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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With the exception of a little glitch in a doubleheader at Rice Lake last Thursday, the Raider softball team put on quite an offensive performance last week. Hudson opened the week by sweeping River Falls, 7-3 and 15-0, last Tuesday, May 1. After being swept Thursday, May 3 at Rice Lake, 13-3 and 12-2, the Raiders bounced back to post double-digits in two games Saturday, May 5, defeating St.
The Raider girls' soccer team moved one game over .500 and into fourth place in the big Rivers Conference standings with a 4-0 shutout victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 1 at the middle school field. The win gives the Raiders a record of 3-2-1 heading into games this week at BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial (6-0-0) Tuesday, May 8 and Menomonie (0-6-1) Thursday, May 10.
The Raider baseball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers in Big Rivers Conference play last week, 9-7 Tuesday, May 1 at Chippewa Falls and 4-3 in nine innings Friday, May 4 at Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead at Chippewa Falls and led 5-2 in the second before the Cardinals struck for five runs in the fourth inning and two unearned runs in the fifth to take a 9-5 lead. The Raiders cut the gap to 9-7 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth but that's as close as they could get. Friday at Carson Park in Eau Claire, the Old Abes came back on three d
Raider senior Charlie Skinner will be recognized as an all-state swimmer in two individual events and join teammates Willie Skinner, August Jorgensen and Sawyer Arndt as Honorable Mention All-State for the 400 yard freestyle relay when the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association honors its 2011-12 All-State teams at its annual banquet this Sunday, May 6, in Hartford. Charlie Skinner, who was Honorable Mention All-State in the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard butterfly last year as a junior, moved up to All-State status in both events this year.
The Raider girls' soccer team scored a season-high six goals in a Big Rivers Conference win over Rice Lake last Tuesday, April 24 before playing Eau Claire North to a 1-1 tie in its first road game of the season on Thursday, April 26. The Raiders, now 2-2-1 in BRC play, hosted Chippewa Falls (1-3-1) this past Tuesday and will play a nonconference game at Somerset this Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m.
The Raider track and field teams show no signs of letting up heading into the stretch run of the season. Both the boys' and girls' teams took first at both the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational and the Rice Lake Invitational last week. The teams will compete at the New Richmond Relays this Friday, May 4, and the Rochester Mayo Invitational Saturday, May 5, before preparing for the Big Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday, May 15, at Eau Claire North. "We have a few great meets coming up this week and the athletes have been doing well," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
Lexi Smith homered twice in the opener and Kindra Witthus went deep in the nightcap as the Raider softball team swept Menomonie, 15-3 and 4-2, in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday, April 26 in Menomonie. Smith did it all in game one, limiting the Mustangs to two runs over the first six innings in the circle while cracking a three-run home run and a grand slam at the plate.
The Raider boys' tennis team continued to flex its muscles in Big Rivers Conference play with a pair of 7-0 victories over Eau Claire North and Menomonie last week. The two wins kept the Raiders undefeated in BRC play at 3-0 heading into their conference match Thursday, May 3, at home against River Falls.
Mike Stoskopf didn't hesitate when asked what he'll miss most about coaching the Raider boys' hockey team. "The kids," he said. "The humor. Seeing kids push through and having courage. When everybody comes together, there's not much better than seeing a bunch of happy high school kids." Stoskopf announced his retirement as Hudson High School's boys' hockey coach last week after 24 years on the Raider bench.
The Raider baseball team spent three days alone in first place in the Big Rivers Conference after a 6-0 victory over Rice Lake last Tuesday, April 24, but a 9-1 loss Friday, April 27 to defending state champion Eau Claire North left Hudson a half-game back of the Huskies heading into this week's action. Hudson, 4-2 in BRC play, 7-4 overall after a 10-5 nonconference victory over East Ridge (Minn.) last Thursday, played a road game at Chippewa Falls this past Tuesday and will visit Eau Claire Memorial on Friday, May 4. Saturday, May 5, they play a nonconference game at South St.