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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Four days after hosting the eight-team Hudson Invitational last Tuesday, the Raider cross country teams traveled to St. Paul Saturday to compete in one of the biggest cross country meets in the nation. The 26th annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, was held at the Les Bolstad golf course on the St. Paul campus. The event features 11 high school and college races and over 4,000 participants. This year the Raiders competed in the Gold Division, considered the stronger of the two large school races.
Most people in Big Rivers Conference tennis circles figured Eau Claire Memorial would win Saturday's conference tournament. And they did. But Hudson didn't make it easy for them. Kelsie Hines won a conference title at No. 4 singles and the Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder teamed up for a championship at No. 1 doubles as the Raiders finished second to the Old Abes Saturday in Eau Claire. Eau Claire Memorial finished with 38 points at the tourney and, coupled with their undefeated regular season record, claimed the conference title by four points over Hudson.
Last week was a busy, and record-setting, week for the Raider girls swim and dive team. The Raiders picked up dual meet victories over Simley and Menomonie and took first place at Saturday's 10-team Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North while setting a number of school and meet records along the way. Devin Cicha set her second school record of the year in the 200 freestyle against Simley last Tuesday and broke the Raider record in the 500 freestyle Thursday against Menomonie before ending her week with a meet record in the 200 freestyle at the Husky Invite. Hudson set two other me
Rice Lake scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play with a 23-21 victory over Hudson Friday night in Rice Lake. Luke Miller's second touchdown pass of the game to Alexandar Herink gave the Raiders a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Hudson couldn't overcome two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Tyler Smrcina's 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Sam Somerville's extra point gave Hudson 7-6 lead but the Raiders trailed 14-7 at halftime. Miller found Herink for a 32-yard touchdown midway through the third quar
Hudson's Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race by nearly 30 seconds to lead five Raiders in the top 20, and Ryan Kromer was edged by two-tenths of a second for first place in the boys' race, at the Rice Lake Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday in Rice Lake. The Raider girls finished first out of 30 teams at the invite with a team score of 48.
Despite slow starts in each set last Tuesday night against Menomonie, The Hudson volleyball team bounced back to win three of the four sets to post a 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Indians. Raider head coach Dennis Saathoff said the slow starts have been a trend with the Raiders so far this season. "We have struggled all year with slow starts and it happened again against Menomonie," he said.
Hudson's Cassie Wurm fired a 79 in blustery conditions Wednesday to earn a five-stroke victory at the 2011 Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament at the Hudson Golf Course. The victory earned Wurm her second straight BRC Player of the Year honor. Hannah Van Amber of Eau Claire North was second with 84. The Raiders finished second as a team Wednesday with a total score of 375. River Falls won the team title with 359.
The Raider girls' tennis team picked up a pair of Big Rivers Conference victories last week to set up a showdown with Chippewa Falls this past Tuesday, Sept. 20, for second place in the conference standings on the line. The Raiders breezed to a 6-1 victory over Rice Lake last Tuesday before pulling out a hard-fought 4-3 win Thursday at Eau Claire North. "With all the distractions of homecoming week, I was happy to get two conference wins," Raider coach Dave Dahl said.
Raider senior Cassie Wurm solidified her position as the frontrunner for the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Award by earning medalist honors at the final BRC mini-meet of the season last Thursday at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. Wurm carded a 9-hole score of 38 to take first place, three strokes better than runner-up Hannah Van Amber of Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls took first in the team competition with a total score of 175, followed by Rice Lake in second with 180, Hudson third with 187, Eau Claire North fourth with 191 and Eau Claire Memorial fifth with 203.
The Raider boys' soccer team picked up a 2-1 road win at Woodbury last Thursday night, Sept. 15 before dropping a 3-1 decision to Eastview, Minn., Saturday morning at the middle school field. Earlier last week, the Raiders came out on the short end of a 2-1 Big Rivers Conference score at Chippewa Falls. The Raiders hosted Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday night, Sept. 20 and will host Menomonie this Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.