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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It was hard to tell who was having more fun during the Raider football team's second annual spring game last Saturday (June 18) at Newton Field -- the players or the coaching staff. Either way, head coach Adam Kowles said the scrimmage, which concluded the five days of unrestricted contact the WIAA gives coaches with their teams each summer, provided plenty of reasons to be optimistic. "We saw some things, some players that stood out," Kowles said about the game, which the Navy team won for the second straight season, 22-20.
While four members of the Raider baseball team earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors this season, the list of accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom, of the entire team is an impressive one. Senior Ben Christensen and junior Brett Steinwagner were both named to the All-BRC Second Team while senior Austin Lenzen and junior Kellen Pearson received honorable mention.
For many high school senior track and field athletes, the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse the first weekend in June marks the end of their high school careers, providing they are fortunate enough to get there. But for 80 of Wisconsin's elite athletes, including five from Hudson, this year they extended their high school careers one week longer by being chosen to represent Wisconsin at the 13th annual Midwest Senior Spotlight Track and Field Meet June 10-11 at UW-Platteville. The Spotlight Meet pits the best seniors from Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois against each other in a sendoff competition f
Senior co-captain Paige Ommen leads a group of four Raiders named to 2011 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls' Soccer Teams by the conference coaches. Ommen, a midfielder, was named to the All-BRC First Team as well as being named the BRC Player of the Year for her play with the Raiders this season. In addition, senior co-captain Ashley Johnson was named to the All-BRC Second Team while senior defender Logan Knobel and sophomore defender Alyssa Muller received Honorable Mention. The Raiders finished the season with a record of 5-6-1 in BRC play, 10-7-1 overall.
The Raider softball team jumped out to a 2-0 l ead over Chippewa Falls in a WIAA sectional semifinal last Tuesday before the Cardinals scored nine unanswered runs to post a 9-2 victory. Hudson's season ended with a regional championship and an overall record of 12-7 while Chippewa Falls went on to win the sectional title with a 2-1 win over D.C. Everest last Friday.
Saturday, at the end of the girls' 4x100 meter relay finals at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, a loud scream could be heard coming from the infield near the finish line after Milwaukee Bradley Tech had set a new state record of 46.02 seconds to win the event. But the scream didn't come from one of the winning team members.
Michael Congdon's final day as a Raider track and field athlete was a bittersweet one. Congdon wrapped up his high school career with a sixth place medal around his neck for clearing 14-feet in the pole vault Saturday at the WIAA Track and Field Championships at Memorial Stadium in La Crosse. While it felt good to earn a medal, Congdon said he was hoping for a higher place on the awards podium. "I had much higher goals than what happened today, but I'm glad I medaled," he said. Congdon entered the state meet as one of three state qualifiers who had won sectional titles by clearing 14-6 a w
It seemed fitting last Saturday afternoon that the only thing brighter than the smile on Jamie Lindstrom's face was the sun in the sky over La Crosse's Memorial Stadium. Lindstrom had just won the WIAA Division 1 state shot put championship, and was still beaming as she spoke to reporters nearly an hour later. "I did it for my mom," the senior said. "I know she's up there smiling at me. I'm just so happy right now I can't put my feelings into words. But I feel like I really made her proud." Debbie Johnson Lindstrom died in November 2009, of complications brought on by the H1N1 flu virus.
Hudson girls' track and field coach Jami Holum knew all season the Raiders were one of the top ten teams in the state.
Hudson rallied from a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning but came up one run short in a 4-3 loss to Merrill in a WIAA regional semifinal game at Grandview Park last Tuesday, May 31. Raider pitcher Brett Steinwagner was dominant through the first five innings, striking out nine and allowing just two hits as the Raiders took a 1-0 lead into the sixth.