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 girls' soccer coach Allie Knutson has been stressing fast starts all season long. Last Thursday, in the Raiders' WIAA regional soccer semifinal at home against Chippewa Falls, the Raiders scored within the first three minutes of each half and kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in a 4-0 victory. Saturday, the No. 7 seed Raiders traveled to second-seeded D.C.
There's an old saying in sports that it's hard to beat a team three times in a season. The Raider softball team found that out the hard way in its WIAA regional semifinal against River Falls last Tuesday, May 29. After sweeping a doubleheader from the Wildcats during the regular season, 7-3 and 15-0, the No. 3 seed Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 seed River Falls on a Wildcat solo home run in the top of the seventh. The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 12-9 while River Falls advanced to Thursday's regional final where it lost, 8-1, to No.
Hudson scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to post a 5-1 victory over Marshfield in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday in Chippewa Falls before falling to Stevens Point, 4-2, in the sectional final later in the day to come up one win short of a berth in next week's state tournament. The Raiders finished the season with a record of 16-9 while Stevens Point improved to 21-6 and will face Oconomowoc Tuesday, June 12, in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game in Appleton. Hudson scored four times, getting three hits and taking advantage of four walks in the inning, to snap a 1
Maybe it was the shirt. Or maybe Hudson junior Ryan Kromer is simply one of the best distance runners in the state of Wisconsin. Kromer, wearing the same jersey his father John wore for Hudson in the 1979 state meet, passed two runners in the final 100 meters to finish second in the 3200 meter run Saturday and earn his second medal at the 2012 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Kromer's first medal came in Friday's 1600 meter race by virtue of a sixth place finish.
Sitting around for nearly three hours waiting for the rain to let up in Rice Lake last Thursday, May 24 didn't seem to have much of an effect on the Hudson Track and Field teams. By the time the meet finally ended under the lights at the sectional meet, 20 Raider athletes had punched their tickets to this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Hudson took home five individual sectional titles and the Raider boys' earned the sectional team title while the girls finished third at the 17-team meet.
The Raider baseball team played the role of spoiler last Tuesday by defeating Chippewa Falls, 10-7, in the final game of the regular season to prevent the Cardinals from earning a share of the Big Rivers Conference title. In the process, the Raiders also ended the season in a four-way tie with Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire north and River Falls for second place in the final BRC standings, all at 7-5. Eau Claire Memorial, by virtue of its 8-1 win over Eau Claire North last Tuesday, earned the conference crown with a mark of 8-4. The Raiders, 13-8 overall, drew the No.
The Raider softball team wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Eau Claire Memorial, 12-6 and 13-3, in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader last Tuesday, May 22, at Grandview Park. The two victories snapped a five-game losing streak for Hudson and gave the Raiders a final BRC record of 6-6, tied for third place, while improving their overall mark to 9-8. Hudson received the No. 3 seed in the seven-team WIAA regional bracket and hosted No. 6 River Falls in a regional semifinal game this past Tuesday, May 29. The winner moves on to face either No. 2 seed Eau Claire North or No.
Despite dominating play most of the night, and outshooting Eau Claire North, 20-6, the Raider girls' soccer team came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to the Huskies last Tuesday night at the middle school field. Last Thursday's scheduled game at Chippewa Falls was cancelled due to heavy rain and will not be made up, leaving the Raiders with a record of 6-5-1 heading into the postseason. Hudson drew the No. 7 seed in the WIAA regional bracket and will host No. 10 Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. The winner will play either second-seeded D.C. Everest or No.
Hudson's boys' tennis team finished in the top four in every flight and qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Tournament in two flights following play at last Wednesday's sectional tournament in Marshfield. The Raiders finished second in the 16-team field with a total of 36 points. Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 56. Hudson's No. 1 singles player Max Hawksford finished second to earn his third straight trip to state while the No.
River Falls tied Superior for first place while Hudson finished third at one of 16 WIAA Division 1 Golf Regionals Wednesday, May 23, at New Richmond Country Club. Wildcat sophomore Garrett Loomis fired a 74 to earn medalist honors and help the Wildcats tie Superior with a team score of 323. Hudson, led by David Kein's fourth place score of 81, finished third with 335 while Eau Claire Memorial was fourth with 338. Those four teams will join the top four teams from the Antigo Sectional--D.C.