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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After pushing Chippewa Falls to five sets in a 3-2 loss last Tuesday, Oct. 11, then sweeping Baldwin-Woodville, 3-0, two nights later, the Raider volleyball team was poised for strong performance at Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Tournament. Despite losing three close matches in round robin play, Hudson ended the day with a 3-1 victory over Menomonie to finish in seventh place. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said he believes the team will rebound when it begins WIAA regional play Thursday, Oct.
Hudson cross country coach Don Krupa called Katie Wetzstein, "The shining star" in the Big Rivers Conference this year, while Ryan Kromer simply blew away his competition. Wetzstein defended her championship in the girls' race while Kromer won the boys' race by 28 seconds over his nearest competitor as the Raiders crowned two individual BRC cross country champions for the first time in school history. Hudson has competed in boys' cross country since 1967 while the girls' program began in 1978. Wetzstein crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 56.2 seconds to edge River Falls' Paige
As the final seconds ticked off the clock in last Thursday's 1-0 Raider victory over Eau Claire Memorial, head coach Chuck Bublitz said it was a great moment for the Hudson team and the program. The win not only clinched a WIAA regional title for the eighth-seeded Raiders and sent them into this Thursday's sectional semifinal at No. 4 Wausau East, but it ended the top-seed Old Abes three-year run at the WIAA State Tournament. "An awesome win against a great team," Bublitz said. "It was a game we fought for until the very end.
Following a three-day delay, the WIAA released its Division 1 and Division 2 football playoff brackets early Tuesday afternoon after a judge ruled that a suburban Milwaukee team has the right to play in the postseason. According to the tentative brackets, the Hudson Raiders will travel to Wisconsin Rapids Friday at 7 p.m. for a Division 1 playoff game.
Hudson will have to wait until at least 10 a.m. Tuesday to find out where it will open the WIAA football playoffs. A Milwaukee County judge granted the Messmer/Shorewood football team a temporary injunction late Monday afternoon that will prevent the Division 1 and 2 brackets from being released. Division 3 through 7 brackets were released Monday evening. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
A dispute between a suburban Milwaukee football team and the WIAA will leave the Hudson Raiders, and every other playoff team in the state, waiting until at least 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to find out where they will open the postseason next weekend. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Milwaukee County Court to determine the playoff eligibility of the Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team. Messmer/Shorewood left the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval following the 2007 season to play an independent schedule.
Hudson was all business Thursday night in its regular season finale, forcing five turnovers and racing out to a 31-0 lead on its way to a 48-7 victory over Eau Claire North at Newton Field. The win puts the Raiders' final regular season record at 5-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, 6-3 overall, as they await Saturday's announcement of the WIAA playoff pairings. Thursday night's win over the Huskies was the Raiders' third in a row and avenged a loss at Eau Claire North last season. Quarterback Luke Miller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Griff Christensen and Frank Snyder scored on an 8-yard
Freshman Devin Cicha set a new school record in the 50 yard freestyle and Hudson took first in seven events in a 96-69 victory over Rice Lake in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet last Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the middle school. Cicha set a new school mark of 24.78 seconds to win the 50 freestyle while teammate Ellie Kiecker was second in 27.98.
Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race and Ryan Kromer took first in the boys' competition to lead the Raiders to first and third place team finishes at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Saturday, Oct.
The Raider volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Big Rivers Conference leading Eau Claire North last Tuesday before placing fourth at the 12-team Mora, Minn., Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday, Oct. 11 at home against Chippewa Falls and will compete in the BRC Tournament this Saturday, Oct. 15 in Chippewa Falls. WIAA Regional play gets underway Thursday, Oct.