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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Earlier this season, the Raider boys' basketball team handed River Falls its only Big Rivers Conference loss of the season at the Hudson High School east gym. Last Thursday, Feb. 3 in River Falls, they took a five-point lead into the locker room at halftime, but couldn't pull off the season sweep of the Cats, falling in the end by a score of 42-35. Saturday night, Feb.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team came up just short in its Big Rivers Conference regular season finale, dropping an 88-82 decision at Chippewa Falls last Thursday. The Raiders trailed the Cardinals by just four points heading into the final event of the night--the 400 yard freestyle relay.
The Raider boys hockey team ran into a hot goalie at River Falls last Tuesday, but still came within 26 seconds of forcing overtime before coming out on the short end of a 2-1 decision. Two nights later, the Raiders withstood a late comeback effort by Hayward to post a 3-2 nonconference victory. Hudson, now 5-4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, 8-9-0 overall, hosted Rice Lake (5-3-0, 8-10-0) Tuesday night and will host Eau Claire North (0-8-0, 0-19-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, they play a nonconference game against New Richmond (11-5-0) at home at 7 p.m.
Five Hudson swimmers qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison while the Raider wrestling team took home a team title from the New Richmond Regional in postseason action over the weekend. At Saturday's sectional swimming and diving meet in Hudson, Raider junior Charlie Skinner qualified for the state meet in two individual events and as a member of two relay teams. Skinner took second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 butterfly to advance.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team defeated last year's Minnesota Class A state runner-up Simley last Tuesday before placing third at the Eau Claire North Husky Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders posted their first-ever win over Simley, 96-89, in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., while coming up just three points behind Chippewa Falls at the Husky Invite. This week the team will travel to Chippewa Falls Thursday, Jan.
The Raider boys' hockey team had to scrape and claw its way to a 4-3 victory over Menomonie last Thursday before cruising to an 8-1 win Saturday, Jan. 22 against Somerset/Osceola. The Raiders nearly let a 2-0 lead slip away at home against the Indians.
The Raider boys' basketball team faced a pair of Minnesota teams on back-to-back nights over the weekend and came away with a 1-1 record, falling to Edina, 77-49, Friday night before defeating Hastings, 54-46, Saturday. Senior Matt Krier returned to the lineup after missing time with an ankle injury and scored four points in limited action Friday night before leading the Raiders with 18 points in Saturday's win over Hastings. "It was nice to have him on the floor," Raider head coach Jason Swavely said.
The Raider girls' basketball team posted a 55-37 victory over Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday (Jan. 18) before losing at Simley, 52-49, Saturday night in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Head coach Ed Johnson credited his team with staying focused in last Tuesday night's victory with the start of final exams looming the next day. "It was a difficult night for the girls,' he said. "It was nice to have that game early in the week. They put in a good effort, then they could focus on finals." The Raiders jumped out to a 15-7 first quarter lead and widened the gap to 30-16 by halftime.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team won dual meets against Rice Lake and Superior last week before taking first at Superior's annual Head of the Lakes Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders improved to 3-1 in Big Rivers Conference duals with a 96-74 win at Rice Lake last Thursday, Jan. 13, then upped their overall dual record to 5-1 with a 97-88 win Friday at Superior before winning Saturday's four-team Head of the Lakes Invite in Superior. This Saturday, Jan.
The Raider girls' basketball team didn't have much time to dwell on its 30-point loss to undefeated Chippewa Falls Friday night. Less than 24 hours after a 54-24 loss to the seventh-ranked and Big Rivers Conference leading Cardinals, the Raiders responded with a 55-38 victory Saturday afternoon at New Richmond. "That was good to see after a tough night Friday," Raider head coach Ed Johnson said.