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 High School's first football game of the 2012 season isn't until Aug. 25, but the sound of cracking pads and whistles filled the air last week. Head coach Adam Kowles and his staff put the Raiders through five days of WIAA-sanctioned practice, culminating with last Saturday's third annual Navy-White Spring Game at Newton Field. Kowles said the team the its fans have embraced the annual event, and looks forward to continuing to the event each spring. "I think we're trying to build a tradition here," he said.
Four members of the Raider softball team have been recognized by the conference coaches with selection to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Junior Kindra Witthus was named to the All-BRC First Team and seniors Lexi Smith and Maya Triebold were selected to the second Team while senior Steph Little earned Honorable Mention. Raider coach Jim Revoir said he was thrilled to see the four Raiders recognized for their play this season. "I think the girls worked really hard to earn it and they all deserve it," he said.
Juniors Mike Hommes and Todd Mork head up a field of eight Hudson players who have been named to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference baseball teams. Hommes and Mork were both named to the All-BRC First Team while seniors Brett Steinwagner and Kellen Pearson, and sophomore Miles Lewis, were named to the Second Team.
The Raider baseball team put it all on the line in last Thursday's WIAA sectional round in Chippewa Falls, going 11 innings to defeat Marshfield, 5-1, in a semifinal game before putting the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh of the championship game only to come up short in a 4-2 loss to Stevens Point. Hudson had won seven straight before Stevens Point ended their season in the sectional title game.
Hudson High School graduate Davis Drewiske, who won a state high school hockey championship with the Raiders in 2001, played on the University of Wisconsin's 2006 national championship team, realized the dream of hockey players everywhere Monday night when he hoisted the Stanley Cup after his Los Angeles Kings team defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, to win the franchise's first National Hockey League title. Drewiske, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound defenseman with the Kings, took his turn carrying the Stanley Cup around the Staples Center ice along with the rest of his teammates after the Kings
Both Hudson representatives at the WIAA State Boys Tennis Tournament lost their opening matches last Thursday, May 31 in Madison. Max Hawksford fell to Chayce Roecker of Kettle Moraine, 6-1, 6-2 in singles play while the team of Jeff Dahl and Griffin Robertson dropped a hard-fought 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-10 decision to Andy Krugler and Charlie Bostwick of Whitefish Bay in the doubles bracket. Hawksford ends his senior season with a record of 20-6 while Dahl and Robertson finished 16-6. Raider coach Dave Dahl said Hawksford had been playing well leading up to his third straight trip to the
Hudson girls' soccer coach Allie Knutson has been stressing fast starts all season long. Last Thursday, in the Raiders' WIAA regional soccer semifinal at home against Chippewa Falls, the Raiders scored within the first three minutes of each half and kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in a 4-0 victory. Saturday, the No. 7 seed Raiders traveled to second-seeded D.C.
There's an old saying in sports that it's hard to beat a team three times in a season. The Raider softball team found that out the hard way in its WIAA regional semifinal against River Falls last Tuesday, May 29. After sweeping a doubleheader from the Wildcats during the regular season, 7-3 and 15-0, the No. 3 seed Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 seed River Falls on a Wildcat solo home run in the top of the seventh. The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 12-9 while River Falls advanced to Thursday's regional final where it lost, 8-1, to No.
Hudson scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to post a 5-1 victory over Marshfield in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday in Chippewa Falls before falling to Stevens Point, 4-2, in the sectional final later in the day to come up one win short of a berth in next week's state tournament. The Raiders finished the season with a record of 16-9 while Stevens Point improved to 21-6 and will face Oconomowoc Tuesday, June 12, in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game in Appleton. Hudson scored four times, getting three hits and taking advantage of four walks in the inning, to snap a 1
Maybe it was the shirt. Or maybe Hudson junior Ryan Kromer is simply one of the best distance runners in the state of Wisconsin. Kromer, wearing the same jersey his father John wore for Hudson in the 1979 state meet, passed two runners in the final 100 meters to finish second in the 3200 meter run Saturday and earn his second medal at the 2012 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Kromer's first medal came in Friday's 1600 meter race by virtue of a sixth place finish.