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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Senior McKenzie Buck scored both Hudson goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give the Raider girls' soccer team its first win of the season, 2-1, over Menomonie last Tuesday at the middle school field. Two nights later, the Raiders dipped to 1-2 on the season following a 5-0 loss to Big Rivers Conference defending champion River Falls. After hosting Rice Lake (0-3-0 BRC) this past Tuesday, April 24, the Raiders travel to Eau Claire North (2-0-1) Thursday, April 26, before returning home to host Chippewa Falls (1-2-1) Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. Last Tuesday at home agains
Raider boys' tennis coach Dave Dahl hit the nail on the head when he summed up his team's play at the Wausau West Invitational last Saturday. "When you win 27 of 28 matches played, it's a pretty good weekend," he said. The Raiders went 4-0 against Wisconsin Valley foes to improve to 9-0 in dual matches this season. Hudson defeated Wausau Newman and Wausau East by identical 7-0 scores before beating D.C. Everest, 6-1.
The Raider softball team didn't let a little cold, wind and rain spoil the debut of its new home last Friday, April 13. And the New Richmond Tigers couldn't do anything about it either. Hudson scored 13 runs on 11 hits and never struck out on its way to a 13-4 win over the Tigers in the first varsity game ever played at Grandview's Field No.
Swirling winds, on-and-off rain and chilly temperatures only added to the drama in last Friday's Big Rivers Conference baseball opener between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial. The two teams combined for 29 runs, 28 hits and eight errors in a wild affair that saw the Raiders pull out a 15-14 victory over the fourth-ranked Old Abes. Hudson scored seven runs in both the first and fifth innings before scoring the game-winner on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Hommes that scored Todd Mork in the bottom of the sixth. Hommes, the third of four Raider pitchers in the game, was credited
The Raider track and field teams' depth was on full display last Friday, April 13 as they battled the elements and the opposition to sweep the girls and boys titles at the Hudson True Team Invitational at Newton Field. Under the true team format every competitor scores points. In individual events, in meets with eight teams like Friday's, each team can enter a maximum of three competitors. First place is awarded 24 points, second place 23, and so on down to last place.
It's never easy playing your first game of the season against one of the conference favorites, especially when the other team has three games, and three wins, already under its belt. But that was the scenario the Raider girls' soccer team faced in its season opener last Thursday, April 12 against Eau Claire Memorial at the middle school field.
The Raider boys' tennis team got off to a hot start last week with dual wins over Baldwin-Woodville and Chippewa Falls and three 7-0 victories over Wisconsin Valley Conference opponents at the BRC/MVC Challenge Saturday at Eau Claire North. The Raiders opened the season with a 6-1 win at Baldwin last Tuesday, April 10, before winning their BRC opener at Chippewa Falls, 5-2, on the road two days later.
Como Park scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hand Hudson a 12-2 defeat by virtue of the ten-run rule in the Raider softball team's season opener last Thursday in St. Paul. Como Park, fielding a lineup that included eight seniors and one junior, got some timely hits and took advantage of a few costly Hudson errors on its way to the win, according to first-year Raider coach Jim Revoir. "Como played a great game and we struggled at the plate as well," Revoir said.
To say the conditions were blustery at the Hudson Golf Invitational Monday at Troy Burne Golf Course would be an understatement. Fighting gusts approaching 20 miles per hour and a temperature in the low 30s at the 9 a.m. start, all 22 teams at the season-opening event struggled with the conditions. Tartan topped the 12-team Division 1 field with a team score of 333 while Unity won the 10-team Division 2 competition with 337. The Raiders ended up finishing fifth in Division 1 with a score of 354, three strokes behind third place Superior and four behind third place Woodbury.
The Raider track and field teams continued to make their presence known on the state honor rolls last week. Both the Raider boys' and girls' 4x100 meter relay teams posted the fastest times of any Wisconsin school at the Hastings Triangular last Thursday. Hudson's girls' 4x100 squad of Julia Douglas, Erikka Haft, Claire Zais and Katie Thielman teamed up for a time of 51.91 seconds, while the Raider boys' team of Tucker Malecha, Tyler Smrcina, Brandon D'Andrea and Dan Kelly combined for a time of 43.68. Hudson's boys won their race by nearly eight seconds over Park-Cottage Grove whi