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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Former Hudson Raider Ben Gresmer was crowned slam dunk champion at UW-River Falls' Midnight Madness, which kicked off the Falcon basketball season overnight Oct. 15-16. Gresmer wowed the judges and crowd at the Karges Center with a series of acrobatic dunks, including jumping over a teammate in a chair who fed him the ball while he was in the air. Gresmer, a 6-foot, 4-inch junior guard at UWRF, was an honorable mention All-Big Rivers Conference selection as a senior on the Raiders' last BRC championship team in 2009.
The Raider girls' swim and dive team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships with a 95-70 victory over Chippewa Falls in the final dual meet of the season last Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the middle school pool. The BRC Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct. 29, at Eau Claire North. Diving competition begins at 10 a.m.
Hudson's Ryan Kromer and Katie Wetzstein swept the individual titles and the Raider girls took the runner-up spot at the WIAA Division 1 sectional cross country meet at Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah last Saturday, Oct. 22. Kromer won the boys' race by 4.5 seconds while Wetzstein finished 14 seconds ahead of the rest of the field to punch their return tickets to state. Wetzstein will be joined by the rest of her teammates who combined for a second place score of 70 at Saturday's sectional. The WIAA State Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct.
The Wisconsin Rapids football team needed a soccer player to help it defeat Hudson Friday night in a WIAA Level 1 playoff game at South Wood County Field. New Rapids kicker Rod Keyzer -- who joined the team at the conclusion of the boys' soccer season -- chipped a bloop kick over the first line of Raider defenders to start the second half and the ball was recovered by Rapids at the Hudson 44 yard-line, leading to the first points of the game. Rapids added another touchdown late in the third quarter en route to a 12-0 victory over Hudson. The two teams were locked in a defensive str
The Raider boys' soccer team saw its five game winning streak, and season, come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Wausau East in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal last Thursday, Oct. 20 in Wausau. Hudson's season ends with a record of 11-11-0, including a pair of wins over Marshfield and top-seed Eau Claire Memorial in the playoffs that earned the Raiders a regional title.
The Raider volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Rhinelander in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal last Thursday, Oct. 22 in Schofield. Hudson won the opening set, 25-17, before dropping the next three by scores of 17-25, 17-25 and 20-25. "It was a very fun match and the girls played hard the whole night," Raider coach Dennis Saathoff said.
Hudson's doubles team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder made it to the round of 16 while singles player Morgan Van Allen finished in the top 32 at the WIAA Girls State Tennis Championships last Thursday and Friday in Madison. Fall and Fassbinder earned second team All-State honors for their performance after going 2-1 at the tournament. Raider coach Dave Dahl said all three seniors wrapped up their careers with tremendous efforts. "These three seniors will be very difficult to replace," he said.
The public is invited to a meeting of the Raider Pride Council on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m., in the Willow River School auditorium. The Raider Pride Council is a Hudson School District athletic advisory council consisting of coaches, both past and present, parents, athletes, administrators and interested citizens -- all volunteers -- who have a desire and passion to make Hudson athletic programs the best in the state. The council has been meeting monthly for over a year.
After pushing Chippewa Falls to five sets in a 3-2 loss last Tuesday, Oct. 11, then sweeping Baldwin-Woodville, 3-0, two nights later, the Raider volleyball team was poised for strong performance at Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Tournament. Despite losing three close matches in round robin play, Hudson ended the day with a 3-1 victory over Menomonie to finish in seventh place. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said he believes the team will rebound when it begins WIAA regional play Thursday, Oct.
Hudson cross country coach Don Krupa called Katie Wetzstein, "The shining star" in the Big Rivers Conference this year, while Ryan Kromer simply blew away his competition. Wetzstein defended her championship in the girls' race while Kromer won the boys' race by 28 seconds over his nearest competitor as the Raiders crowned two individual BRC cross country champions for the first time in school history. Hudson has competed in boys' cross country since 1967 while the girls' program began in 1978. Wetzstein crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 56.2 seconds to edge River Falls' Paige