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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It seemed fitting last Saturday afternoon that the only thing brighter than the smile on Jamie Lindstrom's face was the sun in the sky over La Crosse's Memorial Stadium. Lindstrom had just won the WIAA Division 1 state shot put championship, and was still beaming as she spoke to reporters nearly an hour later. "I did it for my mom," the senior said. "I know she's up there smiling at me. I'm just so happy right now I can't put my feelings into words. But I feel like I really made her proud." Debbie Johnson Lindstrom died in November 2009, of complications brought on by the H1N1 flu virus.
Hudson girls' track and field coach Jami Holum knew all season the Raiders were one of the top ten teams in the state.
Hudson rallied from a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning but came up one run short in a 4-3 loss to Merrill in a WIAA regional semifinal game at Grandview Park last Tuesday, May 31. Raider pitcher Brett Steinwagner was dominant through the first five innings, striking out nine and allowing just two hits as the Raiders took a 1-0 lead into the sixth.
The Raider girls' soccer team advanced to the WIAA regional final with a 2-1 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday but couldn't get past top-seeded River Falls on Saturday. The undefeated Wildcats defeated the Raiders 4-0 in the regional final on their home field to move on to this Thursday's sectional semifinal game against Eau Claire Memorial.
The Raider boys' golf team moved up three spots on the second day of the WIAA Division 1 State Golf Tournament in Madison Tuesday to finish fourth in the 16-team field. Four of the five Raider golfers lowered their scores Tuesday to help the Raiders cut 12 strokes off their first day total and post a team total of 314.
The Raider softball team jumped out to a 2-o second-inning lead at Chippewa Falls Tuesday night, but the Cardinals scored nine unanswered runs to post a 9-2 victory in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal. The Raiders advanced to the sectional round of the postseason in dramatic fashion last Thursday when sophomore Kindra Witthus delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Hudson to a 4-3 victory over Eau Claire North in the regional championship game. That win came three days after Hudson dispatched of River Falls, 5-1, in the regional semifinal.
Raider junior Max Hawksford couldn't overcome a tough draw in the first round of the WIAA State Tennis Championships last Thursday and lost a 3-6, 4-6 decision to Verona's Alex Boomgarden. Raider head coach Dave Dahl said Boomgarden was a formidable opponent. "We knew going in this was a tough opponent, as he was seeded in the top 16," Dahl said.
One of the crown jewels of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association's state tournament series will feature plenty of Hudson blue and white this weekend (June 3-4) in La Crosse. Twenty-four Raider athletes will be making the trip south to compete in the 116th annual WIAA State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium after a stellar showing at last Thursday's sectional meet in Wausau. The Raider girls ran away with the sectional team title, finishing 22 points ahead of second place D.C.
The Raider girls' soccer team gave its eight seniors a fitting sendoff in the final home game of their careers last Tuesday by defeating the Chippewa Falls Cardinals, 1-0, on Senior Night at the middle school field. The victory gave the Raiders a four-game winning streak to end the regular season and left them with a record of 9-6-1 overall heading into this week's WIAA regional tournament.
The Raider softball team ended the regular season on a high note by sweeping Eau Claire Memorial, 8-1 and 17-4, last Tuesday at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The Raiders earned the No. 2 seed in the seven-team regional bracket and opened regional play at home against No. 7 River Falls Tuesday at Grandview Park. A win over River Falls would give the Raiders another home game in the regional final Thursday, June 2 at 5 p.m. against either third-seeded Eau Claire North or No.