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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When UW-River Falls Athletic Director Roger Ternes called Matt Walker at his home in Indiana Dec. 28 to offer him the Falcon football head coaching job, Walker couldn't wait to get started. "I was ready to take off right away but there was nobody here because school was on break," Walker said on his first official day on the job Monday.
One day after losing a 5-4 heartbreaker to Sartell in the consolation semifinals, the Raider boys' hockey team posted a 3-0 shutout over Owatonna to finish seventh in the Bronze Division of the Schwan's Cup in Blaine, Minn., last week. The Raiders opened tournament play with a 3-1 loss to Mounds View last Wednesday. Senior co-captain Ryan Dau had a hand in six of the eight goals scored by the Raiders at the tournament, including a goal and three assists in the team's 5-4 overtime loss to Sartell in Thursday's consolation semifinal. Dau assisted on the first goal of the game by Dylan Haskins
Raider senior Nick Larson will try to win his second straight individual title when the Hudson wrestling team competes in the 29th annual Bi-State Classic this week in La Crosse. The 54-team tournament, featuring many of the top teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota, gets underway Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the La Crosse Center and continues Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The Raiders have finished as tournament runners-up the last two years. Larson became Hudson's third individual Bi-State Classic champion last year when he won the 160 pound title.
The Raider girls' basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start against Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday, and despite outscoring the Old Abes 23-18 in the second half, dropped a 44-37 decision at the high school gym. Eau Claire Memorial jumped out to a 10-2 first quarter lead and widened the gap to 26-14 at the break before the Raiders opened the second half on a 12-3 run to cut the Old Abes' lead to three, 29-26, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team picked up a pair of dual victories last week, beating North St. Paul, 114-64, last Tuesday and Menomonie, 115-64, Thursday. Against North St. Paul, the Raiders swept the top three spots in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle and took the top two spots in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. In the 200 freestyle, Luke Wusterbarth finished first with a time of 1 minute, 54.04 seconds followed by Billy Fisher in 2:09.26 and Nick Lundberg in 2:09.31.
The Raider wrestling team remained undefeated in the Big Rivers Conference with a 40-22 victory over River Falls last Thursday before finishing sixth at the 25-team Marty Loy Classic Saturday in Fond du Lac. Tanner Owens at 135 pounds and Nick Larson at 160 both finished second at the Marty Loy Invite and Gordon Johnson at 125 and Koyla Hawksford at 145 each added third-place finishes as the Raiders compiled a team score of 139.5.
Neither team generated much offense in the first quarter of Friday night's Big Rivers Conference matchup between Hudson and River Falls. The score was tied 4-4 at the end of one and that was only because Raider junior Max Hawksford hit a jumper at the buzzer.
The Raider girls' basketball team suffered a pair of tough losses last week, falling 50-46 at Ellsworth Tuesday night before losing 45-30 Friday night at River Falls. The Raiders will host Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. before taking a break for the holidays. Last Tuesday at Ellsworth, the Raiders jumped out to an early 16-5 lead only to find themselves down by 10 early in the fourth quarter.
The Raider boys' hockey team showed no signs of a letdown after its big 4-2 win over rival and previously unbeaten River Falls last Tuesday, Dec.
Senior Jamie Lindstrom had 10 points and 13 rebounds and junior Jessie Kirkwood chipped in nine points, including a reverse layup with 38 seconds remaining to give the Raiders the lead for good, as the Hudson girls' basketball team defeated Menomonie, 38-36, in their Big Rivers Conference opener Friday night. The Raiders hit just 26 percent of their field goal attempts, making just 16-of-62 shots from the field, but played stifling defense that led to the win. "Our defensive effort was great throughout the game," head coach Ed Johnson said.