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 Raider baseball team put it all on the line in last Thursday's WIAA sectional round in Chippewa Falls, going 11 innings to defeat Marshfield, 5-1, in a semifinal game before putting the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh of the championship game only to come up short in a 4-2 loss to Stevens Point. Hudson had won seven straight before Stevens Point ended their season in the sectional title game.
Hudson High School graduate Davis Drewiske, who won a state high school hockey championship with the Raiders in 2001, played on the University of Wisconsin's 2006 national championship team, realized the dream of hockey players everywhere Monday night when he hoisted the Stanley Cup after his Los Angeles Kings team defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, to win the franchise's first National Hockey League title. Drewiske, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound defenseman with the Kings, took his turn carrying the Stanley Cup around the Staples Center ice along with the rest of his teammates after the Kings
Both Hudson representatives at the WIAA State Boys Tennis Tournament lost their opening matches last Thursday, May 31 in Madison. Max Hawksford fell to Chayce Roecker of Kettle Moraine, 6-1, 6-2 in singles play while the team of Jeff Dahl and Griffin Robertson dropped a hard-fought 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-10 decision to Andy Krugler and Charlie Bostwick of Whitefish Bay in the doubles bracket. Hawksford ends his senior season with a record of 20-6 while Dahl and Robertson finished 16-6. Raider coach Dave Dahl said Hawksford had been playing well leading up to his third straight trip to the
Hudson girls' soccer coach Allie Knutson has been stressing fast starts all season long. Last Thursday, in the Raiders' WIAA regional soccer semifinal at home against Chippewa Falls, the Raiders scored within the first three minutes of each half and kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in a 4-0 victory. Saturday, the No. 7 seed Raiders traveled to second-seeded D.C.
There's an old saying in sports that it's hard to beat a team three times in a season. The Raider softball team found that out the hard way in its WIAA regional semifinal against River Falls last Tuesday, May 29. After sweeping a doubleheader from the Wildcats during the regular season, 7-3 and 15-0, the No. 3 seed Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 seed River Falls on a Wildcat solo home run in the top of the seventh. The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 12-9 while River Falls advanced to Thursday's regional final where it lost, 8-1, to No.
Hudson scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to post a 5-1 victory over Marshfield in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday in Chippewa Falls before falling to Stevens Point, 4-2, in the sectional final later in the day to come up one win short of a berth in next week's state tournament. The Raiders finished the season with a record of 16-9 while Stevens Point improved to 21-6 and will face Oconomowoc Tuesday, June 12, in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game in Appleton. Hudson scored four times, getting three hits and taking advantage of four walks in the inning, to snap a 1
Maybe it was the shirt. Or maybe Hudson junior Ryan Kromer is simply one of the best distance runners in the state of Wisconsin. Kromer, wearing the same jersey his father John wore for Hudson in the 1979 state meet, passed two runners in the final 100 meters to finish second in the 3200 meter run Saturday and earn his second medal at the 2012 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Kromer's first medal came in Friday's 1600 meter race by virtue of a sixth place finish.
Sitting around for nearly three hours waiting for the rain to let up in Rice Lake last Thursday, May 24 didn't seem to have much of an effect on the Hudson Track and Field teams. By the time the meet finally ended under the lights at the sectional meet, 20 Raider athletes had punched their tickets to this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Hudson took home five individual sectional titles and the Raider boys' earned the sectional team title while the girls finished third at the 17-team meet.
The Raider baseball team played the role of spoiler last Tuesday by defeating Chippewa Falls, 10-7, in the final game of the regular season to prevent the Cardinals from earning a share of the Big Rivers Conference title. In the process, the Raiders also ended the season in a four-way tie with Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire north and River Falls for second place in the final BRC standings, all at 7-5. Eau Claire Memorial, by virtue of its 8-1 win over Eau Claire North last Tuesday, earned the conference crown with a mark of 8-4. The Raiders, 13-8 overall, drew the No.
The Raider softball team wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Eau Claire Memorial, 12-6 and 13-3, in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader last Tuesday, May 22, at Grandview Park. The two victories snapped a five-game losing streak for Hudson and gave the Raiders a final BRC record of 6-6, tied for third place, while improving their overall mark to 9-8. Hudson received the No. 3 seed in the seven-team WIAA regional bracket and hosted No. 6 River Falls in a regional semifinal game this past Tuesday, May 29. The winner moves on to face either No. 2 seed Eau Claire North or No.