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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Following a 55-43 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday to improve to 12-8 overall, the Hudson boys' basketball team was given the No. 6 seed in the 14-team regional bracket and will open the playoffs at No. 3 Chippewa Falls next Friday, March 2, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal. The Raiders shook a stubborn Eau Claire North team last Thursday and pulled away in the second half and post a 12-point victory.
The Raider girls' basketball team jumped out to a 16-4 first quarter lead last Friday night at Eau Claire North but the Huskies outscored Hudson 38-11 in the second and third quarters on their way to a 60-43 victory. Saturday afternoon at home against La Crosse Logan, the Raiders dropped a 66-50 decision to the Mississippi Valley Conference leading Rangers. Hudson, now 5-13 overall, 1-9 in the Big Rivers Conference, will wrap up the regular season with three home games beginning this Friday, Feb. 24, against Chippewa Falls. Tuesday, Feb.
Hudson senior Charlie Skinner wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top ten finishes and anchored the Raiders' 400 yard freestyle relay team to a seventh place finish at the WIAA Division 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. Hudson finished 14th out of 39 teams represented at the state meet with 60 points.
Hudson senior Charlie Skinner wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top ten finishes at the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Madison while a pair of Raider wrestlers finished in the top two in their weight classes at the Eau Claire North sectional to qualify for this weekend's state tournament. Skinner took seventh in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 51.94 seconds and eighth in the 200 yard individual medley in 1 minute, 55.63 seconds at the Division 1 state meet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium, Sophomore Willis Skinner also competed
The Hudson High School boys' hockey team defeated Amery, 6-1, in a WIAA Regional final game Thursday night at Gornick Arena while the Raider girls saw their season come to an end with a 6-2 loss to Eau Claire/Altoona in Eau Claire. The third-seeded Raider boys advance to the sectional semifinals to face No. 2 seed New Richmond Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in New Richmond.
The Raider boys' hockey team is riding a wave of goals into the postseason. The Raiders erupted for 17 goals in their final two games of the regular season last week, rocking Chippewa Falls, 7-1, on the road last Tuesday before hitting double-digits in a 10-0 home shutout Thursday over Eau Claire North. Hudson ended the regular season with a record of 11-8-1 overall (8-4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference) and earned the No. 3 seed in the 11-team WIAA regional bracket. They will face the winner of Tuesday night's game between No. 6 Amery and No. 11 Baldwin-Woodville this Thursday, Feb.
If you missed the last five minutes of the second period, you missed all the scoring in the Raider girls' hockey team's final home game of the season last Thursday, Feb.
After coming up one basket short in a one-point loss at Rice Lake back on Jan. 7, last Saturday's rematch between the Raider and Warrior girls basketball teams was all Hudson. The Raiders jumped out to a 28-14 halftime lead on their home court and made their shots down the stretch on their way to defeating Rice Lake, 56-48, for their first Big Rivers Conference win of the season. "It's been a long time coming," head coach Ed Johnson said. "We were able to put everything together and played a complete game.
The Raider boys' basketball team dropped a pair of games last week, 57-38, at Big Rivers Conference leader Rice Lake Friday and 45-37 at home to North St. Paul Saturday. The Raiders, now 6-4 in BRC play, 11-8 overall, will wrap up the regular season with home games this Thursday, Feb. 16, against Eau Claire North and Saturday, Feb. 18, against Stillwater before going on the road to face Chippewa Falls next Friday, Feb. 24. WIAA regional play is set to begin Tuesday, Feb.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Championships in six events while setting three new school records and placing third as a team at the 11-team Division 1 sectional meet last Saturday, Feb. 11 at the middle school pool. Eau Claire Memorial/North won the team title with 406 points followed by Chippewa Falls with 322 and Hudson with 288.5. Senior Charlie Skinner and sophomore Willie Skinner each qualified for state in two events as well as members of the Raiders' 200 yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.