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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Three Raiders in top ten of each race Hudson's boys' and girls' cross country teams didn't let a few sniffles get in the way of sweeping their annual home invitational last Tuesday. Both teams ran to first place finishes despite not being at the top of their game. "Some of the team members on both the boys' and the girls' teams did not look relaxed in their performances. They seemed to be struggling too much," Raider coach Don Krupa said.
Dan Loughney rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns and Blake Amborn ran for one score and caught a TD pass for another as Hudson remained undefeated with a 48-20 victory over Eau Claire Memorial Friday night at Carson Park in Eau Claire. Amborn caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hommes, Loughney scored from 9-yards out and Austin Koski had a 2-yard touchdown run to stake Hudson to a 21-0 first quarter lead. Loughney and Amborn both scored on 67-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter to make it a 34-14 game at halftime. Loughney accounted for two third quarter touchdowns, from 4
Ryan Kromer won the boys' race and four Raider girls finished in the top ten as Hudson's cross country teams swept the team titles at the 29-team Rice Lake Invitational last Tuesday. Kromer finished over a minute faster than his closest competitor to win the boys' individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds.
The Raider girls' tennis team rolled to six straight victories last week, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins over Chippewa Falls and River Falls. Hudson blanked Chippewa Falls 7-0 at home last Tuesday before beating River Falls, 5-2, Thursday on the road. Friday and Saturday they picked up four more wins at the Big Rivers Conference/Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge in Eau Claire. At the tournament, which featured five singles matches and four doubles, the Raiders defeated Wausau East, 5-4, and Marshfield, 6-3 Friday before beating Rhinelander and D.C.
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.