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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Not a bad start to the season, considering half the team was still on spring break. The Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams both finished third in the Large School division at the season-opening Northern Badger Indoor Classic last Saturday, March 24 at UW-Stout, and that was just fine with the coaches. "It was a great start to the season, especially considering we had a good number of athletes missing," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
The Raider wrestling team put the finishing touches on another successful season, and handed out team awards to a number of deserving athletes at its annual banquet March 13 at The Orchard banquet facility. The team said goodbye to three seniors -- Tanner Owens, Kolya Hawksford and Drew Krahenbuhl -- while looking back at a season than included a final ranking of No. 10 in the state, two individual state tournament place winners, a regional championship and a Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St.
It's a little ironic that the Raider track and field teams have been practicing mostly outside for over two weeks now, yet will have to go inside for their first two meets of the season. The Raiders kick off the 2012 spring season this Saturday, March 24, at the Northern Badger Classic at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. A week later, they compete at the All-American Invitational at Knowles Center in River Falls. Hudson's boys' and girls' teams have been among the strongest in the state for years.
Raider senior Dylan Haskins and junior Daniel Tripicchio have earned honorable mention to the 2012 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State team while both players, along with Raider senior James Fall, were named to All-Big Rivers Conference teams by the league coaches. Tripicchio was named to the All-BRC first team and Haskins earned a spot on the All-BRC second team while Fall received honorable mention. The trio was the top three scorers for the Raiders this season and helped the team to a record of 12-9-1 and a regional championship.
The Raider boys' basketball team cut a 14-point Chippewa Falls at halftime lead down to four in the fourth quarter of last Friday night's WIAA regional semifinal in Chippewa Falls but the Cardinals held on for a 59-54 victory to advance to Saturday night's regional final. The Cardinals lost to La Crosse Central, 62-48, Saturday night to end the season with a record of 16-8 while Hudson's season came to an end the night before with a mark of 12-11. After trailing 31-17 at the half, the Raiders cut two points off the Cardinal lead to make it a 12-point game, 41-29, at the end of three.
The Raider girls' basketball team did all it could to pull out a win in its final home game of the season last Thursday night against River Falls. The Raiders battled back from a six-point third quarter deficit to forge a 46-46 tie early in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to open up a 10-point lead on their way to a 68-54 victory. Two nights earlier the Raiders dropped a 45-31 nonconference decision to New Richmond. They took a final regular season record of 4-17 into this past Tuesday's (March 6) WIAA regional opener at Eau Claire Memorial.
Raider senior Amanda Baker wrapped up her high school gymnastics career with her third straight trip to the WIAA State Championships while sophomores Olivia Dunlap and McKenna Daulton both made their first appearances at state last Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. Baker and Dunlap finished 24th and 25th, respectively, in the al-around competition while Daulton placed 26th in the vault. "The three of them know that they should feel honored by being able to compete in the state meet, not only being on the competition floor, but they themselves are the top 25 athletes from around the sta
The Raider boys' basketball team will be looking for a little payback when it travels to Chippewa Falls for a WIAA Regional semifinal game Friday night, March 2. The Raiders stormed back from a 13-point first quarter deficit on the Cardinals home court last Friday night but couldn't get over the hump in a 62-59 loss.
By the time the Raider boys' hockey team was able to gain any momentum last Tuesday in New Richmond it was too late. The host Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Hudson scored three second period goals to get back in the game. But the Raiders spent much of the third period in the penalty box and New Richmond capitalized with its third power play goal of the game on its way to a 6-3 victory. The Tigers advanced to Saturday's sectional final against Superior, where the second-ranked Spartans earned a spot in this weekend's WIAA State Tournament with a 3-0 victory.
Raider seniors Kolya Hawksford and Tanner Owens cemented their positions in Hudson wrestling history by earning spots on the awards podium at the end of the 69th WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday night in Madison. Hawksford finished fourth at 152 pounds and Owens placed fifth at 160 to give Hudson two state place winners for just the fifth time in school history, and first time since 2008. Owens finishes his high school career second on Hudson's all-time wins list with 144 while Hawksford is tied for third with 142.