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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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.
The Raider boys' basketball team split a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, rolling over Eau Claire North, 54-34, at home last Tuesday before falling to Chippewa Falls, 56-43, Friday on the road. The split kept the Raiders at the .500 mark in conference play with a record of 3-3 while moving their overall mark to 3-8. They face a pair of Minnesota opponents this week, traveling to Edina Friday night, Jan. 21 before hosting Hastings Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders return to BRC action at home against Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
The Raider gymnastics team turned in a strong showing at the 12-team Winter Wonderland Invitational in River Falls last Saturday by placing fourth, two days after posting a Big Rivers Conference dual victory over Menomonie. Junior Amanda Baker made three trips to the awards stand at River Falls, placing fifth on the uneven parallel bars, seventh in the floor exercise and seventh in the all-around competition to lead the Raiders. Hudson finished with a total score of 123.05 to finish fourth in the final team standings.
After a frustrating 2-1 loss to Simley, Minn., last Tuesday night at Gornick Arena, the Raider boys' hockey team welcomed top-ranked Eau Claire Memorial to town Saturday night and gave the Old Abes all they could handle for nearly two-and-a-half periods before falling 4-0. The Raiders trailed the Old Abes 2-0 after two, and it if wasn't for hot Eau Claire Memorial goalie Saxton Soley, the score could have been much closer. "We played as hard as we have played all season," Hudson coach Mike Stoskopf said about Saturday night's game.
The Raider boys' basketball team didn't just lose a pair of games last week, it also lost top scorer and rebounder Matt Krier to an ankle injury. Krier was injured in the second half of the Raiders' 56-45 loss at Red Wing, Minn., last Tuesday night. Without their big man Friday at Rice lake, the Raiders struggled in a 64-29 loss to the Big Rivers Conference leading Warriors. "He'll be out this week for sure," head coach Jason Swavely said about Krier's status. "We'll see about the Edina game next Friday (Jan. 21), and then we play Hastings Saturday night (Jan. 22).
The fifth-ranked Superior boys' hockey team scored four goals in the second period on its way to defeating Hudson, 5-2, for its seventh straight victory Saturday afternoon at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The Spartans held a 1-0 lead after one before scoring three straight goals in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
The Raider wrestling team stayed undefeated in Big Rivers Conference duals with a 56-20 victory over Rice Lake last Thursday before going 2-2 at its own Hudson Dual Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders defeated Cumberland, 54-7, and Hutchinson-Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (Minn.), 33-30, whole losing to Plainview-Elgin-Millville (Minn.), 46-30, and Ellsworth, 43-21. Thursday's win over Rice Lake improved the Raiders' BRC record to 4-0 and kept them tied for first place in the conference standings with Chippewa Falls. The Raiders will visit Eau Claire North this Thursday, Jan.
The Raider boys' swimming and diving team followed up a Big Rivers Conference victory over River Falls last Thursday by taking home a third-place trophy from the Simley Invitational Saturday in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The Raiders defeated the Wildcats 108-77 last Thursday before scoring 44.5 points to take third at Saturday's six-team Simley Invite. Orono, Minn.
When UW-River Falls Athletic Director Roger Ternes called Matt Walker at his home in Indiana Dec. 28 to offer him the Falcon football head coaching job, Walker couldn't wait to get started. "I was ready to take off right away but there was nobody here because school was on break," Walker said on his first official day on the job Monday.
One day after losing a 5-4 heartbreaker to Sartell in the consolation semifinals, the Raider boys' hockey team posted a 3-0 shutout over Owatonna to finish seventh in the Bronze Division of the Schwan's Cup in Blaine, Minn., last week. The Raiders opened tournament play with a 3-1 loss to Mounds View last Wednesday. Senior co-captain Ryan Dau had a hand in six of the eight goals scored by the Raiders at the tournament, including a goal and three assists in the team's 5-4 overtime loss to Sartell in Thursday's consolation semifinal. Dau assisted on the first goal of the game by Dylan Haskins