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 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.
The public is invited to a meeting of the Raider Pride Council on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m., in the Willow River School auditorium. The Raider Pride Council is a Hudson School District athletic advisory council consisting of coaches, both past and present, parents, athletes, administrators and interested citizens -- all volunteers -- who have a desire and passion to make Hudson athletic programs the best in the state. The council has been meeting monthly for over a year.
After pushing Chippewa Falls to five sets in a 3-2 loss last Tuesday, Oct. 11, then sweeping Baldwin-Woodville, 3-0, two nights later, the Raider volleyball team was poised for strong performance at Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Tournament. Despite losing three close matches in round robin play, Hudson ended the day with a 3-1 victory over Menomonie to finish in seventh place. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said he believes the team will rebound when it begins WIAA regional play Thursday, Oct.
Hudson cross country coach Don Krupa called Katie Wetzstein, "The shining star" in the Big Rivers Conference this year, while Ryan Kromer simply blew away his competition. Wetzstein defended her championship in the girls' race while Kromer won the boys' race by 28 seconds over his nearest competitor as the Raiders crowned two individual BRC cross country champions for the first time in school history. Hudson has competed in boys' cross country since 1967 while the girls' program began in 1978. Wetzstein crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 56.2 seconds to edge River Falls' Paige
As the final seconds ticked off the clock in last Thursday's 1-0 Raider victory over Eau Claire Memorial, head coach Chuck Bublitz said it was a great moment for the Hudson team and the program. The win not only clinched a WIAA regional title for the eighth-seeded Raiders and sent them into this Thursday's sectional semifinal at No. 4 Wausau East, but it ended the top-seed Old Abes three-year run at the WIAA State Tournament. "An awesome win against a great team," Bublitz said. "It was a game we fought for until the very end.
Following a three-day delay, the WIAA released its Division 1 and Division 2 football playoff brackets early Tuesday afternoon after a judge ruled that a suburban Milwaukee team has the right to play in the postseason. According to the tentative brackets, the Hudson Raiders will travel to Wisconsin Rapids Friday at 7 p.m. for a Division 1 playoff game.
Hudson will have to wait until at least 10 a.m. Tuesday to find out where it will open the WIAA football playoffs. A Milwaukee County judge granted the Messmer/Shorewood football team a temporary injunction late Monday afternoon that will prevent the Division 1 and 2 brackets from being released. Division 3 through 7 brackets were released Monday evening. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
A dispute between a suburban Milwaukee football team and the WIAA will leave the Hudson Raiders, and every other playoff team in the state, waiting until at least 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to find out where they will open the postseason next weekend. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Milwaukee County Court to determine the playoff eligibility of the Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.