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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Senior Rocky Harmon has been named the 2012 Big Rivers Conference Boys' Soccer Player of the Year, leading a contingent of six Raiders named to All-BRC teams. In addition to Harmon, juniors Ben Klundt and Alex Schnobrich also earned spots on the all-conference first team and seniors Henry Brose and Alek Spasic were named to the second team while senior Seth Blum received honorable mention. The Raiders finished second in the BRC with a record of 10-2-0 with both losses coming to conference champion Eau Claire Memorial.
Quarterback Mike Hommes threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more as the sixth-ranked Hudson football team swamped Bay Port, 46-14, in a WIAA Level 2 playoff game Friday night, Oct. 26, in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders, now 10-0 on the season, advanced to face No. 4 ranked Appleton North Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in Stevens Point. Appleton North defeated Stevens Point, 17-14, in its Level 2 game. Hommes threw touchdown passes of 62-yards to Chuck Peterson and 16-yards to Alex Herink.
Hudson's volleyball team couldn't sustain any momentum last Thursday night in Menomonie and saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to the Mustangs in a WIAA regional semifinal. The ninth-seeded Raiders fell to No. 8 Menomonie by scores of 20-25, 18-25, 13-25. "We played pretty well and did some real good things, but Menomonie played great defense and capitalized on our mistakes and we just couldn't sustain any runs of our own," Hudson coach Dennis Saathoff said.
If the success of the Hudson girls' swimming and diving team so far this season is any indication, the Raiders are in for quite a postseason. That postseason run begins this Saturday, Oct. 27 when Hudson hosts the Big Rivers Conference Meet at the middle school pool beginning at 10 a.m.
Hudson senior Ryan Kromer earned his fourth trip to state and the Raider girls' finished second to qualify for state as a team at the WIAA Division 1 cross country sectional last Saturday in Menomonie. Kromer ran away with the boys' sectional title, beating second place Trent Powell of River Falls by 38 seconds with a time of 15 minutes, 45.8 seconds. The Raider girls earned their trip to state with a second place total of 79 points.
A shootout loss, by its nature, is heartbreaking. When that loss comes in the seventh round of a sudden death shootout with a berth at the state tournament on the line, it's downright gut-wrenching. That's what happened to the Raider boys' soccer team last Saturday in a WIAA sectional semifinal at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls.
Hudson scored on its first two possessions of the game and opened up a 17-0 first quarter lead on its way to a 31-0 win over Eau Claire Memorial in a WIAA Level 1 playoff game Friday night, Oct. 19, at Newton Field. The Raiders will face Bay Port, 19-17 winners over D.C. Everest, in a Level 2 playoff game Friday, Oct. 26, at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. Raider defensive back Josh Evenson picked off a pass on Memorial's first play from scrimmage to give the Raiders the ball at the Old Abe 39-yard line.
The Raider boys' soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over Wausau East Thursday night, Oct. 18, to advance to the WIAA Division 1 sectional final Saturday, Oct. 20, against Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson (19-4-2), the No. 2 seed in the 16-team bracket, and the top-seeded Old Abes (20-2-1) will meet for a berth in the state tournament at 2 p.m. at Chippewa Falls High School's Dorais Field.
Members of the Raider football team, including Emerson Korum (22), Vince Lindstrom (62), Joseph Kelly (35), Alex Burgess (95), Blake Amborn (25) and Mike Hommes (10) celebrate with their classmates in the student section at Williams Stadium after the Raiders defeated Menomonie, 34-7, to win the Big Rivers Conference championship last Friday night in Menomonie. The victory capped a perfect 8-0 season for Hudson, who earned the No. 2 seed in Group A of the WIAA playoff bracket and will host Eau Claire Memorial in a first-round playoff game this Friday night, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Newton Field.
After blowing out Superior, 10-0, in their WIAA regional semifinal last Tuesday, the Raider boys' soccer team played what head coach Steve Sollom called, "the worst 20 minutes of soccer we've had all season," in Thursday's regional final against Menomonie. In the end the Raiders were able to overcome their struggles, posting their second straight playoff shutout to win the regional title with a 4-0 victory. "We didn't handle adversity very well and it nearly cost us," Sollom said.