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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Dean Talafous said he was surprised when he got the call from University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez’s office telling him he’d been selected for the Badger Athletic Hall of Fame.
Despite losing over 40 seniors from last year’s state semifinal team, Hudson football coach Adam Kowles has a unique perspective as to how the success of that team can help this year’s players.
The Hudson River Rats split their final two St. Croix Valley baseball League games of the season over the weekend, falling to New Richmond, 10-0, Saturday night in New Richmond before bouncing back with a 12-1 victory Sunday in Elmwood.
The Hudson River Rats took care of business over the weekend, winning both their St. Croix Valley Baseball League games to clinch a berth in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs for the first time since 2010. Hudson needed to win at least one of its final four games to become playoff eligible and accomplished that with a 9-6 win over the River Falls Fighting Fish last Saturday in River Falls. They assured themselves of a spot in the playoffs by picking up their ninth league win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the Hager City Skeeters Sunday at Grandview Park.
The Hudson River Rats road to the playoffs hit a detour over the weekend as the team dropped back-to-back St. Croix Valley Baseball League games for the first time all season to slip into fifth place in the SCVBL standings. Both losses came at home, 8-0 to the Bay City Bombers on Saturday and 7-2 to the league leading Prescott Pirates Sunday, and snapped a five-game River Rats winning streak.
Hudson's Austin Evenson provided the game-winning RBIs in both of the West team's victories at the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic June 29-30 at E.J. Schneider Field in Oshkosh. The WBCA All-Star Classic featured 72 of the finest high school seniors in the state divided into four teams -- East (Milwaukee area), South (Madison area), North (Green Bay/Fox Valley area) and West (La Crosse, Stevens Point, Eau Claire area) playing in a round-robin format.
With ravaged bird feeders, upside-down garbage cans and raided vegetable gardens, residents of St. Croix County have noticed an increased presence of black bears in the area. Indeed, the state's black bear population has tripled over the last 20 years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, there were about 9,000 black bears in Wisconsin in 1989, and by 2008, the population had grown to between 26,000 and 40,000 bears.
Hudson High School has received high marks from its fellow Big Rivers Conference schools in the 2013 BRC Spring Sportsmanship Poll. Five of the Raiders' seven spring sports programs were ranked in the top three in the voting, including baseball and both boys and girls track and field, who all earned top spots. Girls' soccer and boys' tennis were also recognized.
The summer long course season is busy for Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) swimmers, as they participate in multiple swim meets in the Twin Cities area. Nine HASA athletes recently competed in the Star A Summer Classic at the Highland Park outdoor pool in St. Paul. This was the first long course meters meet for HASA during the 2013 season.
The Hudson River Rats battled back from a 7-1, fifth-inning deficit to the defending Wisconsin Baseball Association state champion Menomonie Eagles last Friday night in Menomonie to force extra innings and pull out an 11-10 victory at Wakanda Park and stay one game above .500 in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play.