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 girls' swimming and diving team posted five first place finishes, including a season-best score in diving by Amanda Baker, but the Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes held off Hudson for a 116-70 victory last Thursday in Eau Claire. Baker's score of 211.25 was her best of the season and good enough to take first place by nearly ten points over Eau Claire Memorial's Kendra Morgan.
The Raider football team made sure nothing would spoil homecoming last Friday night, Sept. 16.
Dan Loughney ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, Luke Miller hit Alexandar Herink for a 34-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half, and Tyler Smrcina scored on a 20-yard touchdown run as the Hudson Raiders improved to 2-1 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 19-6 victory over Chippewa Falls on Homecoming in Hudson Friday night at Newton Field. Loughney capped Hudson's opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.
Despite being shorthanded at their home Hudson Invitational Saturday, Sept. 10, the Raiders still managed to reach the championship match before coming up just short to Superior. Hudson had a number of seniors missing at the start of the day due to ACT testing.
Devin Cicha and Erika Guenther set new school records and the Raider girls' swim and dive team posted nine first place finishes on its way to a 100-75 victory over North St. Paul in the home opener at the middle school pool last Tuesday, Sept. 6. The victory gives the Raiders a 2-0 nonconference dual record heading into Thursday night's (Sept. 15) Big Rivers Conference opener at Eau Claire Memorial. Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said she's thrilled with the team's start to the season. "They are all doing really great," she said. "The girls are so nice and work so hard.
The Raider tennis team faced River Falls for the third time this season last Tuesday, and while Hudson has won all three matches. This was the first time the Raiders shut the Wildcats out. Hudson got convincing wins at the top of their singles and doubles lineups, and Sydney Squires and Julia Douglas recovered from a 1-4 deficit in their first set at No. 3 doubles, while Ally Kreye pulled out a 2 1/2-hour, three set match at No.
Defending Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year Cassie Wurm of Hudson moved closer to earning her second straight POY honor by finishing second at a BRC mini meet Monday at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Eau Claire. Wurm had won three straight BRC meets before Monday's second place finish. With one regular season meet remaining this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake, Wurm holds a six-point lead over River Falls' Hale Hauer in the individual conference standings. The BRC Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Hudson Golf Club.
It may not have started well, but the Raider football team can't complain about its performance in the rest of the game Friday night in Superior. The Spartans returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and an early 6-0 lead.
The Raider girls' swim and dive team posted eight first place finishes, including the top two spots in three events, on its way to a 95-90 victory over Cretin Derham Hall in its first dual meet of the season last Tuesday at St. Catherine's University in St.
The Raider boys' soccer team broke a three-game scoring drought with a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory over River Falls last Thursday, Sept. 1 at the middle school field. Two days earlier the Raiders had dropped their third straight decision, 4-0, at Menomonie.