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' swimming and diving team took first in all 12 events on its way to a 130-56 victory over Eau Claire North on Senior Night last Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the middle school pool. The meet was the last home dual of the season for the Raiders but not the last time they will compete in their home pool. Hudson will host the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Friday and Saturday, Nov 5-6. Diving competition will take place Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with swimming set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Before that the Raiders will visit Chippewa Falls this Thursday, Oct.
Two Raider seniors will wrap up their high school tennis careers at this weekend's WIAA State Tournament and will be joined by a pair of junior teammates when play begins Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of UW-Madison. Seniors Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen advanced to state with a third-place finish at No. 1 doubles at last Wednesday's sectional tournament in Marshfield while juniors Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder placed second at No. 2 doubles to earn a spot as special qualifiers.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team placed two relay teams in the top eight in the final event of the meet to vault over Red Wing and capture fourth place at the nine-team Simley Invitational in St. Paul Saturday, Oct. 2. Hudson picked up 52 points in the 400 freestyle relay to finish with a total of 259. Red Wing scored 18 points in the event and ended up fifth with 253.5. Ronni Schoenherr, Trisha Wood, Megan Haney and Catie Weese picked up 30 points in the 400 freestyle relay, combining for a fourth place time of 4 minutes, 2.73 seconds.
The Raider boys' soccer team scored three goals in the first 11 minutes and went on to a big 3-0 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday, Sept. 30 at the middle school field. Two days earlier they dropped a 3-0 decision at Rice Lake. This past Monday they lost to River Falls by an identical 3-0 score. The Raiders will open WIAA regional play on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
River Falls drew the No. 3 seed and will host No. 14 Superior, while Hudson is seeded 11th and will travel to No. 6 Rhinelander when the WIAA Division 1 boys' soccer regional playoffs get underway Tuesday, Oct. 12. River Falls will host Superior at 4 p.m. at Wildcat Field while Hudson and Rhinelander also kick off at 4 p.m. in Rhinelander. The winners of those two games are scheduled to meet in the regional final Thursday, Oct. 14, at the home of the higher seed. Big Rivers Conference champion and undefeated Eau Claire Memorial drew the top seed in the 16-team regional and will host No.
The Raider volleyball team split a pair of matches on back-to-back nights against Baldwin-Woodville and Eau Claire North last week, before playing to a third-place finish at the Cretin-Derham Hall Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 2. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said the team played poorly in a 5-set win over Baldwin-Woodville last Monday, but looked better despite being swept by Eau Claire North Tuesday. "Except for set three, which we really let get away from us, the girls played right with North," he said.
The Raider cross country teams got a taste of what the sectional course in Tomah may look like in three weeks when they competed in the Jesse Parker Timberwolf Classic in Tomah on Saturday, Oct. 2. Katie Wetzstein set a new course record of 15 minutes flat while running away with the girls' individual title and leading the Raider girls to a second-place team finish while Ryan Kromer took second in the boy's race as the Raider boys also finished second. La Crosse Logan won the boys' team title with 32 points, followed by Hudson with 48 and Superior with 75.
Less than a week after posting their 19th dual win of the season, the most since joining the Big Rivers Conference, the Raider girls' tennis team earned sectional qualifiers in six of seven flights at Monday's Subsectional Tournament in New Richmond. Nicole Buechler, Morgan Van Allen and Racheal Knoke all moved on in singles play while the doubles teams of Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen, Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder and Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg also advanced to the sectional tournament Wednesday, Oct.
Hudson junior Cassie Wurm finished ten strokes ahead of the nearest competitor to earn medalist honors and help the Raider girls' golf team to a fourth-place finish at the New Richmond Regional last Wednesday in New Richmond. Wurm fired a 79 to run away with the individual regional title. Alex Wheeler of New Richmond and Hannah Van Amber of Eau Claire Memorial tied for second, each with scores of 89. River Falls won the regional team championship with a score of 372 followed by New Richmond with 378, Eau Claire Memorial with 380 and Hudson with 390.
Hudson and River Falls have built a tradition of close games in recent years when the two teams meet on the football field for the Little Brown Jug. Friday night was no exception. The Raiders seemed poised to keep possession of the prize that goes to the wining team of the annual matchup when they took a 21-2 lead into the fourth quarter.