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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UW-Eau Claire's Mariah Czech scored 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blugolds to a 3-2 victory over UW-River Falls in the WIAC women's hockey O'Brien Cup championship game at Hunt Arena Saturday, March 3. The loss ended UWRF's streak of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances while sending Eau Claire to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.
The Hudson boys' hockey team completed a dominant state tournament run by beating Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire Memorial, 7-1, in the WIAA State Championship game Saturday, March 3, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
It's going to be an all Big Rivers Conference championship game at the WIAA boys' state hockey tournament in Madison Saturday, March 3.
Senior Jacob Anderson became Hudson's first three-time state place-winner with his third straight fifth place finish at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 22-24, in Madison. Anderson fought back from a loss to eventual state champion Peyton Mocco in the 160-pound quarterfinals and another to third place finisher Reed Williams of Holmen in the consolation semifinals to pin Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper in 2 minutes, 59 seconds to claim fifth place. He was fifth at 152 pounds at the 2017 state tournament and fifth at 138 pounds in 2016.
Aaron Squires and Cole Danielson scored two goals each as Hudson used a three goal second period to beat St. Mary's Springs, 7-1, in a WIAA Boys Hockey State Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday, March 1, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Danielson scored his first goal 10 minutes into the game and Bennett Schrank banged home a rebound three minutes later to give Hudson a 2-0 first period lead.
The Raider boys basketball team isn't letting a seven-game losing streak dampen its spirits heading into the WIAA postseason. The Raiders went toe-to-toe with a strong Minnetonka team before coming up short in a 77-72 loss in their home finale Tuesday, Feb. 20, before dropping a 71-52 decision at Eau Claire Memorial two nights later without leading scorer and rebounder Keyser Helterbrand. Hudson will take an 8-14 record into this Friday's WIAA regional semifinal at No. 5 Appleton West (13-9).
The Hudson gymnastics team earned a return trip to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Tournament after qualifying with a second place team finish at the Division 1 sectional meet at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Saturday, Feb. 24. The entire Raider team will compete in the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln while senior Taylor Owens and freshmen Paige Hillman and Caroline Erickson will compete in the state individual tournament the next day at the same site.
After grinding out a 45-42 victory over Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire North in a Division 1 regional semifinal Friday, Feb. 23, the Raider girls basketball team had its 12-game winning streak snapped, and season end, with a 57-43 loss to fifth-ranked Kimberly Monday, Feb. 26, in Kimberly. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, but was postponed due to weather.
Many viewed the WIAA Section 1 title game between the top-ranked Hudson Raiders and No. 2 Eau Claire Area Stars Saturday, Feb. 24, at Gornick Arena as the de facto state championship game for girls hockey in Wisconsin. If that's the case, the rest of the field at this weekend's state tournament better watch out for the Stars.
The Hudson boys hockey team earned the right to defend its state title with a 4-1 victory over Superior in the Section 1 championship game Saturday, Feb. 24, in Amery. The game was closer than the score indicated. Hudson took a 2-0 lead into the third period before the Spartans got a power play goal with seven minutes remaining to cut the gap in half. But Peyton Hanson scored a pair of empty-netters in the final minute to seal Hudson's third straight victory over Superior in the Section 1 title game.