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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As the final seconds ticked off the clock in last Thursday's 1-0 Raider victory over Eau Claire Memorial, head coach Chuck Bublitz said it was a great moment for the Hudson team and the program. The win not only clinched a WIAA regional title for the eighth-seeded Raiders and sent them into this Thursday's sectional semifinal at No. 4 Wausau East, but it ended the top-seed Old Abes three-year run at the WIAA State Tournament. "An awesome win against a great team," Bublitz said. "It was a game we fought for until the very end.
Following a three-day delay, the WIAA released its Division 1 and Division 2 football playoff brackets early Tuesday afternoon after a judge ruled that a suburban Milwaukee team has the right to play in the postseason. According to the tentative brackets, the Hudson Raiders will travel to Wisconsin Rapids Friday at 7 p.m. for a Division 1 playoff game.
Hudson will have to wait until at least 10 a.m. Tuesday to find out where it will open the WIAA football playoffs. A Milwaukee County judge granted the Messmer/Shorewood football team a temporary injunction late Monday afternoon that will prevent the Division 1 and 2 brackets from being released. Division 3 through 7 brackets were released Monday evening. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
A dispute between a suburban Milwaukee football team and the WIAA will leave the Hudson Raiders, and every other playoff team in the state, waiting until at least 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to find out where they will open the postseason next weekend. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Milwaukee County Court to determine the playoff eligibility of the Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
Hudson was all business Thursday night in its regular season finale, forcing five turnovers and racing out to a 31-0 lead on its way to a 48-7 victory over Eau Claire North at Newton Field. The win puts the Raiders' final regular season record at 5-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, 6-3 overall, as they await Saturday's announcement of the WIAA playoff pairings. Thursday night's win over the Huskies was the Raiders' third in a row and avenged a loss at Eau Claire North last season. Quarterback Luke Miller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Griff Christensen and Frank Snyder scored on an 8-yard
Freshman Devin Cicha set a new school record in the 50 yard freestyle and Hudson took first in seven events in a 96-69 victory over Rice Lake in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet last Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the middle school. Cicha set a new school mark of 24.78 seconds to win the 50 freestyle while teammate Ellie Kiecker was second in 27.98.
Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race and Ryan Kromer took first in the boys' competition to lead the Raiders to first and third place team finishes at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Saturday, Oct.
The Raider volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Big Rivers Conference leading Eau Claire North last Tuesday before placing fourth at the 12-team Mora, Minn., Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday, Oct. 11 at home against Chippewa Falls and will compete in the BRC Tournament this Saturday, Oct. 15 in Chippewa Falls. WIAA Regional play gets underway Thursday, Oct.
The Raider boys' soccer team opened the WIAA playoffs this week fresh of a three-game winning streak. The Raiders last two victories came by identical 2-0 scores over Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls last week. Both victories avenged losses to the same teams earlier this season and gave the Raiders a final regular season record of 5-7-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, 7-11-0 overall. Hudson earned the No. 8 seed in the 16-team regional and opened the postseason Tuesday against No. 9 Marshfield (6-10-2).
The Raider girls' tennis team's No. 1 doubles pair of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder, along with No. 1 singles player Morgan Van Allen, needed to win just one match at last Wednesday's Stevens Point sectional to qualify for state. Mission accomplished. Van Allen reached the first flight semifinals, and clinched her trip to state, by winning her quarterfinal match, 6-2, 6-2, against her opponent from Wausau West. She lost her next two matches to eventually finish fourth. Fall and Fassbinder didn't stop with their convincing 6-1, 6-1 quarterfinal victory over Marshfield.