed the judges and crowd at the Karges Center with a series of acrobatic dunks, including jumping over a teammate in a chair who fed him the ball while he was in the air. Gresmer, a 6-foot, 4-inch junior guard at UWRF, was an honorable mention All-Big Rivers Conference selection as a senior on the Raiders' last BRC championship team in 2009.
The Raider girls' swim and dive team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships with a 95-70 victory over Chippewa Falls in the final dual meet of the season last Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the middle school pool. The BRC Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct. 29, at Eau Claire North. Diving competition begins at 10 a.m.
Hudson's Ryan Kromer and Katie Wetzstein swept the individual titles and the Raider girls took the runner-up spot at the WIAA Division 1 sectional cross country meet at Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah last Saturday, Oct. 22. Kromer won the boys' race by 4.5 seconds while Wetzstein finished 14 seconds ahead of the rest of the field to punch their return tickets to state. Wetzstein will be joined by the rest of her teammates who combined for a second place score of 70 at Saturday's sectional. The WIAA State Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct.
The Wisconsin Rapids football team needed a soccer player to help it defeat Hudson Friday night in a WIAA Level 1 playoff game at South Wood County Field. New Rapids kicker Rod Keyzer -- who joined the team at the conclusion of the boys' soccer season -- chipped a bloop kick over the first line of Raider defenders to start the second half and the ball was recovered by Rapids at the Hudson 44 yard-line, leading to the first points of the game. Rapids added another touchdown late in the third quarter en route to a 12-0 victory over Hudson. The two teams were locked in a defensive str
The Raider boys' soccer team saw its five game winning streak, and season, come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Wausau East in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal last Thursday, Oct. 20 in Wausau. Hudson's season ends with a record of 11-11-0, including a pair of wins over Marshfield and top-seed Eau Claire Memorial in the playoffs that earned the Raiders a regional title.
The Raider volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Rhinelander in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal last Thursday, Oct. 22 in Schofield. Hudson won the opening set, 25-17, before dropping the next three by scores of 17-25, 17-25 and 20-25. "It was a very fun match and the girls played hard the whole night," Raider coach Dennis Saathoff said.
Hudson's doubles team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder made it to the round of 16 while singles player Morgan Van Allen finished in the top 32 at the WIAA Girls State Tennis Championships last Thursday and Friday in Madison. Fall and Fassbinder earned second team All-State honors for their performance after going 2-1 at the tournament. Raider coach Dave Dahl said all three seniors wrapped up their careers with tremendous efforts. "These three seniors will be very difficult to replace," he said.