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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Hudson had three place-winners for just the second time in history at the WIAA State Individual Tournament over the weekend, with seniors Dima Hawksford and Derek Schindler, and junior Eliot Motu all finishing fifth in their respective weight classes. Along with senior Austin Koski, the Raiders combined to win 12 matches at the state tournament, the most in team history. "It was a great weekend," Raider coach Chris Hansen said.
The Raider girls' hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 7-2 loss to the WSFLG Blizzard in a WIAA regional final last Thursday night in Grantsburg. The third-seeded Blizzard (Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg) advanced to the sectional semifinals against the St. Croix Valley Fusion, while Hudson's season came to an end with a record of 6-13-1. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the first period, thanks to a goal by Raider junior Sydney Squires, but the Blizzard scored four times in the second period to open up a commanding 5-1 lead.
The Raider girls' basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak and finished off a season sweep of River Falls with a 60-44 victory over the Wildcats last Friday night in River Falls. The Raiders led from the opening tip-off, opening up an 18-11 first quarter lead and never looking back while moving a game ahead of Menomonie into fifth place in the Big Rivers Conference standings. "The girls really needed this one and I couldn't be happier for them," head coach Joe Behnke said. "It was nice to see all their hard work get rewarded tonight.
After posting their third straight Big Rivers Conference victory with a 52-40 win at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, the Raider boys' basketball team squandered a 13-point halftime lead and fell to River Falls, 52-43, Friday in Hudson. The split leaves the Raiders with a final regular season record of 8-14 overall, 5-7 in BRC play, heading into this Friday night's (Feb. 22) WIAA regional semifinal in Marshfield. The Raiders, the No. 6 seed in the bracket, face the third-seeded Tigers (12-10) at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to take on either No. 2 D.C. Everest (15-7) or No.
Hudson came home with one top ten finish from the 89th annual WIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last Saturday in Madison as the Raiders' 200 yard freestyle team tied for ninth place with a time of 1 minute, 30.06 seconds. Juniors August Jorgensen, Miles Townsend, Sawyer Arndt and Willie Skinner came in one-hundredth of a second faster than the team from Appleton North/East to tie Sheboygan South for ninth place. Madison Memorial won the race with a time of 1:25.29. The same four Raiders also finished 19th in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:21.55.
The Raider wrestling team turned in one of its best days ever at last Saturday's Marshfield Sectional, getting four individuals through to the state tournament, putting seven wrestlers on the awards podium, and scoring the second most sectional points in team history. "We had a great day," head coach Chris Hansen said.
Michael Hommes had a goal and an assist and Josh Mattis stopped all 27 shots he faced to lead Hudson to a 3-0 victory over Somerset in a WIAA boys sectional semifinal game Tuesday night in Somerset. The third-seeded Raiders (19-5-0) advanced to this Friday's sectional final game against top-seeded Superior (16-8-1) with a berth in next week's WIAA State Tournament on the line. Superior moved on with a 4-1 victory over No.
After all the anticipation leading up to last Friday night's showdown between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial for the Big Rivers Conference championship, it took just 12 seconds for the Raiders to take control. Parker Shefveland scored just 12 seconds after the opening faceoff, assisted by AJ Romanoski and Adam Lipps, and the Raiders never trailed on their way to clinching the BRC title with a 3-2 victory over the Old Abes. The win was one of four posted by the Raiders in a busy week of action that saw them end the regular season with a record of 17-5-0 overall and claim their first BRC cha
Juniors Willie Skinner and Sawyer Arndt each qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in two events and teamed up with classmates August Jorgensen and Miles Townsend to earn berths at state in two relay events at last Saturday's Division 1 sectional meet at the middle school pool. Hudson finished second at the 11-team sectional to third-ranked Eau Claire Alliance (North/Memorial) with a total of 303 points.
Hudson wrestling coach Chris Hansen couldn't hide his enthusiasm over the Raiders' first place finish at the 12-team Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix County Conference Challenge Saturday. "Truth is, Saturday was probably our finest individual tournament we have had in the nine years I have been the coach," Hansen said. "It was the perfect combination of great wrestling and luck, coupled with some bad luck by our opponents. Seemed everything went our way." Hudson went into the tournament without a No.