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 Hudson wrestling team opened the season on the right foot, with a 57-15 win over Big Rivers Conference opponent Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday in Eau Claire. Hudson now holds a 21-2 record all time record against the Old Abes, including wins in the last ten years straight. "We wrestled pretty well," Raider head coach Chris Hansen said. "But we were pinned twice and that is not characteristic of us.
Former Hudson Raider and University of Wisconsin football star Kraig Urbik had his hands full in his second career NFL start Sunday at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Playing both right guard and center for the Buffalo Bills against the Minnesota Vikings, Urbik spent most of the afternoon trying to protect his quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Viking's acclaimed defensive line, mostly the famed "Williams Wall" duo of defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams. Urbik didn't allow a sack and played a penalty-free game.
The Raider boys' hockey team gave second-ranked Eau Claire Memorial all it could handle for a little more than a period last Thursday night before the Old Abes erupted for five straight goals in the second period on their way to a 6-1 victory over Hudson. The win boosted Eau Claire Memorial's record to 3-0-0 while the game marked the season opener for the Raiders. After Hudson sophomore Daniel Tripicchio snapped the Old Abes string of five straight goals to make it a 5-1 game at the end of two, the Raiders held Eau Claire Memorial to just one goal in the third period, despite being outshot 1
Hudson Crusaders' goaltender Josh Lehr will play his last game for the team on Sunday, Dec. 5, at home against the Minnesota Owls before joining the Bethel University hockey team after the Christmas break. Sunday's game time is 6:10 p.m.
The Raider boys' hockey team will jump right into Big Rivers Conference action when it opens the 2010-11 season at defending conference champion Eau Claire Memorial Thursday night, Dec. 2. The Raiders continue the season with a nonconference road game at New Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 7, and a BRC contest at Menomonie Thursday, Dec. 9, before their home opener Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.
First-year Raider girls' basketball coach Ed Johnson described his team's play in last Friday's season opener against Superior as 20 minutes of good basketball and 12 minutes of being just OK. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to pull out a win. Despite going on a second half tear that saw them cut a 15-point third quarter deficit down to two with two minutes remaining, the Raiders couldn't get over the hump and came out on the short end of a 58-51 decision to the Spartans. "I think we did a nice job, except for the second quarter and a little bit of the third," Johnson said.
Raider boys' basketball coach Jason Swavely said there will be an "interesting dynamic" to the team this season. With four returning players who appeared in at least 14 games last season, three more who saw some action with the varsity, and seven more first-year players, including four seniors, Swavely said there's plenty of competition to fill roles. "It's going to be an interesting dynamic," he said.
The Hudson Crusaders won two of three games over the weekend to move into a four-way tie for third place in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. The Crusaders defeated the Minnesota Wildcats 8-3 Saturday and the Twin Cities Northern Lights, 5-0, Sunday. Their only loss of the weekend came Friday at the Rochester Ice Hawks by a score of 9-5. The Crusaders are now 9-10-0-2 in MNJHL play, tied with the Edina Lakers, Minnesota Flying Aces and Minnesota Owls for third place in the league standings with 20 points each.
Raider senior Chris Berglund has been named to the All-Big Rivers Conference Soccer Team for the second straight season while senior JC Tantalean, junior Ian Hey and sophomore Seth Blum earned All-BRC honors for the first time. Berglund and Blum were both named to the All-BRC Second Team while Tantalean and Hey received Honorable Mention. Berglund was an Honorable Mention selection last year as a junior. Eau Claire Memorial had the most players named to the team with nine, including BRC Player of the Year Zach Brown.
The hard work and determination displayed by members of the Raider football team this season paid off last week with 11 Raiders named to 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Senior offensive lineman Matt Krier and junior defensive lineman Matt Strachota were both named to the All-BRC First Team while senior defensive lineman Will Johnson, junior linebacker Josh Schueller, senior kicker Jake Denison and junior return specialist Tyler Smrcina were all named to the second team.