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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After a 5-1 victory over Eau Claire North at home last Tuesday, the Raider boys' soccer team found the going a little tougher later in the week on the other side of the river. Hudson was outshot 23-6 in a 3-0 loss at Stillwater last Thursday and played better Saturday in Apple Valley but came away with a 0-0 tie. The Raiders, now 5-1-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, 9-4-2 overall, will visit Rice Lake (0-6-1, 2-9-1) this Thursday, Sept. 20, before hosting Tartan in a nonconference game Saturday at 1 p.m. This Tuesday, Sept.
How fast a start did the Raider football team get off to Friday night? The student section at Newton Field was still celebrating the crowning of Dena DuCharme as 2012 Homecoming queen when their classmates gave them plenty more to cheer about. The Raiders scored on their first offensive possession of the game and exploded for 28 first-quarter points on their way to a 49-14 rout of Eau Claire North in the annual Homecoming contest. The victory improved the Raiders' record to 4-0 overall and kept them tied with Menomonie for first place in the Big Rivers Conference at 3-0 in league play. Rai
Michael Hommes accounted for two of Hudson's four first-quarter touchdowns and the Raiders rolled to a 49-14 victory Friday night at Newton Field to remain undefeated and tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference. Hommes had an 11-yard touchdown run on the Raiders' first play from scrimmage and tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Peterson on Hudson's next possession for an early 14-0 lead. Wade Malecha ran over from a yard out and Peterson caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ian Zastrow to put the Raiders ahead 28-0 at the end of one. Alex Paulson had a 27-yard TD run in the s
Sophomore Devin Cicha broke her own school record in the 200 freestyle and Cicha and classmates Erika Guenther and Natalie Wood each had a hand in four of the Raiders nine first place finishes in the first dual meet of the season last Tuesday against Cretin-Derham Hall. Cicha finished over 12 seconds faster than the second place finisher to set a new school record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 54.35 seconds.
The Raider volleyball team opened up Big Rivers Conference play with a 5-set loss at Menomonie last Thursday before going 3-0 to take first place at their home Hudson Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders didn't lose a game Saturday, sweeping Bloomer and Prescott in round robin play before winning all three games against Superior in the championship round. "It was good to get back in the gym quickly after our loss on Thursday to see if we could put it all behind us, and we surely did just that," head coach Dennis Saathoff said.
Michael Hommes and Dan Loughney scored two touchdowns each and the Raider defense held Chippewa Falls to 91 total yards as Hudson improved to 3-0 on the season with a 36-0 victory over the Cardinals Friday night, Sept, 7, at Newton Field. Hommes scored on a 3-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and took the second half kickoff 97 yards to pay dirt while Loughney scored a pair of second quarter touchdowns on runs of 1 and 4 yards.
Hudson's offense was able to rack up 389 yards on the ground in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Friday night in Rice Lake, but it wasn't until Joseph Kelly broke free for a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that the Raiders were able to breathe a little easier in a 24-14 win over the Warriors. Kelly's touchdown came after Rice Lake had trimmed the Raider lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter. The Raider victory snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors and improved Hudson's record to 2-0 on the season.
Fullback Dan Loughney accounted for 157 of Hudson's 358 yards on the ground and Loughney, Michael Hommes and Joseph Kelly all ran for touchdowns as the Raiders improved to 2-0 with a 24-14 victory at Rice Lake Friday night, Aug. 31. Loughney, who missed the Raiders' season-opening win over Kenosha Bradford a week earlier with a foot injury, opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Hommes scored on a 17-yard run later in the first to give Hudson a 14-7 lead. Sam Somerville booted a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend Hudson's lead to 17-7.
The Hudson Raider football team scored on its first two possessions of the game, the scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minute to defeat the defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford Red Devils, 28-7, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Newton Field. Wade Malecha scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards to stake Hudson to a 14-0 first quarter lead.
The Raider boys' soccer team outscored its opponents 18-2 in its first four games of the season last week, with a 2-0 loss to state powerhouse Hartland Arrowhead the only blemish on its record. Hudson defeated Onalaska, 4-0, and La Crosse Aquinas, 7-0, in a pair of games last Tuesday at the middle school field. Over the weekend they traveled across the state to Hartland where they dropped a 2-0 decision before beating Milwaukee Ronald Reagan, 7-0. The Raiders open Big Rivers Conference play Thursday, Aug. 23, at Menomonie and travel to Eau Claire North Saturday, Aug. 25.