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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Ryan Kromer won the boys' race and Katie Wetzstein took first in the girls' race as the Raider cross country teams opened the 2011 season last Saturday, August 27 at the Eau Claire North Invitational. Kromer won the boys' race with a time of 16 minutes, 14 seconds while Wetzstein cut four seconds off her 2010 first-place effort with a time of 14:45. The Raider girls tied for third in the final team standings with Holmen with 114 points while the boys placed fifth with 142. Eau Claire Memorial took the girls' team title with 52 points while La Crosse Logan won the boys' title with 32.
The first two possessions for the Hudson Raiders last Friday night in Kenosha Bradford went just as they were scripted. Unfortunately, the sixth-ranked Red Devils went off script the rest of the game. The Raiders put together two long, sustained drives to open the game, scoring at the end of both on 1-yard touchdown plunges by quarterback Luke Miller to take a 13-0 lead. The Raiders chewed up nearly eight minutes on their opening possession. By the time Miller scored his second touchdown just 3:54 remained in the first half.
The Raider girls' tennis team posted a record of 4-3 in two tournaments last week to improve to 11-6 heading into the start of Big Rivers Conference play this week. The Raiders went 2-2 at the two-day Green Bay Southwest Tournament last Monday and Tuesday, August 22-23, defeating Beaver Dam 6-1 and Plymouth, Minn. 5-2 while losing to Middleton, 7-0, and Pulaski, 4-3. Last Saturday at the Menomonie Invite, the Raiders defeated Wausau West and New Richmond by identical 6-1 scores while losing to Winona, 4-3.
The Raider boys soccer team had its hands full in its last two matches. The Raiders squared off against the defending Big Rivers Conference champion and 2010 Wisconsin State Tournament semifinalist Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes last Thursday, Aug. 25, and Minnesota's third-ranked Stillwater Ponies this past Monday, Aug.
The Raider volleyball team opened the season with 11 matches in three days last week, going undefeated at the St. Croix Central Quad last Thursday, Aug. 25 before finishing fourth in the Silver Division, and 14th overall, at the 30-team, two-day, UW-Stout Sprawl Tournament in Menomonie Friday and Saturday. "All in all it was a good start to the season for us," head coach Dennis Saathoff said.
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Hudson's Cassie Wurm fired a 9-hole score of 40 to finish in a tie with Rice Lake's Stephanie Baribeau for medalist honors at the first Big Rivers Conference mini meet at the Hudson golf course last Wednesday afternoon, Aug.
The Raider boys' soccer team kicked off its season on a high note with victories over Onalaska and La Crosse Central last Tuesday, August 16. After blanking Onalaska, 3-0, in the season opener at 3 p.m., the Raiders took a short trip south and came away with a 5-1 victory in a 6 p.m. game at La Crosse Central. Hudson will open Big Rivers Conference action Thursday, Aug. 25, at Eau Claire Memorial before its home opener Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.
Hudson's defense set the tone for last Friday night's season-opening win over Wisconsin Rapids on the very first series. Senior defensive lineman Jon Botzet sacked Red Raiders' quarterback Devin Peterson on the very first play of the game.
Hudson's Cassie Wurm fired a 9-hole score of 40 to finish in a tie with Rice Lake's Stephanie Baribeau for medalist honors at the first Big Rivers Conference mini meet at the Hudson golf course Wednesday afternoon. Hudson tied Rice Lake for second at the 5-team meet with a total team score of 191, 18 strokes behind River Falls' first place score of 173. In addition to Wurm's low round of 40, Hayley Uzpen and Lauren Bergland each carded 50 for the Raiders while Lindsey Frank came in with a 51 and Leisha Cory had a 54.