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 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
Seniors Matt Strachota and Tyler Smrcina will represent Hudson in the 2012 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Division 1-3 All-Star Game at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh July 14. The WFCA will host two games that day with the Division 4-7 North and South teams squaring off at noon and the Division 1-3 game at 5 p.m.
Raider senior Jessie Kirkwood has earned a spot on the All-Big Rivers Conference Girls' Basketball Team for the second straight season while junior Kindra Witthus was selected for the third straight year according to the list released by the conference Monday afternoon, March 26. Both Raiders were among 11 players to receive honorable mention to the 2012 team.
Not a bad start to the season, considering half the team was still on spring break. The Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams both finished third in the Large School division at the season-opening Northern Badger Indoor Classic last Saturday, March 24 at UW-Stout, and that was just fine with the coaches. "It was a great start to the season, especially considering we had a good number of athletes missing," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
The Raider wrestling team put the finishing touches on another successful season, and handed out team awards to a number of deserving athletes at its annual banquet March 13 at The Orchard banquet facility. The team said goodbye to three seniors -- Tanner Owens, Kolya Hawksford and Drew Krahenbuhl -- while looking back at a season than included a final ranking of No. 10 in the state, two individual state tournament place winners, a regional championship and a Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St.
It's a little ironic that the Raider track and field teams have been practicing mostly outside for over two weeks now, yet will have to go inside for their first two meets of the season. The Raiders kick off the 2012 spring season this Saturday, March 24, at the Northern Badger Classic at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. A week later, they compete at the All-American Invitational at Knowles Center in River Falls. Hudson's boys' and girls' teams have been among the strongest in the state for years.
Raider senior Dylan Haskins and junior Daniel Tripicchio have earned honorable mention to the 2012 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State team while both players, along with Raider senior James Fall, were named to All-Big Rivers Conference teams by the league coaches. Tripicchio was named to the All-BRC first team and Haskins earned a spot on the All-BRC second team while Fall received honorable mention. The trio was the top three scorers for the Raiders this season and helped the team to a record of 12-9-1 and a regional championship.
The Raider boys' basketball team cut a 14-point Chippewa Falls at halftime lead down to four in the fourth quarter of last Friday night's WIAA regional semifinal in Chippewa Falls but the Cardinals held on for a 59-54 victory to advance to Saturday night's regional final. The Cardinals lost to La Crosse Central, 62-48, Saturday night to end the season with a record of 16-8 while Hudson's season came to an end the night before with a mark of 12-11. After trailing 31-17 at the half, the Raiders cut two points off the Cardinal lead to make it a 12-point game, 41-29, at the end of three.
The Raider girls' basketball team did all it could to pull out a win in its final home game of the season last Thursday night against River Falls. The Raiders battled back from a six-point third quarter deficit to forge a 46-46 tie early in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to open up a 10-point lead on their way to a 68-54 victory. Two nights earlier the Raiders dropped a 45-31 nonconference decision to New Richmond. They took a final regular season record of 4-17 into this past Tuesday's (March 6) WIAA regional opener at Eau Claire Memorial.