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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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
Ryan Dau scored off a scramble in front of the net six minutes into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Hudson's boys' hockey team to a 2-1 victory over River Falls in a WIAA Regional final game Thursday night in River Falls. The fifth-seeded Raiders move on to face top-seeded Superior Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Superior. The Spartans pulled out a 3-2 double-overtime victory over No.
Any time you can have a lead in the third quarter against the ninth-ranked team in the state and take the state's seventh-ranked team into overtime on the road, it will help your confidence. That's what the Raider girls' basketball team did last week.
The Raider boys' hockey team couldn't find the back of the net in a 5-0 loss to New Richmond last Thursday before battling back two nights later for a 2-2 tie against Chippewa Falls in its final two games of the regular season last week. Thursday's tie lifted the Raiders into second place in the final Big Rivers Conference standings, one point ahead of River Falls. Hudson finished with a record of 7-4-1 in the BRC (10-10-1 overall) while River Falls finished at 7-5-0 (15-8-0). The two teams will meet in a regional final game Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in River Falls.
The Hudson High School wrestling team knocked off second-ranked Wausau West Tuesday night to earn a berth in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Championships for the first time in the program's history. Hudson will face Holmen in the Division 1 state quarterfinals Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Field House in Madison. The Raiders advanced to their first ever state team tournament with a 36-33 victory over Wausau West in the sectional team final Tuesday night (Feb. 15) in Chippewa Falls.
Five Hudson swimmers qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison while the Raider wrestling team took home a team title from the New Richmond Regional in postseason action over the weekend. At Saturday's (Feb. 12) sectional swimming and diving meet in Hudson, Raider junior Charlie Skinner qualified for the state meet in two individual events and as a member of two relay teams. Skinner took second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 butterfly to advance.
After dropping a close dual meet to Chippewa Falls and finishing behind the Cardinals at the Eau Claire North Invitational during the regular season, the Raider boys' swimming and diving team earned some revenge Saturday by finishing ahead of the Cardinals at the Big Rivers Conference Championships in Chippewa Falls. Hudson's depth allowed it to score a total of 427 points to finish second behind 19-time champion Eau Claire Memorial. Chippewa Falls was third with 388 followed by River Falls with 382, Rice Lake with 237 and Menomonie with 161. Eau Claire Memorial was the No.