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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The Raider softball team ended the regular season on a high note by sweeping Eau Claire Memorial, 8-1 and 17-4, last Tuesday at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The Raiders earned the No. 2 seed in the seven-team regional bracket and opened regional play at home against No. 7 River Falls Tuesday at Grandview Park. A win over River Falls would give the Raiders another home game in the regional final Thursday, June 2 at 5 p.m. against either third-seeded Eau Claire North or No.
The Raider baseball capped its regular season with a 7-2 nonconference victory at Prescott last Thursday, two days after dropping its Big Rivers Conference finals, 8-6, at Eau Claire North. The Raiders, 9-9 overall, 7-5 in the BRC, drew the No. 6 seed in the WIAA regional bracket and hosted No. 11 Merrill this past Tuesday at Grandview Park. A win Tuesday would send Hudson to No. 3 Stevens Point for a regional final on Friday.
Junior Max Hawksford clinched his second straight trip to state at last Thursday's WIAA Division 1 tennis sectional in Marshfield. Jeff Dahl added a second place finish at No. 2 singles and Jon Paquette took second at No. 4 singles to help the Raiders to a second place team finish at the 16-team sectional. "I'm proud of what this team accomplished this season," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raider boys' golf team moved up three spots on the second day of the WIAA Division 1 State Golf Tournament in Madison Tuesday to finish fourth in the 16-team field. Four of the five Raider golfers lowered their scores Tuesday to help the Raiders cut 12 strokes off their first day total and post a team total of 314.
The Hudson boys' golf team finished 13 strokes better than second place Superior to win the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau Tuesday afternoon, May 31, and advance to next week's WIAA State Tournament. The Raiders finished with a total team score of 323. Superior, who took second with 336, also earned a berth at state. Matt Grayes took second individually with a team-leading score of 79 while Luke Burbach finished with 80, Jack Holland 81 and Jeremy Salentine 83 to account for the Raiders' team total.
Hudson's girls finished first and the Raider boys took second by one-half point at the WIAA Division 1 Wausau East Track and Field Sectional Thursday in Wausau. The Raider girls claimed individual sectional titles in three individual events and two relays while the boys had one individual champion and one relay title.
The Raider baseball and softball teams will both open WIAA regional tournament play at Grandview Park on Tuesday, May 31. The Raider baseball team will host Merrill at 4 p.m. while the softball team will face River Falls at 5 p.m. in regional semifinal games. Hudson received the No. 6 seed in the 12-team baseball regional while the softball team earned the No. 2 seed in its 7-team regional. A win over No. 11 Merrill will send the Raider baseball team to third-seeded Stevens Point Friday, June 3, for the regional final.
The Raider track and field teams just keep getting better and better. One week after both teams repeated as Big Rivers Conference champions, the Raiders took a huge collective step toward next week's WIAA State Track and Field Meet by sweeping the Division 1 regional Monday, May 23, in River Falls. Hudson's boys claimed 10 regional titles and the girls picked up seven while the two teams combined to send 37 athletes to this Thursday's sectional meet in Wausau.
The Raider boys' tennis team will be represented in six of the seven flights at Wednesday's (May 25) sectional in Marshfield after qualifying at Monday's subsectional in New Richmond. Hudson finished second, just two points behind Eau Claire Memorial Monday with 22 points.
The Raider girls' soccer is gearing up for the postseason on a high note after winning three straight games last week, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference contests. Hudson blanked Rice Lake, 3-0, last Tuesday, May 17 and shut out Eau Claire North, 1-0, in double overtime Thursday, May 19 before picking up a 3-1 nonconference victory over New Richmond on Friday, May 20. The Raiders, now 8-6-1 overall, 3-5-1 in the BRC, have won four of their last five games and wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday (May 24) at home against Chippewa Falls.