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 public will get a chance to welcome former Raider and University of Wisconsin star Davis Drewiske of the Los Angeles Kings and the Stanley Cup to Hudson this Monday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Raider football team will face a stiff challenge in its 2012 season opener this Friday against defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford. But that's not about to faze a roster led by 41 seniors. Hudson led Kenosha Bradford 13-6 at halftime in the second game of the 2011 season before the Red Devils scored 27 unanswered points on their way to an undefeated season. The Raiders went on to finish 6-4 overall, 5-2 in the Big Rivers conference and qualify for the WIAA playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
The Raider girls' tennis team dropped a pair of matches to Minnesota schools Saturday before ending its day with a 5-2 victory over the host Wildcats at the River Falls Quad. Hudson lost to East Ridge and Woodbury by identical 5-2 scores before turning the tables on the Wildcats. Head coach Dave Dahl said the team's inexperience may have played a role in the two losses. "We're going to face plenty of challenges this year," he said. "We'll have to battle every time out and make a few breaks for ourselves to succeed as a team.
When Alec Vanasse first started playing lacrosse, he looked at it as just another sport. Today, he's preparing to take his skills to North Dakota State University to play collegiate lacrosse for the Bison. Vanasse, a 2012 graduate of Hudson High School, was a member of the first boys' team ever sponsored by the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association in 2009.
Raider head football coach Adam Kowles addresses his players at the conclusion of the team's picture day Saturday morning at Newton Field. The team took part in a pancake breakfast hosted by the Hudson Benchwarmers before holding a walk-through practice followed by team and individual pictures. The Raiders will take part in a six-team scrimmage this Friday, Aug. 17, in Menomonie, before kicking of the 2012 season at home next Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. against defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford.
The Raider girls' tennis team received contributions from both its returning players and newcomers while winning two of three matches at the season-opening Eau Claire North Quad last Saturday in Eau Claire. The Raiders swept Superior and Eau Claire North by identical 7-0 scores before falling to Eau Claire Regis, 5-2. "With so many new faces in the lineup, I was happy to win two of three today," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) ended its long course season last weekend with swimmers competing at meets in different parts of the country. Spencer Whyte, 16, from North St. Paul, traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, to represent HASA at the Central Zone Senior Championship meet.
Former Hudson High School player Scott Jensen connects for a single off pitcher Aaron Moen at the inaugural Hudson Baseball Alumni and Friend Game Saturday at Grandview Park. Jensen, a 1993 HHS graduate who also played with the old Hudson Rebels of the St. Croix Valley Baseball league, was among a large group of former high school, Booster, amateur, American Legion and other players associated with Hudson baseball for a day of baseball and a social at the Willow River Saloon, sponsored by the Hudson Dugout Club.
Guided team to four state tourneys from 1989-2002 Steve Sollom had a quick answer when asked why he decided to return as Raider boys' soccer coach this season. "Because Chuck (Bublitz) quit," he said. Sollom coached the Raiders from 1989-2002, guiding the team to four state tournament appearances and five Big Rivers Conference titles. He said the decision to come back as head coach was an easy one. "Honestly, I have a strong loyalty to this program," the Hudson High School math teacher said. "I played here, I coached here.
High school football teams across the state officially began practice for the 2012 season this past Tuesday, Aug. 7, and the Hudson Raiders got going bright an early with a 7:30 a.m. workout at the high school fields. The Raiders finished the 2011 season with a record of 6-4 and made their fourth playoff appearance in five years. They open the 2012 season Friday, Aug. 24, against defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m.