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 track and field teams just keep getting better and better. One week after both teams repeated as Big Rivers Conference champions, the Raiders took a huge collective step toward next week's WIAA State Track and Field Meet by sweeping the Division 1 regional Monday, May 23, in River Falls. Hudson's boys claimed 10 regional titles and the girls picked up seven while the two teams combined to send 37 athletes to this Thursday's sectional meet in Wausau.
The Raider boys' tennis team will be represented in six of the seven flights at Wednesday's (May 25) sectional in Marshfield after qualifying at Monday's subsectional in New Richmond. Hudson finished second, just two points behind Eau Claire Memorial Monday with 22 points.
The Raider girls' soccer is gearing up for the postseason on a high note after winning three straight games last week, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference contests. Hudson blanked Rice Lake, 3-0, last Tuesday, May 17 and shut out Eau Claire North, 1-0, in double overtime Thursday, May 19 before picking up a 3-1 nonconference victory over New Richmond on Friday, May 20. The Raiders, now 8-6-1 overall, 3-5-1 in the BRC, have won four of their last five games and wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday (May 24) at home against Chippewa Falls.
The Raider softball team had a pair of different outcomes in two nonconference games last week, crushing St. Croix Falls, 12-0, in five innings last Monday, May 16, before being held to just one hit in a 6-1 loss at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday, May 20. The Raiders, now 12-8 overall, 5-5 in Big Rivers Conference play, wrapped up the regular season with a BRC doubleheader at Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday, May 24. The WIAA regional playoffs get underway on Tuesday, May 31. Last Monday at St.
The Raider baseball team picked up a pair of big victories last week to improve to 9-8 overall, 7-4 in Big Rivers Conference play heading into the final week of the regular season. The Raiders defeated New Richmond, 7-4, last Tuesday, May 17 and Rice Lake, 4-3, Thursday, May 19. Saturday's scheduled doubleheader at home against Onalaska was rained out. Hudson wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday, May 24 at seventh-ranked Eau Claire North.
Hudson took first at the WIAA Division 1 golf regional on its home course Tuesday and River Falls finished second to earn the top two qualifying spots for next week's sectional tournament in Wausau. Hudson posted a team score of 320 at the 8-team regional while River Falls was three strokes behind with 323. Also qualifying for the May 31 sectional was third place Eau Claire North (333) and fourth place Superior (335) who earned the spot by beating Chippewa Falls in a playoff. Hudson's Luke Burbach and River Falls' Garrett Loomis tied for medalist honors with scores of 74.
Hudson cemented its spot as the top track and field program in the conference by sweeping both the boys and girls championships at the Big Rivers Conference Meet Tuesday, May 17, in Rice Lake. It's the seventh straight BRC track title for the Raider girls and the third straight for Hudson's boys. Katie Wetzstein and Jamie Lindstrom were both double winners in the girls' competition.
The Raider boys' tennis team tied for second place with Chippewa Falls at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament that concluded Monday, May 16 in Eau Claire, but a loss to the Cardinals in the final BRC dual meet of the season last Tuesday left the Raiders in third place in the final conference standings. Eau Claire Memorial took first at the tournament, which was halted Saturday by rain and continued on Monday.
The Raiders girls' soccer team has struggled to put the ball into the net against Big Rivers Conference opponents this season, so head coach John Knutson said it was nice to see the team score three times in its shutout victory over Menomonie last Tuesday. "It's a good confidence builder for our offensive attack," he said. "We had three dynamic goals tonight and hopefully that offensive momentum will carry through the second half of our season." The win came exactly a week after the Raiders scored seven goals in a nonconference shutout victory against Baldwin-Woodville.
The Raider softball team dropped a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader to Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 10 before going 2-1 at the Robbinsdale (Minn.) Cooper Tournament on Saturday, May 14. Chippewa Falls swept Hudson 5-0 and 5-3 at Grandview Park Tuesday before the Raiders defeated Robbinsdale Cooper, 6-4, and Robbinsdale Armstrong, 8-1, while falling to Maple Lake, 3-2, Saturday in New Hope, Minn. Maya Triebold and Deven DuCharme combined for five hits and two home runs in the win over Cooper.