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 wrestling team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition with a 54-15 victory at Rice Lake last Thursday, Jan. 12 before coming out on the short end of dual meets against three of Minnesota's top-ranked teams at Saturday's Anoka Quad. The Raiders dropped a 36-23 decision to second-ranked Scott West and lost to eighth-ranked Prior Lake, 53-21, before falling to the host school, 12th-ranked Anoka, 32-25. "We were real close to upsetting No. 12 ranked Anoka," Raider coach Chris Hansen said.
The Raider boys' basketball team showed Big Rivers Conference favorite Rice Lake it wasn't just going to walk away with the BRC title this season in a conference matchup at the high school last Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Raiders played aggressive, physical basketball and had the Warriors on their heels most of the game, but Rice Lake's three Ellenson brothers combined for 11 of the 14 Warrior points in the final four minutes of the game to erase an eight-point Raider lead and force overtime.
The Raider girls' hockey team dropped an 8-3 decision to the fifth-ranked Eau Claire/Altoona Stars last Thursday, Jan. 12 at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire. The Stars scored the only goal of the first period to take a 1-0 lead before each team scored three times in the second period to keep it a one-goal game.
The Raider boys' hockey team picked up a 4-2 Big Rivers Conference victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, Jan. 10 before dropping a 5-1 decision to third-ranked Superior Saturday at Gornick Arena. The Raiders, now 6-6-1 overall, 4-2-0 in BRC play, hosted Somerset (10-5-1) this past Tuesday, Jan. 17, and have a week off before traveling to Menomonie (9-6-0, 3-4-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 24. "I thought our team played very hard and unselfishly in both games," Raider coach Mike Stoskopf said about last week.
Amanda Baker took third in the all-around and Olivia Dunlap just missed medaling with a seventh place finish as the Raider gymnasts finished fourth in the eight-team Gold Division at the River Falls Gymnastics Invitational Saturday in River Falls. Earlier in the week the Raiders posted a season-high score of 132.55 in a Big Rivers Conference win over Rice Lake/Cumberland Tuesday as Olivia Dunlap, Amanda Baker and McKenna Daulton swept the top three spots in the all-around. Dunlap totaled 34.7 to win the all-around competition, buoyed by a first place score of 9.0 on the balance beam.
In the 49-year history of the wrestling rivalry between Hudson and River Falls, the Raiders have never won by a bigger margin than they did last Thursday night, Jan. 5. Hudson dropped just one match on its way to remaining undefeated in Big Rivers Conference dual meets with a 63-6 victory on its home mat. The Raiders jumped right back into action Saturday, Jan. 7 when they hosted the Hudson Dual Invite and came away with a record of 3-1 to finish second. The Raiders return to BRC action Thursday, Dec. 12, at Rice Lake and will compete at the Anoka Invitational Saturday, Jan. 14.
Two days after posting a come-from-behind 103-82 victory over River Falls last Thursday, the Raider boys' swimming and diving team turned in a stellar performance at the Saturday, Jan. 7, Simley Invitational. Senior Charlie Skinner had a hand in two first place finishes at Simley, including posting the fifth fastest time of any Wisconsin swimmer this year in the 200 yard individual medley -- 2 minutes, 2.71 seconds. Skinner also swam the anchor leg behind his younger brother Willie Skinner, August Jorgensen and Lucas Rukavina on the Raiders' first place 400 freestyle relay team.
The Raider boys' hockey team scored early and often at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire last Thursday, Jan. 5. Hudson jumped out to a 6-0 first period lead and added five more goals over the final two periods to post an 11-0 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Huskies of Eau Claire North. The victory gave Hudson a record of 3-2-0 in BRC play, 5-5-1 overall, heading into this past Tuesday's (Jan. 10) game against Chippewa Falls and Saturday's home contest (Jan.
The Raider boys' basketball team won two more games last week to extend its winning streak to six straight and improve to 7-2 overall. Hudson defeated Red Wing, 66-59, at home last Tuesday before posting a 64-53 Big Rivers Conference win Friday in River Falls. Senior Kellen Pearson led the Raiders in scoring in both wins, pouring in 23 points against Red Wing and erupting for 32 against the Wildcats. "When you have a guy like Kellen, who can shoot from the perimeter, drive to the basket and play strong in the post, it's tough to defend him," Raider coach Jason Swavely said.
The Raider girls' basketball team outscored Red Wing 41-34 in the second half last Tuesday in Red Wing. Unfortunately, the 48-19 hole Hudson found itself in at halftime was too steep to overcome and the Wingers posted an 82-60 victory. Saturday night, Jan. 7, the Raiders and Warriors went back and forth in Rice Lake before the host team held off the visitors for a narrow 48-47 big Rivers Conference win. Hudson, now 0-3 in BRC play, 3-4 overall, will host Eau Claire North (4-0, 4-5) this Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and has a week off before returning to action Friday, Jan.