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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Facing an 18-time defending conference champion with a brand new coaching staff isn't the ideal way to open the season, but that's what the Raider boys' swimming and diving team had to do last Thursday. The Raiders, guided by new head coach Joe Smolinske and assistant Katie Zappa, held their own against the Old Abes but Memorial proved too tough in the end and posted a 126-59 victory. Smolinske takes over for Steve Webb, who resigned shortly before the start of the season. Eau Claire Memorial has won 18 straight Big Rivers Conference championships and 20 of the last 21.
Fresh off their weekend win over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point, the 18th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team routed UW-Eau Claire, 75-51, Wednesday night at Karges Center to take over sole possession of first place in the WIAC. The Falcons and Blugolds entered the game as the only undefeated teams in conference play, each at 2-0. UW-RF used a smothering defense and a balanced offense that saw nine players finish with at least six points in the win.
Raider girls' basketball coach Ed Johnson was surprised when he entered the locker room following his team's 51-49 victory over Osceola last Thursday night. "I thought the girls would be excited," he said. "But it looked like they knew they didn't play their best basketball. They accepted the win and were happy about it, but they knew they could play better." Johnson said the team didn't look as sharp as it did in a season-opening loss to Superior a week earlier.
Hudson senior Matt Krier has found his scoring touch in the Raider boys' basketball team's first two games of the season, but the team is still searching for a supporting cast. Krier scored 20 points in the Raiders' season-opener against New Richmond last Tuesday, and Davy Branson added 11 but no other Raider scored more than six in a 56-43 loss. Friday at Wausau West, Krier was the lone Raider in double figures with 25 points as Hudson dropped its second straight game to open the season, 61-47. Head coach Jason Swavely said the young Raiders are still looking for their identity, especially
The Hudson wrestling team opened the season on the right foot, with a 57-15 win over Big Rivers Conference opponent Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday in Eau Claire. Hudson now holds a 21-2 record all time record against the Old Abes, including wins in the last ten years straight. "We wrestled pretty well," Raider head coach Chris Hansen said. "But we were pinned twice and that is not characteristic of us.
Former Hudson Raider and University of Wisconsin football star Kraig Urbik had his hands full in his second career NFL start Sunday at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Playing both right guard and center for the Buffalo Bills against the Minnesota Vikings, Urbik spent most of the afternoon trying to protect his quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Viking's acclaimed defensive line, mostly the famed "Williams Wall" duo of defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams. Urbik didn't allow a sack and played a penalty-free game.
The Raider boys' hockey team gave second-ranked Eau Claire Memorial all it could handle for a little more than a period last Thursday night before the Old Abes erupted for five straight goals in the second period on their way to a 6-1 victory over Hudson. The win boosted Eau Claire Memorial's record to 3-0-0 while the game marked the season opener for the Raiders. After Hudson sophomore Daniel Tripicchio snapped the Old Abes string of five straight goals to make it a 5-1 game at the end of two, the Raiders held Eau Claire Memorial to just one goal in the third period, despite being outshot 1
Hudson Crusaders' goaltender Josh Lehr will play his last game for the team on Sunday, Dec. 5, at home against the Minnesota Owls before joining the Bethel University hockey team after the Christmas break. Sunday's game time is 6:10 p.m.
The Raider boys' hockey team will jump right into Big Rivers Conference action when it opens the 2010-11 season at defending conference champion Eau Claire Memorial Thursday night, Dec. 2. The Raiders continue the season with a nonconference road game at New Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 7, and a BRC contest at Menomonie Thursday, Dec. 9, before their home opener Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.
First-year Raider girls' basketball coach Ed Johnson described his team's play in last Friday's season opener against Superior as 20 minutes of good basketball and 12 minutes of being just OK. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to pull out a win. Despite going on a second half tear that saw them cut a 15-point third quarter deficit down to two with two minutes remaining, the Raiders couldn't get over the hump and came out on the short end of a 58-51 decision to the Spartans. "I think we did a nice job, except for the second quarter and a little bit of the third," Johnson said.