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 wrestling coach Chris Hansen got everything he wanted out of last Thursday's nonconference dual with Stevens Point. Except a win. Despite winning eight of the 14 matches, the Raiders came out on the short end of a 31-29 final score. "We had a great dual with Stevens Point," Hansen said. "It is exactly what I am looking for as a coach. Of course, I'd rather come out on the winning end but the bottom line is we try to put our kids in difficult positions and Point offered us just that." The dual was the last for the Raiders before this week's Bi-State Classic in La Crosse.
The Raider boys' hockey team got a power play goal from Dylan Haskins midway through the third period to force overtime, but Rice Lake's Cody Novinska's second goal of the game in the final minute of the extra session allowed the Warriors to escape with a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory last Tuesday at Gornick Arena. Haskins' power play goal at the 9:46 mark of the third was assisted by Steven Burke and James Fall and tied the score, 2-2.
The Raider boys' basketball team used two different strategies in a pair of nonconference road games across the border last week. And they both worked. Last Tuesday the Raiders drilled ten three-pointers in a 70-63 victory at Mahtomedi. Two nights later, they dominated the inside in a 64-52 victory at Hastings. Hudson, now 3-2 overall, will play two more nonconference games at the Big Rivers Conference/Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge this Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28-29, in Eau Claire. They face Merrill (2-5) Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Wausau West (2-5) Thursday at 12:45 p.m.
Hudson took first place in every event but diving on its way to a 117-69 victory over Menomonie in a Big Rivers Conference boys' swimming and diving dual meet last Thursday at the middle school pool. Senior Charlie Skinner and junior Lucas Rukavina each won two individual events and Skinner also swam on two winning relay teams as Hudson cruised to the victory. Skinner teamed up with sophomore Evan Groehler, junior Louis Hoffman and sophomore anchor Sawyer Arndt for a first place time of 1 minute, 51.52 seconds in the first event of the night--the 200 medley relay. Rukavina followed
It seemed like only a matter of time before the Raider boys' hockey team would put a puck in the net to tie the score 2-2 at River Falls last Thursday. But as the game went on, that time seemed to be running out. The Wildcats scored a pair of first period goals, sandwiched around a Raider goal by Henry Brose, and clung to a 2-1 lead despite Hudson spending most of the night in its offensive zone. Finally, with 3:29 remaining in the game, Dylan Haskins put back a rebound of a Daniel Tripicchio shot for the tying goal on a Raider power play.
A cold-shooting third quarter by the Raiders helped Menomonie erase a two-point Hudson lead at halftime and the Mustangs went on to hand the Raiders a 59-48 loss in a Big Rivers Conference boys' basketball game at the high school last Friday, Dec. 16. The Raiders, now 1-2, play a pair of road games in Minnesota this week, at Mahtomedi this past Tuesday, Dec. 20 and at Hastings Thursday, Dec. 22, before competing at a holiday tournament at Eau Claire North Dec.
The Raider girls' basketball team played what coach Ed Johnson called its best 16 minutes of basketball this season to erase a nine-point halftime deficit and go on to a 66-40 win over Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday in Baldwin. Friday night things didn't go as well as Hudson fell behind early and dropped a 45-36 Big Rivers Conference decision at Menomonie. The Raiders trailed early at Baldwin last Tuesday and were down 31-22 at halftime.
The Raider wrestling team posted a 58-12 Big Rivers Conference victory over Menomonie last Thursday before finishing fourth at the 25-team Marty Loy Classic Saturday in Fond du Lac. The Raiders will host Stevens Point this Thursday, Dec. 22, before preparing for the Bi-State Classic Dec. 29-30 in La Crosse. The Raiders made seven pins on their way to last Thursday's 58-12 win at Menomonie, but Hudson coach Chris Hansen said the Raiders had to work hard for every point. "I am very pleased with how the kids wrestled," he said.
The Hudson Raider wrestling team continued its domination of Eau Claire Memorial with a convincing 74-6 victory over the Old Abes in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday at the high school. The Raiders are 22-2 all-time against Eau Claire Memorial, who hasn't defeated Hudson in over 10 years. The Raiders used eight pins, one technical fall, one decision and three forfeits to move to 1-0 in the BRC.
Amanda Baker won the floor exercise and finished second in the all-around to lead the Raider gymnastics team to a fourth place finish at the eight-team Chippewa Falls Invitational last Saturday, Dec. 10. Baker edged River Falls' Riley Claude by .25 to win the floor exercise with a score of 9.25.