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 girls' soccer team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, but bounced back to go 2-0 at the Onalaska Quadrangular on Saturday, April 30. The Raiders lost 3-0 at Eau Claire North last Tuesday, April 26 and were edged by Chippewa Falls, 1-0, Thursday on the Cardinals' home field.
Hudson middle school and high school student athletes have until June 6 to register for this summer's Raider Elite strength and conditioning program. Nearly 200 high school students and over 100 middle school students took part in the program last year. The program is designed to give every athlete the opportunity to take part in a scientifically backed and individualized training program.
The Raider softball team won its first two Big Rivers Conference games in dramatic fashion last week, winning the opener of a doubleheader with Menomonie, 6-5, on a three-run walk-off home run by Deven DuCharme before rallying in the second game for eight runs in the seventh inning to tie the score and winning, 12-11, in eight innings. The sweep improved the Raiders' record to 4-0 overall and left them tied with Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls for first place in the Big Rivers Conference at 2-0. Hudson will play a doubleheader at River Falls (2-3, 0-2) Thursday, April 28 beginning at 4 p.m.
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