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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The Raider gymnastics team wasn't content with posting a season-high score of 132.8 in its dual meet against River Falls last Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The Raider boys' hockey team scored five second-period goals on its way to a 10-2 victory at Menomonie last Tuesday, Jan. 24 before coming up just short in a 4-2 loss to Big Rivers Conference leader Eau Claire Memorial on Thursday. Dylan Haskins had four goals, including two shorthanded goals less than a minute apart, in Tuesday's rout of the Mustangs. Hudson took a 3-1 first period lead on goals by Josh Dardine, Lawrence Pruitt and Taylor Casey.
Big Rivers Conference wrestling fans have had last Thursday's regular season finale between Hudson and Chippewa Falls circled on their calendars since the beginning of the season. The match between the only two remaining undefeated conference teams lived up to expectations, but in the end Chippewa Falls held on for a 30-26 victory on its home mat to hand the Raiders their first BRC loss since 2004 and snap their six-year BRC title run. The loss left the Raiders with a record of 5-1 in BRC duals while Chippewa Falls finished at 6-0. Hudson reeled off four straight victories from 160
Following a 48-38 nonconference loss at home to Edina, Minn. last Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Raider boys' basketball team went on the road and posted a 46-43 Big Rivers Conference victory over Eau Claire Memorial Friday to improve to 4-3 in conference play. Hudson, now 9-5 overall, will visit Menomonie (5-3, 8-7) Thursday, Feb. 2 before returning home to host River Falls (4-4, 6-9) Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. They'll hit the road for a nonconference game Monday, Feb.
The Raider wrestling team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference duals with a 70-3 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday, Jan. 19 before taking first place at the Shell Lake Wrestling Challenge for the third year in a row on Saturday, Jan. 21. The win over the Huskies sets up a showdown this Thursday, Jan. 26, between the BRC's two remaining undefeated teams -- Hudson and Chippewa Falls. Both teams are 5-0 in conference duals and will square off at 7 p.m.
Dylan Haskins scored two goals and Daniel Tripicchio had a goal and two assists while Matt Strachota recorded his second shutout of the season in the Raider boys' hockey team's 5-0 nonconference victory over Somerset last Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Gornick Arena. Haskins scored the first two goals of the game to raise his team-leading total to 16 as the Raiders improved to 7-6-1 overall. Hudson, 4-2-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, visited Menomonie (10-6-0, 3-5-0) this past Tuesday, Jan. 24 and will travel to BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial (12-2-2, 6-1-0) Thursday, Jan.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team finished third last Saturday at the eight-team Husky Invitational in Eau Claire. Eau Claire Memorial/North won the team title with 370 points followed by Chippewa Falls with 265 and Hudson with 242. River Falls placed fourth with 130 followed by Superior with 116, Menomonie with 95, Holmen/ Onalaska with 89 and Rice Lake with 88. The Raiders will host their final dual meet of the season this Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the middle school against Chippewa Falls. Saturday, Jan.
Every time the Raider boys' basketball team appeared on the verge of catching Chippewa Falls Friday night (Jan. 20), it would come up short. Whether it was a turnover, missed shot or one of eight Cardinal three-pointers, the Raiders were forced to play from behind all night in a 58-50 Big Rivers Conference loss. "I thought we had our chances early in that game to get up on them, however we would turn them over and then miss on our end, or turn it over ourselves," Raider coach Jason Swavely said.
The Raider girls' basketball team couldn't sustain a strong first quarter at Chippewa Falls last Friday night and the eighth-ranked Cardinals pulled away in the second half for a 58-30 victory. Chippewa Falls improved to 11-1 with the victory, 4-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, while Hudson fell to 3-7 overall, 0-5 in the BRC. Raider coach Ed Johnson said his team couldn't keep its early momentum going. The Raiders had an 11-9 first quarter lead before being outscored 14-4 in the second quarter. "We got off to a good start and hit some shots early," Johnson said.
Not only was last week one of the busiest of the season for the Raider boys' swimming and diving team, it was also one of the most successful. The Raiders won three straight dual meets at Simley last Tuesday, Jan. 10, Rice Lake Thursday at home, and Superior Friday, before taking first at the Head of Lakes Invitational in Superior Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14. Among the other highlights of the week was a new school record set by Charlie Skinner in the 500 yard freestyle Thursday against Rice Lake.