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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Guided team to four state tourneys from 1989-2002 Steve Sollom had a quick answer when asked why he decided to return as Raider boys' soccer coach this season. "Because Chuck (Bublitz) quit," he said. Sollom coached the Raiders from 1989-2002, guiding the team to four state tournament appearances and five Big Rivers Conference titles. He said the decision to come back as head coach was an easy one. "Honestly, I have a strong loyalty to this program," the Hudson High School math teacher said. "I played here, I coached here.
High school football teams across the state officially began practice for the 2012 season this past Tuesday, Aug. 7, and the Hudson Raiders got going bright an early with a 7:30 a.m. workout at the high school fields. The Raiders finished the 2011 season with a record of 6-4 and made their fourth playoff appearance in five years. They open the 2012 season Friday, Aug. 24, against defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m.
Two Hudson errors led to five unearned runs in the second inning for Prescott as the Pirates rolled to a 10-0, eight-inning win over the River Rats in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League finale for both teams last Saturday in Prescott. The loss ended the River Rats season with a record of 6-9, tied with Elmwood for second place in the Eau Galle Division of the SCVBL behind overall champion River Falls. St. Croix Division champion Prescott improved to 14-2 and will join five other SCVBL teams when the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs get underway Aug.
Split pair of SCVBL games to remain at .500 The Hudson River Rats dropped a 5-4, 10-inning heartbreaker to the Hager City Skeeters Saturday in Hager City, but got back to .500 and kept their postseason hopes alive with an 8-4 victory over the Elmwood Expos Sunday at Grandview Park. Hudson and Elmwood are currently tied for second place in the Eau Galle Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League at 6-6 with three league games remaining. Hudson hosts the division leading River Falls Fighting Fish this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Summer vacation may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean it's all rest and relaxation for over 350 Hudson high school and middle school student-athletes. The fourth season of the Raider Elite Strength and Conditioning Summer Program is in full swing at the high school, with 231 high school and 136 middle school student athletes seeking to improve their performances in their respective sports. The students, both male and female and representing all sports in all grades, began the summer program June 11.
The Hudson River Rats snapped a three-game losing streak by putting together three straight wins over the weekend, including a pair of St. Croix Valley Baseball League victories at Ellsworth and Spring Valley. Hudson scored 11 runs with two outs in the top of the first on its way to a 20-8 win over the Ellsworth Hubbers Friday night, June 29.
Hudson junior Kindra Witthus has been honored by the Wisconsin Fatspitch Softball Coaches Association by being named to the WFCA All-Northwest District First team and All-State Second Team for her play with the Raiders this season. Witthus, a three-year starter at catcher for the Raiders, was previously named to the All-Big Rivers Conference First Team for the second straight year. She earned All-BRC Second team honors as a freshman in 2010. Witthus tied senior Lexi Smith for the team lead in home runs, with nine, and runs batted in, with 24, this season.
Hudson junior Mike Hommes has been selected honorable mention to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team for his play on the field this season and earned WBCA Academic All-State honors for his work in the classroom. Classmate Todd Mork was also honored by the WBCA by earning honorable mention to the All-District I Team. Previously, both Hommes and Mork were named to the All-Big Rivers Conference First Team.
The Hudson River Rats slipped to 2-5 in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play over the weekend after losing to defending league champion River Falls, 14-4, last Saturday, June 23 and dropping a 6-2 decision Sunday at St. Croix Falls. The River Rats will visit the Ellsworth Hubbers this Friday night, June 29 for a 7:30 p.m. contest and travel to Spring Valley to face the Hawks Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. They return home to host the Haugen Hornets in a non-league game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Five members of the Raider girls' soccer team have been named to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference teams for their play this season. Senior co-captain Alyssa Claflin was named to the All-BRC first team while senior co-captain Molli Bichrt and senior McKenzie Buck were named to the second team and senior Megan Nelson and junior Hannah Wirth received honorable mention. Raider head coach Allie Knutson said she was happy to see five Raiders recognized by the conference coaches, and the entire Raider team should be happy with their 7-6-1 season record. "They worked hard, and I thought the growth fr