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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Hudson's offense was able to rack up 389 yards on the ground in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Friday night in Rice Lake, but it wasn't until Joseph Kelly broke free for a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that the Raiders were able to breathe a little easier in a 24-14 win over the Warriors. Kelly's touchdown came after Rice Lake had trimmed the Raider lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter. The Raider victory snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors and improved Hudson's record to 2-0 on the season.
Fullback Dan Loughney accounted for 157 of Hudson's 358 yards on the ground and Loughney, Michael Hommes and Joseph Kelly all ran for touchdowns as the Raiders improved to 2-0 with a 24-14 victory at Rice Lake Friday night, Aug. 31. Loughney, who missed the Raiders' season-opening win over Kenosha Bradford a week earlier with a foot injury, opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Hommes scored on a 17-yard run later in the first to give Hudson a 14-7 lead. Sam Somerville booted a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend Hudson's lead to 17-7.
The Hudson Raider football team scored on its first two possessions of the game, the scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minute to defeat the defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford Red Devils, 28-7, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Newton Field. Wade Malecha scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards to stake Hudson to a 14-0 first quarter lead.
The Raider boys' soccer team outscored its opponents 18-2 in its first four games of the season last week, with a 2-0 loss to state powerhouse Hartland Arrowhead the only blemish on its record. Hudson defeated Onalaska, 4-0, and La Crosse Aquinas, 7-0, in a pair of games last Tuesday at the middle school field. Over the weekend they traveled across the state to Hartland where they dropped a 2-0 decision before beating Milwaukee Ronald Reagan, 7-0. The Raiders open Big Rivers Conference play Thursday, Aug. 23, at Menomonie and travel to Eau Claire North Saturday, Aug. 25.
The public will get a chance to welcome former Raider and University of Wisconsin star Davis Drewiske of the Los Angeles Kings and the Stanley Cup to Hudson this Monday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Raider football team will face a stiff challenge in its 2012 season opener this Friday against defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford. But that's not about to faze a roster led by 41 seniors. Hudson led Kenosha Bradford 13-6 at halftime in the second game of the 2011 season before the Red Devils scored 27 unanswered points on their way to an undefeated season. The Raiders went on to finish 6-4 overall, 5-2 in the Big Rivers conference and qualify for the WIAA playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
The Raider girls' tennis team dropped a pair of matches to Minnesota schools Saturday before ending its day with a 5-2 victory over the host Wildcats at the River Falls Quad. Hudson lost to East Ridge and Woodbury by identical 5-2 scores before turning the tables on the Wildcats. Head coach Dave Dahl said the team's inexperience may have played a role in the two losses. "We're going to face plenty of challenges this year," he said. "We'll have to battle every time out and make a few breaks for ourselves to succeed as a team.
When Alec Vanasse first started playing lacrosse, he looked at it as just another sport. Today, he's preparing to take his skills to North Dakota State University to play collegiate lacrosse for the Bison. Vanasse, a 2012 graduate of Hudson High School, was a member of the first boys' team ever sponsored by the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association in 2009.
Raider head football coach Adam Kowles addresses his players at the conclusion of the team's picture day Saturday morning at Newton Field. The team took part in a pancake breakfast hosted by the Hudson Benchwarmers before holding a walk-through practice followed by team and individual pictures. The Raiders will take part in a six-team scrimmage this Friday, Aug. 17, in Menomonie, before kicking of the 2012 season at home next Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. against defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford.
The Raider girls' tennis team received contributions from both its returning players and newcomers while winning two of three matches at the season-opening Eau Claire North Quad last Saturday in Eau Claire. The Raiders swept Superior and Eau Claire North by identical 7-0 scores before falling to Eau Claire Regis, 5-2. "With so many new faces in the lineup, I was happy to win two of three today," head coach Dave Dahl said.