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 boys swimming and diving team's depth was on full display Friday, Jan. 5 as it remained undefeated against Big Rivers Conference opponents by sweeping River Falls and Superior in a double dual meet in Superior. The Raiders swept the top three spots in two events and took at least two of the top five positions in eight other races to beat the Wildcats, 176-69 and the Spartans, 204-42.
The race for the Big Rivers Conference boys basketball title is shaping up to be a dogfight, and Hudson is right in the thick of things. Midway through the conference schedule, six of the seven teams are within one game of each other including the Raiders, who at 3-3 are tied with Eau Claire Memorial and Chippewa Falls behind River Falls, Eau Claire North and Ricke Lake, all tied for the tp spot at 4-2.
The top-ranked Hudson girls hockey team scored four power play goals, including three in the third period, to defeat the St. Croix Valley Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central), 5-1, in a battle of state-ranked Big Rivers Conference rivals Thursday, Jan. 11, in River Falls. The Raiders followed that up with a 7-0 shutout victory over Onalaska in the team's annual Cancer Awareness Fundraising Game Saturday, Jan. 13, at Gornick Arena.
The Raider gymnasts posted a team score of 127.45 in a Big Rivers Conference double dual in Superior Friday, Jan. 5, which was good enough to beat the host Spartans' total of 109.075 but finish second to River Falls' 131.375. Caroline Erickson led Hudson's effort with a second place score of 33.15 in the all-around competition. Erickson took second on the balance beam with 8.2, third in the floor exercise with 8.5, third in the vault with 8.425 and fourth on the uneven bars with 8.025. Teammate Emma O'Neill was third on bars with 8.175.
The Raider girls basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak in a big way by defeating Rice Lake, 54-38, Saturday, Jan. 6, to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Rivers Conference with Rice Lake and Menomonie. Hudson's last victory came at Menomonie Dec. 19. Since then they dropped a nonconference game to D.C. Everest and two games at the Marshfield Holiday Tournament over the break. Last Saturday's win over the Warriors boosted their record to 5-7 overall, 3-2 in BRC play.
Eleven of Hudson's 14 wrestlers earned points, led by third place finishers Cole Godbout and Jacob Anderson, to help Hudson to a 14th place team finish at the 32-team, multi-state Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6.
The Raider boys basketball team kicked off the new year with an 83-66 Big Rivers Conference victory over Menomonie Friday, Jan. 5, for its third straight win. Fresh off a pair of victories at a holiday tournament in Wisconsin Dells over the break, the Raiders held the Mustangs to 30 second half-points after taking a 44-36 lead at the break on their way to improving to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in BRC play.
After a lackluster 73-48 loss in its WIAC opener at home against unranked UW-Stevens Point Wednesday Jan. 3, the third-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 10-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining to defeat fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 81-80, Saturday, Jan. 6, in Whitewater. Brennan Witt's jumper with less than two seconds left capped a 7-0 Falcon run to close the game.
The top-ranked Raider boys hockey team had just beaten No. 2 Eau Claire Memorial, 7-4, Thursday, Jan. 4, at Gornick Arena to improve to 11-0 on the season. So what did head coach Brooks Lockwood do? He sat down with his assistant coaches and came up with a list of things the Raiders need to do better.
The top-ranked Hudson girls hockey team won three games in three days last week, including a big 3-2 victory over third-ranked University School of Milwaukee at the Ticket King Girls Hockey Classic Invitational Friday, Jan. 5 at UW-Milwaukee's Panther Arena. One night earlier the Raiders topped Chippewa Falls/Menomonie, 7-2, at home to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play. They hammered the Lakeshore Lightning (Cedarburg co-op), 10-1, in the second game of Ticket King Classic in Milwaukee Saturday, Jan. 6. to improve to 12-1-0 on the season.