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 volleyball coach Dennis Saathoff described last week as "a bit rough," for his team. Last Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Raiders battled back from two sets down to tie River Falls, only to lose the fifth and deciding set by two points. Saturday the team traveled to north to Maple where it finished fourth in the eight-team Northwestern Invitational. The Raiders hosted Rice Lake this past Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will compete in the Cretin-Derham Hall Tournament Saturday, Oct.
Hudson senior Cassie Wurm earned medalist honors with a score of 76 to lead the Raiders to a third place team finish at the WIAA Division 1 Golf Regional Wednesday at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. River Falls won the team title with a total score of 341 followed by New Richmond with 346, Hudson with 374 and Rice Lake with 387. All four teams move on to the WIAA Sectional next Wednesday, Oct.
Rice Lake quarterback Kody Novinska hit receiver Harrison Weddes with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds remaining in the game last Friday night to give the Warriors a 23-21 win over Hudson at Pug Lund Field in Rice Lake. Raider quarterback Luke Miller's second touchdown pass of the game to Alexandar Herink early in the fourth quarter gave the Raiders a 21-17 lead, but Hudson couldn't overcome two interceptions and two lost fumbles in the loss. Tyler Smrcina's 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Sam Somerville's extra point gave Hudson 7-6 lead but the Raiders trailed
The Raider boys' soccer team came out on opposite ends of a pair of 3-1 games last week, falling to Big Rivers Conference leader Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday before defeating Menomonie Thursday. Hudson, now 2-6-0 in the BRC, visited River Falls (5-4-0) this past Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will host Rice Lake (1-5-2) Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the middle school field.
Four days after hosting the eight-team Hudson Invitational last Tuesday, the Raider cross country teams traveled to St. Paul Saturday to compete in one of the biggest cross country meets in the nation. The 26th annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, was held at the Les Bolstad golf course on the St. Paul campus. The event features 11 high school and college races and over 4,000 participants. This year the Raiders competed in the Gold Division, considered the stronger of the two large school races.
Most people in Big Rivers Conference tennis circles figured Eau Claire Memorial would win Saturday's conference tournament. And they did. But Hudson didn't make it easy for them. Kelsie Hines won a conference title at No. 4 singles and the Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder teamed up for a championship at No. 1 doubles as the Raiders finished second to the Old Abes Saturday in Eau Claire. Eau Claire Memorial finished with 38 points at the tourney and, coupled with their undefeated regular season record, claimed the conference title by four points over Hudson.
Last week was a busy, and record-setting, week for the Raider girls swim and dive team. The Raiders picked up dual meet victories over Simley and Menomonie and took first place at Saturday's 10-team Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North while setting a number of school and meet records along the way. Devin Cicha set her second school record of the year in the 200 freestyle against Simley last Tuesday and broke the Raider record in the 500 freestyle Thursday against Menomonie before ending her week with a meet record in the 200 freestyle at the Husky Invite. Hudson set two other me
Rice Lake scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play with a 23-21 victory over Hudson Friday night in Rice Lake. Luke Miller's second touchdown pass of the game to Alexandar Herink gave the Raiders a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Hudson couldn't overcome two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Tyler Smrcina's 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Sam Somerville's extra point gave Hudson 7-6 lead but the Raiders trailed 14-7 at halftime. Miller found Herink for a 32-yard touchdown midway through the third quar
Hudson's Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race by nearly 30 seconds to lead five Raiders in the top 20, and Ryan Kromer was edged by two-tenths of a second for first place in the boys' race, at the Rice Lake Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday in Rice Lake. The Raider girls finished first out of 30 teams at the invite with a team score of 48.
Despite slow starts in each set last Tuesday night against Menomonie, The Hudson volleyball team bounced back to win three of the four sets to post a 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Indians. Raider head coach Dennis Saathoff said the slow starts have been a trend with the Raiders so far this season. "We have struggled all year with slow starts and it happened again against Menomonie," he said.