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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Eight Raider football players, including four repeat selections, have been named to 2011 All-Big Rivers Conference teams as voted on by the conference coaches. Seniors Matt Strachota and Tyler Smrcina were named to the All-BRC First Team while seniors Kellen Pearson, Steven Burke, Derek Campbell and Lawrence Pruitt, junior Dan Loughney, and sophomore Alexandar Herink, were named to the Second Team. In addition to the all-conference honors, Strachota and Smrcina were also named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region Team while Strachota earned honorable mention to the
Senior Amanda Baker posted Hudson's highest finish at last Saturday's WIAA Division 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships by placing eighth in diving with a score of 329.1. Baker's finish accounted for 11 of the Raiders' 25 team points. Hudson competed in six events and finished 22nd out of 43 teams at the state meet at the UW-Natatorium in Madison. Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said all of Hudson's state competitors did a nice job of maintaining scores and times. "Really, this year, state was all about the experience," Hackbarth said.
Hudson boys' soccer coach Chuck Bublitz announced last Friday he has resigned after six years with the Raider program. In an e-mail statement sent Friday, Nov. 11, Bublitz cited family and school as factors in his decision. "The decision to resign was one reached after much discussion with my family that I did not reach lightly," he wrote.
Hudson earned sectional titles in four events and qualified for state in six events while finishing as runner-up at the WIAA Division 1 sectional swimming and diving competition at the middle school over the weekend. Senior Amanda Baker won her second straight sectional championship in diving and freshman Devin Cicha won titles in a pair of individual events while the Raider 400 freestyle relay team swam to a first place finish. All four sectional titles came by virtue of new Hudson school records, The Raiders finished second at the 13-team sectional with 308.5 points, behind only
The Raider girls' swim and dive team only lost one Big Rivers Conference dual meet this season. And that's the only team they finished behind last Saturday at the BRC Championship Meet in Eau Claire. Hudson, boosted by a record-setting effort in the 400 freestyle relay and conference titles in four different events, compiled a score of 533 at the seven-team meet, second only to Eau Claire Memorial's 653.5.
Hudson senior captain Katie Wetzstein had two goals going into the WIAA State Cross Country Championships last Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Madison -- a top six finish for the team and a top ten placing for herself. Mission accomplished on both fronts. The Raider girls posted their best finish ever at the state meet by placing sixth out of 16 teams while Wetzstein ended her Raider career by finishing ninth in the field of 190 runners. "It's really special; incredible," Wetzstein said moments after learning she and her teammates had taken sixth.
Hudson junior Ryan Kromer finished fourth and the Raider girls posted their best team finish ever at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Kromer crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 47.55 seconds, 12 seconds behind Division 1 champion Chandler Diffee of Madison La Follette. Raider senior Katie Wetzstein posted a top-ten time in the girls' race, finishing ninth in 14:40.52. Alexandria Fons of Franklin was the individual Division 1 champ with a time of 13:56.48. The Raider girls finished sixth overall, their best showing ever at state, with 216 points.
Former Hudson Raider Ben Gresmer was crowned slam dunk champion at UW-River Falls' Midnight Madness, which kicked off the Falcon basketball season overnight Oct. 15-16. Gresmer wowed the judges and crowd at the Karges Center with a series of acrobatic dunks, including jumping over a teammate in a chair who fed him the ball while he was in the air. Gresmer, a 6-foot, 4-inch junior guard at UWRF, was an honorable mention All-Big Rivers Conference selection as a senior on the Raiders' last BRC championship team in 2009.
The Raider girls' swim and dive team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships with a 95-70 victory over Chippewa Falls in the final dual meet of the season last Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the middle school pool. The BRC Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct. 29, at Eau Claire North. Diving competition begins at 10 a.m.
Hudson's Ryan Kromer and Katie Wetzstein swept the individual titles and the Raider girls took the runner-up spot at the WIAA Division 1 sectional cross country meet at Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah last Saturday, Oct. 22. Kromer won the boys' race by 4.5 seconds while Wetzstein finished 14 seconds ahead of the rest of the field to punch their return tickets to state. Wetzstein will be joined by the rest of her teammates who combined for a second place score of 70 at Saturday's sectional. The WIAA State Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Oct.