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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Deven DuCharme hit a bases-clearing double to highlight a five-run second inning and Alex Johnson and Lexi Smith combined on a five-hitter to lead the Raider softball team to a 6-0 victory over St. Paul Como Park in its home opener last Thursday, April 14 at Grandview Park. The Raiders improved to 2-0 with the victory and will open Big Rivers Conference play with a doubleheader against Menomonie (2-1) this Thursday, April 21, beginning at 4 p.m.
Two games, two outcomes for the Raiders girls' soccer team last week. The Raiders jumped right into Big Rivers Conference play to open their season and after leading Eau Claire Memorial 1-0 at halftime on Tuesday, April 12 they came out on the short end of a 5-1 decision. Thursday, April 14, they held Menomonie without a shot on goal and recorded a 1-0 victory. The Raiders were scheduled to host River Falls in their home opener Tuesday night, April 19 before hitting the road for six straight games, beginning Thursday, April 21, at Rice Lake. First-year head coach John Knutson said last Tue
Morgan Karras prides herself on being a competitor and a leader by example. Both of those attributes will be tested this spring. Karras, a multi-sport athlete who has earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors in both tennis and soccer, and qualified for the state tennis tournament last fall, tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee while playing for the Raider basketball team this winter.
The Raider track and field teams got their first chance to compete outside last week, and while no team scores were kept at Thursday's (April 7)Hastings Quad, both Raider teams posted a number of first place finishes. Senior Angela Tipp led a Raider romp in the girls' 100 meter dash, winning the event with a personal best time of 13.12 seconds. Junior Katie Thielman took third in 14.28 and sophomore Erikka Haft was fourth in 14.32 while freshman Claire Zais finished sixth in 14.6. Tipp also won the 200 meter dash, setting a new senior class record with a time of 26.23 seconds.
The Raiders' softball team erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday, April 8 to post an 8-3 victory over New Richmond in the season opener for both teams on the Tigers' home field. Hudson trailed 3-2 after six innings of play before getting a lead-off single from Sydney Berger to start the seventh. Shelby Berger sacrificed Sydney Berger to second before Deven DuCharme laced a run-scoring double to tie the score, 3-3. Base hits by Kindra Witthus, Lexi Smith, Alex Johnson and Bridget Warren led to five more Raider runs in the inning.
The Raider baseball team split its first two games of the season last week against some pretty stiff competition from Minnesota, coming from behind to defeat Simley, 8-7, Friday before losing at Stillwater, 10-3, Saturday. The Raiders continued their string against Minnesota opponents by hosting East Ridge Tuesday and will visit Mahtomedi on Saturday, April 16.
Hudson hockey players Ryan Dau and Spencer Korum are among 20 of the top seniors in the state named to the Team Wisconsin squad that will compete in this weekend's CCM Minnesota Hockey High School National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in Plymouth. The tournament will feature teams comprised of the top high school players from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan and Massachusetts. Team Wisconsin won the inaugural NIT championship last year after competing at the now-defunct Chicago Showcase the previous 25 years.
Raider junior Charlie Skinner's name will be announced twice when the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association honors its 2010-11 All-State teams at its annual banquet May 1 in Hartford. Skinner earned honorable mention all-state for his top times in the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard butterfly this season.
Hudson's Ryan Dau and Spencer Korum played in the 29th annual Wisconsin Senior Class Hockey Tournament March 25-27 in Waupun and made significant contributions to help the Section 1 team reach the tournament title game. The Senior Class Tournament is broken up into eight teams featuring the top seniors in the state.
The Raider track and field teams have already proven to be among the best in Western Wisconsin.