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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Even Raider boys' tennis coach Dave Dahl was impressed with his team's 6-1 victory over Menomonie last Thursday, April 21. All six of the Raiders' wins came in straight sets with their only loss coming in three sets at the No. 4 singles position. "This was a pretty convincing team victory against a Menomonie squad that came back this year with a fair amount of experience," Dahl said. The win kept the Raiders undefeated on the season with an overall mark of 4-0 and improved their Big Rivers Conference record to 2-0 heading into Thursday's (April 28) conference match at River Falls.
Brett Steinwagner went the distance to earn the win in the first game and Austin Lenzen and John Stoffer combined on a five-hitter in the nightcap as the Raider baseball team swept Menomonie, 5-4 and 4-2, last Thursday, April 21 at Grandview Park. The sweep kept the Raiders perfect in the Big Rivers Conference at 3-0.
The Raider boys' tennis team is off to a 3-0 start to the season, including a 7-0 blanking of Eau Claire North in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday, April 14. Hudson opened with a 5-2 nonconference win last Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville and picked up their latest victory with a 5-2 decision over Hill-Murray this past Monday.
Neither rain, nor wind, nor sleet, nor snow could stop the Raider track and field teams last Friday, April 15. The depth of both squads was on full display as both the Raider boys and girls took first place at the eight-team Hudson True Team Invitational at E.P. Rock Elementary School.
The Raider baseball team kicked off its Big Rivers Conference season in style by knocking off eighth-ranked Chippewa Falls, 4-2, last Friday, April 15 in Chippewa Falls. The Cardinals sent their ace, NCAA Division I bound Justin Janquish, to the mound but it was Hudson junior Brett Steinwagner who stole the spotlight, working out of some jams in the opening innings before settling down and holding the Cardinals to just three hits and no runs over the final four frames. Hudson's offense took advantage of Steinwagner's complete-game effort by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to
Deven DuCharme hit a bases-clearing double to highlight a five-run second inning and Alex Johnson and Lexi Smith combined on a five-hitter to lead the Raider softball team to a 6-0 victory over St. Paul Como Park in its home opener last Thursday, April 14 at Grandview Park. The Raiders improved to 2-0 with the victory and will open Big Rivers Conference play with a doubleheader against Menomonie (2-1) this Thursday, April 21, beginning at 4 p.m.
Two games, two outcomes for the Raiders girls' soccer team last week. The Raiders jumped right into Big Rivers Conference play to open their season and after leading Eau Claire Memorial 1-0 at halftime on Tuesday, April 12 they came out on the short end of a 5-1 decision. Thursday, April 14, they held Menomonie without a shot on goal and recorded a 1-0 victory. The Raiders were scheduled to host River Falls in their home opener Tuesday night, April 19 before hitting the road for six straight games, beginning Thursday, April 21, at Rice Lake. First-year head coach John Knutson said last Tue
Morgan Karras prides herself on being a competitor and a leader by example. Both of those attributes will be tested this spring. Karras, a multi-sport athlete who has earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors in both tennis and soccer, and qualified for the state tennis tournament last fall, tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee while playing for the Raider basketball team this winter.
The Raider track and field teams got their first chance to compete outside last week, and while no team scores were kept at Thursday's (April 7)Hastings Quad, both Raider teams posted a number of first place finishes. Senior Angela Tipp led a Raider romp in the girls' 100 meter dash, winning the event with a personal best time of 13.12 seconds. Junior Katie Thielman took third in 14.28 and sophomore Erikka Haft was fourth in 14.32 while freshman Claire Zais finished sixth in 14.6. Tipp also won the 200 meter dash, setting a new senior class record with a time of 26.23 seconds.
The Raiders' softball team erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday, April 8 to post an 8-3 victory over New Richmond in the season opener for both teams on the Tigers' home field. Hudson trailed 3-2 after six innings of play before getting a lead-off single from Sydney Berger to start the seventh. Shelby Berger sacrificed Sydney Berger to second before Deven DuCharme laced a run-scoring double to tie the score, 3-3. Base hits by Kindra Witthus, Lexi Smith, Alex Johnson and Bridget Warren led to five more Raider runs in the inning.