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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Senior Amanda Baker, and sophomores Olivia Dunlap and McKenna Daulton, will represent Hudson at the 42nd WIAA Individual State Gymnastics Championships this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Baker and Dunlap finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the all-around competition at last Saturday's sectional meet in Stevens Point while Daulton tied for third in the vault. Baker also place fourth on the balance beam.
Hudson's girls' basketball team dropped a 41-25 decision to Chippewa Falls last Friday night as the fourth-ranked Cardinals clinched the Big Rivers Conference championship while improving to 20-1 overall, 10-1 in BRC play. Hudson dropped to 4-15 overall, 1-10 in the BRC, and will wrap up the regular season this Thursday night, March 1, at home against River Falls (11-10, 4-7). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. The Raiders, the No. 10 seed in the WIAA Regional bracket, will open postseason play at No. 7 Eau Claire Memorial (12-9, 6-5) Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
Senior Tanner Owens won a sectional title at 160 pounds to become Hudson's first four-time state qualifier and while classmate Kolya Hawksford took second at 152 pounds to qualify for state at last Saturday's WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament at Eau Claire North. Owens earned a 5-3 decision over Jared Mataczynski of Wausau West to cap an undefeated day and win the 160 pound title while Hawksford bounced back from a loss in the 152 pound finals to pin Richard Klaver of Rhinelander in the second place match. Juniors Derek Schindler, at 170 pounds, and Dima Hawksford, at 182, each fini
Senior Amanda Baker placed in the top five in two individual events and took fourth in the all-around as the Raiders finished fifth at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Tournament last Friday at Meyer Middle School in River Falls. Hudson posted a team score of 133.925 at the tournament, their second-highest score of the season. River Falls took first with 143.25, followed by Eau Claire North/Memorial with 137.925, Rice Lake/Cumberland with 136 and Chippewa Falls with 135.025.
The Raider boys' hockey team advanced to the sectional round of the WIAA playoffs with a 6-1 victory over Amery last Thursday at Gornick Arena. Hudson, the No. 3 seed in the 11-team bracket, moved on to face No. 2 seed New Richmond this past Tuesday in New Richmond. The winner of Tuesday night's game advances to the sectional final Saturday at 2 p.m. in Amery.
Following a 55-43 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday to improve to 12-8 overall, the Hudson boys' basketball team was given the No. 6 seed in the 14-team regional bracket and will open the playoffs at No. 3 Chippewa Falls next Friday, March 2, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal. The Raiders shook a stubborn Eau Claire North team last Thursday and pulled away in the second half and post a 12-point victory.
The Raider girls' basketball team jumped out to a 16-4 first quarter lead last Friday night at Eau Claire North but the Huskies outscored Hudson 38-11 in the second and third quarters on their way to a 60-43 victory. Saturday afternoon at home against La Crosse Logan, the Raiders dropped a 66-50 decision to the Mississippi Valley Conference leading Rangers. Hudson, now 5-13 overall, 1-9 in the Big Rivers Conference, will wrap up the regular season with three home games beginning this Friday, Feb. 24, against Chippewa Falls. Tuesday, Feb.
Hudson senior Charlie Skinner wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top ten finishes and anchored the Raiders' 400 yard freestyle relay team to a seventh place finish at the WIAA Division 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. Hudson finished 14th out of 39 teams represented at the state meet with 60 points.
Hudson senior Charlie Skinner wrapped up his high school career with a pair of top ten finishes at the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Madison while a pair of Raider wrestlers finished in the top two in their weight classes at the Eau Claire North sectional to qualify for this weekend's state tournament. Skinner took seventh in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 51.94 seconds and eighth in the 200 yard individual medley in 1 minute, 55.63 seconds at the Division 1 state meet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium, Sophomore Willis Skinner also competed
The Hudson High School boys' hockey team defeated Amery, 6-1, in a WIAA Regional final game Thursday night at Gornick Arena while the Raider girls saw their season come to an end with a 6-2 loss to Eau Claire/Altoona in Eau Claire. The third-seeded Raider boys advance to the sectional semifinals to face No. 2 seed New Richmond Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in New Richmond.