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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Raider senior Charlie Skinner will be recognized as an all-state swimmer in two individual events and join teammates Willie Skinner, August Jorgensen and Sawyer Arndt as Honorable Mention All-State for the 400 yard freestyle relay when the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association honors its 2011-12 All-State teams at its annual banquet this Sunday, May 6, in Hartford. Charlie Skinner, who was Honorable Mention All-State in the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard butterfly last year as a junior, moved up to All-State status in both events this year.
The Raider girls' soccer team scored a season-high six goals in a Big Rivers Conference win over Rice Lake last Tuesday, April 24 before playing Eau Claire North to a 1-1 tie in its first road game of the season on Thursday, April 26. The Raiders, now 2-2-1 in BRC play, hosted Chippewa Falls (1-3-1) this past Tuesday and will play a nonconference game at Somerset this Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m.
The Raider track and field teams show no signs of letting up heading into the stretch run of the season. Both the boys' and girls' teams took first at both the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational and the Rice Lake Invitational last week. The teams will compete at the New Richmond Relays this Friday, May 4, and the Rochester Mayo Invitational Saturday, May 5, before preparing for the Big Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday, May 15, at Eau Claire North. "We have a few great meets coming up this week and the athletes have been doing well," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
Lexi Smith homered twice in the opener and Kindra Witthus went deep in the nightcap as the Raider softball team swept Menomonie, 15-3 and 4-2, in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday, April 26 in Menomonie. Smith did it all in game one, limiting the Mustangs to two runs over the first six innings in the circle while cracking a three-run home run and a grand slam at the plate.
The Raider boys' tennis team continued to flex its muscles in Big Rivers Conference play with a pair of 7-0 victories over Eau Claire North and Menomonie last week. The two wins kept the Raiders undefeated in BRC play at 3-0 heading into their conference match Thursday, May 3, at home against River Falls.
Mike Stoskopf didn't hesitate when asked what he'll miss most about coaching the Raider boys' hockey team. "The kids," he said. "The humor. Seeing kids push through and having courage. When everybody comes together, there's not much better than seeing a bunch of happy high school kids." Stoskopf announced his retirement as Hudson High School's boys' hockey coach last week after 24 years on the Raider bench.
The Raider baseball team spent three days alone in first place in the Big Rivers Conference after a 6-0 victory over Rice Lake last Tuesday, April 24, but a 9-1 loss Friday, April 27 to defending state champion Eau Claire North left Hudson a half-game back of the Huskies heading into this week's action. Hudson, 4-2 in BRC play, 7-4 overall after a 10-5 nonconference victory over East Ridge (Minn.) last Thursday, played a road game at Chippewa Falls this past Tuesday and will visit Eau Claire Memorial on Friday, May 4. Saturday, May 5, they play a nonconference game at South St.
The Raider track and field teams combined for 12 first-place performances as both the boys' and girls' teams continued to dominate their competition by sweeping first place at the Park Quadrangular in Cottage Grove last Friday. One day earlier, the Raider girls also took first at the six-team White Bear Lake Invitational against some strong Minnesota competition. Last Friday in Cottage Grove, Bryan Caffin was a double-winner for the Raider boys, leading Hudson to a sweep of the top three spots in the shot put and the top four places in the discus. Caffin won the shot put with a thr
Senior outfielder Drew Pheneger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning, then threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning to cap a game-ending double play and give the Raider baseball team a 5-4 Big Rivers Conference win at River Falls last Friday, April 20. Earlier in the week the Raiders split a doubleheader at Menomonie, winning the first game, 16-7, before suffering their first BRC loss of the season in the nightcap, 11-4. The Raiders sit one-half game behind Eau Claire North for first place in the BRC at 3-1 in
The Raider boys' golf team has withstood the elements and the competition to get off to a fast start to the 2012 season. After opening the season with a fifth-place finish at the blustery Hudson Invitational at Troy Burne Golf Course April 9, the Raiders squared off against 13 other teams on another cold, windy day last Monday, April 19, at the Tartan Invitational.