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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Football opener Friday at home against Rapids After nearly two weeks of two-a-day practices, installing systems, learning reads and working out the kinks, the Raider football team began work Monday preparing for its first opponent of the 2011 season -- Wisconsin Rapids. The Raider host Rapids at 7 p.m. Friday at Newton Field, and head coach Adam Kowles said he expects to see all the offseason and preseason work pay off. "I like game week," Kowles said. "The first couple of weeks are all about general stuff.
High school football fans can catch a preview of the 2011 season when Hudson hosts a six-team preseason scrimmage Saturday, August 13 at the high school fields. In addition to the Raiders, fellow Big Rivers Conference teams River Falls and Menomonie will be on hand along with Stevens Point, Osceola and Bloomer. The scrimmages will get underway at noon. The Raiders, like every other team in the state, opened practice last Wednesday, Aug. 3, five days earlier than the traditional start date.
Summer vacation is ending a week earlier for Hudson High School's football players this year. The Raiders, along with every other high school team in Wisconsin, opened practice Wednesday, Aug. 3. The first game of the season is also a week earlier --Aug. 19. The moves come after the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association last November adopted an Aug. 3 starting date for practices -- five days earlier than the traditional start date.
Tucker Malecha knows firsthand about the benefits of the Raider Elite program. The Hudson High School senior football player just wrapped up his third year participating in the school district's in-house strength and conditioning program.
History will be made Friday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course when the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame welcomes its inaugural class of inductees. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday, July 29, when the inaugural Wildcat Hall of Fame Class is honored at the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Fourteen individuals will be inducted in categories that include Athlete, Coach, Distinguished Citizen and Legacy.
Great pitching, strong defense and a barrage of hits all added up to a regional championship for the Hudson American Legion 17U baseball team over the weekend. Hudson outscored its opponents 40-5 in three wins and earned another victory by forfeit to earn a berth in the American Legion 17U State Tournament this weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Hudson will open state tournament play against Eau Claire at 2 p.m.
Mitch Lewis had three hits, including a double, and Brent Blegen had an RBI double in the seventh inning but the Hudson River Rats couldn't dig themselves out of a five run hole and dropped a 5-2 decision to the River Falls Fighting Fish in a St. Croix Valley Baseball League game Sunday at Grandview Park. The loss followed a 7-3 Rats victory on the arm of pitcher Brian Sparstad over the Osceola Braves Saturday night in Osceola. Hudson, now 3-7 in SCVBL play, will travel to SCVBL co-leader Menomonie to take on the Eagles (8-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wakanda Park.
The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association has recognized a pair of Hudson players for their stellar play during the 2011 high school season. Senior shortstop Deven DuCharme and sophomore catcher Kindra Witthus were both named to the WFSCA All-District First Team. In addition, Witthus was named to the All-State Third Team, the first Hudson player to earn all-state honors. Both players previously earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors for the second straight year.
The Hudson River Rats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against the St. Croix Valley Baseball League leading River Falls Fighting Fish Sunday, but the Fish came back with six unanswered runs on their way to defeating Hudson, 6-2. Hudson will get another crack at the Fish when they host River Falls this Sunday, July 10, at 1 p.m. at Grandview Park. Last Sunday at River Falls, Hudson took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Jason Hollar reached on an error and Mitch Lewis followed with a single.