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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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.
Last Tuesday the Raider girls' basketball team was able to keep Ellsworth off balance with its up-tempo defense. Friday night, it was Eau Claire Memorial pressuring the Raiders into mistakes. The results were a 54-42 home victory over the Panthers and a 51-40 Big Rivers Conference loss in Eau Claire. Hudson head coach Ed Johnson said then Raiders played well in the win over Ellsworth, but committed too many unforced errors against the Old Abes. "We took some steps forward from the previous week," Johnson said about the Ellsworth game.
The Raider boys' hockey team outshot a pair of opponents last week but couldn't pick up a victory in either game. Last Tuesday the Raiders dropped a 7-4 decision at New Richmond despite doubling the Tigers' shots-on-goal total. Thursday they fell to No. 8 ranked Eau Claire Memorial, 3-2, after outshooting the Old Abes 29-23. Hudson returned to action this past Tuesday, Dec. 13 at home against Menomonie and will visit River Falls this Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. They return home top host Rice Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.
The Raider boys' basketball team broke open a close game in the third quarter and held Eau Claire Memorial to just 13 second half points on its way to a 47-30 victory in its Big Rivers Conference opener at home last Friday night, Dec. 9. Hudson trailed 11-10 at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Old Abes 10-6 in the second quarter to take a 20-17 halftime lead.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team picked up plenty of second through fourth place finishes in its season opener at Eau Claire North/Memorial last Thursday, but it couldn't get enough first place finishes to overtake the perennial Big Rivers Conference co-op. Charlie Skinner won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.95 seconds, but that was the only first place the Raiders could get in a 110-75 loss to last year's third place team at state. Hudson will host its first home meet of the season this Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
Raider girls' head coach Ed Johnson saw a silver lining in the team's 67-53 season-opening loss at North St. Paul last Friday. Despite hitting just 3-of-29 shots from the field in the first half, Hudson trailed by just 12 points, 31-19. "I don't think that the score was indicative of how well we played," Johnson said. "Being down 12 points wasn't surprising, but it also shows we did some other things well." Hudson shot better in the second half and finished the game 17-of-64 from the field.