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 Hudson High School girls varsity and JV tennis players, along with family members gathered for one last time in the Hudson Middle School Cafeteria for their annual Post Season Tennis Banquet Sunday, Oct. 29. With almost 100 people at the event, JV head coach Julia Johnson, assistant varsity coach Kari Lewis, and varsity head coach John Knutson recapped the year and gave out awards.
UW-River Falls, the defending regular-season and tournament champion, has been selected to win the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) men's basketball title, based on a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The Falcons, who are ranked No. 10 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25, bring back three starters from a squad that claimed the 14th regular-season crown and second tournament title in program history. UW-River Falls also made its third NCAA championship showing.
Sophomore Ella Stein broke her own school record in the 100 yard breaststroke and Hudson's 200 medley relay team of Reagan Cicha, Stein, Taylor Cicha and Rachel Baker broke a 24-year old school record to highlight the Raiders' third place team finish at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming Sectional Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool. Stein won the sectional title in the 100 yard breastroke with a new school record time of 1 minute, 4.5 seconds and finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.21 to qualify for this weekend's WIAA State Championships in both events.
For the first time since 2006 Hudson's boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the WIAA State Championship Meet in the same season, and despite the cold, windy conditions, both finished in the top half of their respective 20-team fields. The Raider girls placed sixth and the boys finished ninth in the 105th running of the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School has hosted the state meet for the past 30 years.
Hudson's girls swimming and diving team posted five first place finishes and had 12 top three finishes on its way to clinching its fourth straight Big Rivers Conference Championship at the BRC Meet Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eau Claire North High School. The Raiders went undefeated in BRC duals this year before finishing 117.5 points ahead of their nearest competitor at the conference meet to claim the undisputed BRC championship.
The Hudson Soccer Association's U11 girls team won the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Fall State Championship Saturday, Oct. 15. Team members include, front row from left, Olivia Osterhues, Evelyn Elwood, Nevaeh Tillman, Kaitlyn Sanders, and Ireland Meyer. Middle row, Sophia Bast, Addyson Raney, Lily Gies, and Emma Anderson. Back row, coach Matt Gutsmiedl, Olivia Pettey, Hannah Kendhammer, Jailyn Polinske, and Keira Gutsmiedl. Photo courtesy of Matt Gutsmiedl
Paul Philipson scored the tying goal in the 86th minute but Eau Claire Memorial's Jack Longville scored his second goal of the game in the 103rd minute to lift the Old Abes to a 2-1 overtime victory over Hudson in a WIAA Division 1 soccer sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, in Eau Claire.
One week after defeating Wausau West in the final game of the regular season to secure the No. 2 sectional seed, the Raider boys soccer team made it two straight over the third-seeded Warriors with a 2-0 victory in the regional final Saturday, Oct. 21, in Hudson. Hudson's reward? They move on to face top-seeded Eau Claire Memorial for the third time this season in a sectional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, in Eau Claire. The Raiders dropped a pair of matches to the Big Rivers Conference champion Old Abes during the regular season, 4-0 Sept. 7 in Hudson and 3-1 Oct. 3 in Eau Claire.
The Hudson football team laid it all on the line in its WIAA Level 1 playoff game against Stevens Point Friday, Oct. 20, at Raider Stadium. After scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes to force overtime, the Raiders went for it all on their first possession of the extra session. But Stevens Point's defense sniffed out Keyser Helterbrand's potential game-winning two-point conversion pass in the end zone and Max Stubbendick couldn't get his hands on it, giving the Panthers a wild 48-47 victory and leaving the Raiders and their fans heartbroken.
Soccer wins home finale Senior midfielder Abby Soderholm's goal just over 13 minutes into the match held up to give the UW-River Falls women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point in the Falcon's final home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 21, at Ramer Field. Soderholm put back a rebound of a Mariah Troje header that hit the crossbar off a corner kick from Maddie Bleick at 13:45 for the only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Crosby finished with six saves to earn the shutout and her first victory of the season.