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 junior Alex Herink has been honored as one of the top players in the Big Rivers Conference for the third straight year, earning a spot on the 2012-13 All-BRC First Team for the second straight season, while teammate Stef Smith received All-BRC honorable mention to the team, released by the conference coaches last week.
Hudson senior co-captains Kindra Witthus and Sarah Krier have both earned honorable mention to the 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Basketball Team. It's the fourth straight season Witthus has garnered All-BRC honorable mention accolades while Krier was honored for the first time. Witthus led the Raiders in scoring with an average of 9.4 points per game this season.
Hudson dominated the 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference wrestling teams, released last week, with 11 Raiders honored including five on the All-BRC first team. Seniors Austin Koski, Dima Hawksford and Derek Schindler, junior Eliot Motu, and freshman Sawyer Massie earned spots on the first team while senior Nick Nelson and junior Mathias Tobin were named to the second team.
Hudson's girls' basketball team scored a season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough to erase a 46-18 halftime deficit and the Raiders fell to Superior, 80-69, in a WIAA regional semifinal Friday, March 1, in Superior. The Raiders trailed 67-34 with one quarter remaining before outscoring Superior, 35-15, in the final frame but came up 11 points short of the Spartans. Seniors Sarah Krier and Kindra Witthus led the Raiders with 17 points each in the season-ending loss. See the March 7 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for the complete story.
On the very first day of practice back in November, first-year Raider boys' hockey coach Brooks Lockwood laid out his goals for the program. "We want to be one of the top two teams in our section every year, and one of the top teams in the conference every year," he said then. So far, so good. The 2012-13 Raiders won their first outright Big Rivers Conference championship since 2003, and made it all the way to the sectional final game before losing in overtime to Superior last Friday, 2-1.
Three Raider girls' hockey players have been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference teams as voted on by the conference coaches. Junior forward Sydney Squires was named to the All-BRC First Team and junior forward Sara Iacobello was named to the Second Team while senior forward Bailey Knight received Honorable Mention. Squires was honored by the conference coaches for the third straight season. She earned Honorable Mention honors as both a freshman and sophomore.
Hudson's girls' basketball team clicked on all cylinders Tuesday night and took care of Wausau East, 61-39, in a WIAA Division 1 regional basketball quarterfinal in Hudson. The eighth-seeded Raiders jumped out to an 11-5 first quarter lead and never looked back, widening the gap to as many as 25 in the second half on their way to the victory. Their reward is a matchup with top-seeded Superior this Friday night, March 1, in a regional semifinal in Superior. "I couldn't be happier the way the girls came out tonight and executed," Raider head coach Joe Behnke said.
Raider junior Olivia Dunlap qualified for the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament for the second straight year after finishing fifth in the all-around at last Saturday's sectional meet in Chippewa Falls. The Raiders finished fourth in the sectional team standings with a total score of 133.95. Eau Claire, who won with 141.475, and runner-up Chippewa Falls, with 137.375, both qualified for this Saturday's state team competition. Dunlap will compete at the state individual tournament Friday, March 1, beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Raider senior defenseman Daniel Tripicchio is one of eight finalists for the American Family Insurance/Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year award. All eight finalists will be honored, and the winner announced, at the POTY/State Tournament banquet in Madison, Wednesday, Feb. 27, the night before the WIAA State Tournament quarterfinals. Tripicchio is the first Hudson player to be named a WHCA Player of the Year finalists since Davis Drewiske, who won the award in 2003. Watch the Star-Observer web site for more information on this story.
The Raider boys' hockey team avenged a regular season loss to Somerset in a WIAA sectional semifinal last Tuesday, but couldn't pull off a repeat performance in the sectional final Friday night (Feb.