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 boys basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night, March 1, when it dropped a 57-45 decision to Eau Claire North in a WIAA Regional Semifinal in Hudson. The Raiders end the season with a record of 8-15 while Eau Claire North picked up its second win of the season, both over the Raiders. Hudson was the No. 8 seed in the regional while the Huskies were No. 9. Eau Claire North moves on to face top-seeded D.C. Everest in a regional final Saturday at 4 p.m. in Schofield. Eau Claire North led by five at the end of the first quarter and by six, 25-19, at the break.
Hudson junior Amanda Baker qualified for the WIAA State Gymnastics Championship in three individual events and the all-around by finishing in the top five at last Thursday's sectional tournament in Chippewa Falls. Baker placed third in the floor exercise, uneven bars and vault while tying for fourth place in the all-around competition with a total score of 35.15. The only event she didn't qualify for state in was the balance beam, where she finished ninth.
Backed by stellar goaltending and spurred on by four power-play goals, the Superior Spartans held off the Raider boys' hockey team, 6-0, in a WIAA sectional semifinal game last Tuesday night (Feb. 22) in Superior. The Raiders outshot the Spartans 32-23, including 18-2 in the second period. But the Spartans scored three times in the final period, the last time on a 5-on-3 power play, to advance to last Saturday's sectional championship game where they were defeated by New Richmond, 4-3. "We probably played the best game of the year and lost 6-0," Raider coach Mike Stoskopf said.
Raider senior Nick Larson placed fourth at 152 pounds while senior Gordon Johnson and junior Tanner Owens were eliminated in the preliminary round at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament in Madison over the weekend. All three wrestlers will hit the mat again this weekend when they join their teammates at the WIAA Team State Championships in Madison. The Raiders will take on Holmen in a state quarterfinal match Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
Hudson junior Amanda Baker qualified for the WIAA State Gymnastics Championship in three individual events and the all-around at Thursday night's sectional tournament in Chippewa Falls. Baker placed third in the floor exercise, uneven bars and vault while tying for fourth place in the all-around competition with a total score of 35.15. The only event she didn't qualify for state in was the balance beam, where she finished ninth.
John Knutson has a different soft-sided briefcase for each organization he belongs to lined up alongside each other along a wall in his office at RESCO on Heggen Road. Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Knights of Columbus, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters... the list goes on and on. Knutson recently added another briefcase to the collection; one for the Hudson High School girls' soccer program. Knutson was named Raiders' varsity head coach earlier this year.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team advanced to the WIAC Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history by defeating UW-Platteville, 69-60, in a semifinal game Thursday night at Karges Center. Falcon seniors Jontae Koonkaew and Jake Voeltz, playing for the final time in front of the Karges faithful, carried the team on their backs in the second half as UW-RF hit the 20-win mark for the first time since 2004. Koonkaew scored 20 of his team-high 23 points in the second half while Voeltz finished with 20 points, 14 after intermission. The Falcons will travel to UW-Steve
The Raider boys' basketball team knocked off Chippewa Falls, 52-41, at home last Thursday before dropping a 65-52 nonconference game to Woodbury, Minn., on Saturday. The Raiders, now 5-7 in BRC play, 7-14 overall, will wrap up the regular season with a nonconference game this Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. before opening WIAA regional play Tuesday, March 1, at home against Eau Claire North. Last Thursday against Chippewa Falls (6-5, 8-12), both teams started slowly as the Raiders led by a score of 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Sophomore Lucas Rukavina didn't plan on competing in three different events at Saturday's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison.
Chippewa Falls edged Hudson by just .025 to capture third place at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Championships in Rice Lake Friday and move into a tie for second place with the Raiders in the final BRC standings. Chippewa Falls finished Friday's tournament with a total team score of 130.500 while the Raiders finished with a total of 130.475. Hudson entered the tournament all alone in second place with four points by virtue of its 4-1 conference dual record while Chippewa Falls was in third with three conference points after going 3-2 during the regular season. The Cardinals third-pla