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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When Alec Vanasse first started playing lacrosse, he looked at it as just another sport. Today, he's preparing to take his skills to North Dakota State University to play collegiate lacrosse for the Bison. Vanasse, a 2012 graduate of Hudson High School, was a member of the first boys' team ever sponsored by the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association in 2009.
Raider head football coach Adam Kowles addresses his players at the conclusion of the team's picture day Saturday morning at Newton Field. The team took part in a pancake breakfast hosted by the Hudson Benchwarmers before holding a walk-through practice followed by team and individual pictures. The Raiders will take part in a six-team scrimmage this Friday, Aug. 17, in Menomonie, before kicking of the 2012 season at home next Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. against defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford.
The Raider girls' tennis team received contributions from both its returning players and newcomers while winning two of three matches at the season-opening Eau Claire North Quad last Saturday in Eau Claire. The Raiders swept Superior and Eau Claire North by identical 7-0 scores before falling to Eau Claire Regis, 5-2. "With so many new faces in the lineup, I was happy to win two of three today," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) ended its long course season last weekend with swimmers competing at meets in different parts of the country. Spencer Whyte, 16, from North St. Paul, traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, to represent HASA at the Central Zone Senior Championship meet.
Former Hudson High School player Scott Jensen connects for a single off pitcher Aaron Moen at the inaugural Hudson Baseball Alumni and Friend Game Saturday at Grandview Park. Jensen, a 1993 HHS graduate who also played with the old Hudson Rebels of the St. Croix Valley Baseball league, was among a large group of former high school, Booster, amateur, American Legion and other players associated with Hudson baseball for a day of baseball and a social at the Willow River Saloon, sponsored by the Hudson Dugout Club.
Guided team to four state tourneys from 1989-2002 Steve Sollom had a quick answer when asked why he decided to return as Raider boys' soccer coach this season. "Because Chuck (Bublitz) quit," he said. Sollom coached the Raiders from 1989-2002, guiding the team to four state tournament appearances and five Big Rivers Conference titles. He said the decision to come back as head coach was an easy one. "Honestly, I have a strong loyalty to this program," the Hudson High School math teacher said. "I played here, I coached here.
High school football teams across the state officially began practice for the 2012 season this past Tuesday, Aug. 7, and the Hudson Raiders got going bright an early with a 7:30 a.m. workout at the high school fields. The Raiders finished the 2011 season with a record of 6-4 and made their fourth playoff appearance in five years. They open the 2012 season Friday, Aug. 24, against defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m.
Two Hudson errors led to five unearned runs in the second inning for Prescott as the Pirates rolled to a 10-0, eight-inning win over the River Rats in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League finale for both teams last Saturday in Prescott. The loss ended the River Rats season with a record of 6-9, tied with Elmwood for second place in the Eau Galle Division of the SCVBL behind overall champion River Falls. St. Croix Division champion Prescott improved to 14-2 and will join five other SCVBL teams when the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs get underway Aug.
Split pair of SCVBL games to remain at .500 The Hudson River Rats dropped a 5-4, 10-inning heartbreaker to the Hager City Skeeters Saturday in Hager City, but got back to .500 and kept their postseason hopes alive with an 8-4 victory over the Elmwood Expos Sunday at Grandview Park. Hudson and Elmwood are currently tied for second place in the Eau Galle Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League at 6-6 with three league games remaining. Hudson hosts the division leading River Falls Fighting Fish this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Summer vacation may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean it's all rest and relaxation for over 350 Hudson high school and middle school student-athletes. The fourth season of the Raider Elite Strength and Conditioning Summer Program is in full swing at the high school, with 231 high school and 136 middle school student athletes seeking to improve their performances in their respective sports. The students, both male and female and representing all sports in all grades, began the summer program June 11.