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 continued its domination of Big Rivers Conference opponents by posting a 111-70 victory over River Falls in a dual meet last Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the middle school pool. Hudson jumped out early with both its ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams taking the top two spots in the first event of the night -- the 200 medley relay.
The Raider girls’ cross country team put together its best effort of the season last Saturday to win the Big Rivers Conference Cross Country Championship meet run at Eau Claire’s City Wells Park. Ellen Snyder, Erin Wetzstein, and Sadie Kroll all finished in the top five, Miranda Miller took seventh and Rachel Anderson placed 11th as Hudson won the BRC title with a team score of 30 points, four points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial.
Even Wade Malecha thought it was too good to be true. “I wouldn’t have believed it if you had told me that my first carry of the year I would get hurt, then told me this would happen,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.” Malecha, a senior co-captain on the Raider football team, injured his knee in the team’s first game of the season Aug. 23 at Minnetonka.
There was plenty of hype surrounding Friday night’s battle for the Big Rivers Conference football title between Hudson and Menomonie at Newton Field.
The Raider volleyball team bounced back from an opening set loss to defeat River Falls, 3-2, in its final Big Rivers Conference home match of the season last Thursday at the high school gym. After dropping the first set 25-16, Hudson came back to win the next two, 25-19, 25-17, before River Falls tied it up with a 25-20 fourth set victory, But Hudson answered the ball and posted a 17-15 win in the fifth and deciding set to earn the win. “We had our worst serving performance of the year, but we were able to overcome that with our play at the net,” head coach Dennis Saathoff said. Kayly
Landry Otten threw three touchdown passes and John Uchytil tossed two to help the Hudson Raider football team defeat River Falls, 40-0, Friday night and keep the Little Brown Jug in Hudson for the fifth straight year. Otten and Uchytil combined to throw for 308 yards and the Raiders added 176 yards and a touchdown on the ground as Hudson improved to 6-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and set up a showdown with undefeated Menomonie Friday, Oct.
The Raider volleyball team fell to Chippewa Falls with first place in the Big Rivers Conference at stake last Thursday before finishing fourth at the 12-team Mora, Minn. Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders entered last Thursday’s match tied with Chippewa Falls for first place in the BRC but lost in four sets by scores of 15-25, 25-21, 14-25, 29-31. “It was a good match and a lot of fun even though we lost,” Raider coach Dennis Saathoff said.
Hudson scored the final 21 points of the game to erase a four-point third quarter deficit and post a 35-18 victory over Superior in a Big Rivers Conference football game Friday night, Oct. 4, at Newton Field. The win kept the Raiders undefeated in BRC play with a record of 5-0 (6-1 overall), while Superior suffered its first loss of the season and slipped to 4-1 in the BRC (6-1 overall). Superior failed on all three of its extra-point conversion attempts but took an 18-14 lead on a 31-yard pass from Nick Mehlum to Jake Libal with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter.
River Falls finished third and Hudson placed fourth to keep their seasons alive at the WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf Regional in New Richmond Wednesday. The Wildcats posted team score of 360 while Hudson finished at 402. Eau Claire North won the regional title with 347 and host New Richmond took second with 351. All four teams advance to the Sectional tournament Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. Senior Rachael Meyer paced River Falls with a fifth place score of 84.
Landry Otten threw for 229 yards and four touchdown passes and Braden Marvin and Jake Giordana scored two touchdowns each to lead the Raider football team to a 47-20 Homecoming victory over Eau Claire Memorial Friday night, Sept.