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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It's never easy playing your first game of the season against one of the conference favorites, especially when the other team has three games, and three wins, already under its belt. But that was the scenario the Raider girls' soccer team faced in its season opener last Thursday, April 12 against Eau Claire Memorial at the middle school field.
The Raider boys' tennis team got off to a hot start last week with dual wins over Baldwin-Woodville and Chippewa Falls and three 7-0 victories over Wisconsin Valley Conference opponents at the BRC/MVC Challenge Saturday at Eau Claire North. The Raiders opened the season with a 6-1 win at Baldwin last Tuesday, April 10, before winning their BRC opener at Chippewa Falls, 5-2, on the road two days later.
Como Park scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hand Hudson a 12-2 defeat by virtue of the ten-run rule in the Raider softball team's season opener last Thursday in St. Paul. Como Park, fielding a lineup that included eight seniors and one junior, got some timely hits and took advantage of a few costly Hudson errors on its way to the win, according to first-year Raider coach Jim Revoir. "Como played a great game and we struggled at the plate as well," Revoir said.
To say the conditions were blustery at the Hudson Golf Invitational Monday at Troy Burne Golf Course would be an understatement. Fighting gusts approaching 20 miles per hour and a temperature in the low 30s at the 9 a.m. start, all 22 teams at the season-opening event struggled with the conditions. Tartan topped the 12-team Division 1 field with a team score of 333 while Unity won the 10-team Division 2 competition with 337. The Raiders ended up finishing fifth in Division 1 with a score of 354, three strokes behind third place Superior and four behind third place Woodbury.
The Raider track and field teams continued to make their presence known on the state honor rolls last week. Both the Raider boys' and girls' 4x100 meter relay teams posted the fastest times of any Wisconsin school at the Hastings Triangular last Thursday. Hudson's girls' 4x100 squad of Julia Douglas, Erikka Haft, Claire Zais and Katie Thielman teamed up for a time of 51.91 seconds, while the Raider boys' team of Tucker Malecha, Tyler Smrcina, Brandon D'Andrea and Dan Kelly combined for a time of 43.68. Hudson's boys won their race by nearly eight seconds over Park-Cottage Grove whi
Allie Knutson said she's still getting used to being back home after spending two years in Mongolia with the Peace Corps.
After opening the season with one win in three games against Minnesota opponents last week, the Raider bats came alive in their first Wisconsin competition this past Monday, April 9. Hudson's offense erupted for ten runs while pitchers Kellen Pearson and Austin Evenson combined for a two-hit shutout in a 10-0, five-inning victory over New Richmond at Grandview Park.
New Raider softball coach Jim Revoir uses one word repeatedly when describing his thoughts about the program: Impressed. From the players to the coaching staff and community and school support, Revoir said everything's coming together. "It's been a good couple of weeks," he said about preseason practice. "The girls are working really hard. I'm impressed with the overall talent Hudson has compared to where I've coached in the past.
The Raider baseball team returns seven players from last year's squad, and will be joined by ten players that helped the Raider JV finish 16-5 in 2011, as it opens the season with a pair of home games this week. Hudson will host Stillwater in the home opener Thursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. before facing Mahtomedi Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m. Leading the corps of returning players are senior Brett Steinwagner and Kellen Pearson.
Junior Ryan Kromer set a new meet record in the boys' 1600 meter run and senior Katie Wetzstein won the girls' 1600 meter run as both the Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams finished third at the All-American Invitational Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Kromer won his race with a time of 4 minutes, 24.97 seconds, breaking the old meet record of 4:25.72 set by Michael Christianson of La Crosse Aquinas in 2011. Wetzstein took first in the girls' 1600 with a time of 5:08.1, over eight seconds faster than second place Paige Skorseth of River Falls. Hudson also picked up fi