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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Any time you can have a lead in the third quarter against the ninth-ranked team in the state and take the state's seventh-ranked team into overtime on the road, it will help your confidence. That's what the Raider girls' basketball team did last week.
The Raider boys' hockey team couldn't find the back of the net in a 5-0 loss to New Richmond last Thursday before battling back two nights later for a 2-2 tie against Chippewa Falls in its final two games of the regular season last week. Thursday's tie lifted the Raiders into second place in the final Big Rivers Conference standings, one point ahead of River Falls. Hudson finished with a record of 7-4-1 in the BRC (10-10-1 overall) while River Falls finished at 7-5-0 (15-8-0). The two teams will meet in a regional final game Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in River Falls.
The Hudson High School wrestling team knocked off second-ranked Wausau West Tuesday night to earn a berth in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Championships for the first time in the program's history. Hudson will face Holmen in the Division 1 state quarterfinals Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Field House in Madison. The Raiders advanced to their first ever state team tournament with a 36-33 victory over Wausau West in the sectional team final Tuesday night (Feb. 15) in Chippewa Falls.
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 (Feb. 12) 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.
After dropping a close dual meet to Chippewa Falls and finishing behind the Cardinals at the Eau Claire North Invitational during the regular season, the Raider boys' swimming and diving team earned some revenge Saturday by finishing ahead of the Cardinals at the Big Rivers Conference Championships in Chippewa Falls. Hudson's depth allowed it to score a total of 427 points to finish second behind 19-time champion Eau Claire Memorial. Chippewa Falls was third with 388 followed by River Falls with 382, Rice Lake with 237 and Menomonie with 161. Eau Claire Memorial was the No.
The Raider girls' basketball team defeated River Falls, 40-33, last Tuesday, Feb. 1 before dropping a 46-35 decision at Rice Lake Saturday. The Raiders, now 3-5 in the Big Rivers Conference, 6-10 overall, will host conference leader Eau Claire North (7-0, 13-2), Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and travel to second place Chippewa Falls (7-1, 14-1) Saturday, Feb. 12. Eau Claire North is ranked 15th in the state in Division 1 while Chippewa Falls is No. 6. On Monday, Feb.
The Raiders girls' hockey team dropped a heartbreaker, 3-2, in overtime at Marshfield Saturday, two nights after getting shut out by the top-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion in its Big Rivers Conference finale Thursday in River Falls. The Raiders (0-6-0 BRC, 5-14-0 overall) wrapped up the regular season this past Tuesday night, Feb. 8 at New Richmond (8-11-1). They received the No. 5 seed for the WIAA Sectional and will begin postseason play at No. 4 Chippewa Falls (3-2-1, 12-7-1) on Thursday, Feb.
The Raider boys' hockey team won defeated Rice Lake, 3-2, and Eau Claire North, 9-1, last week to improve to 7-4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and 10-9-0 overall. The Raiders have now won three straight and five of their last six. Their only loss during that span came in the last minute at River Falls on Jan. 25. The Raiders drew the No. 5 seed in the upcoming sectional and will return to River Falls to face the fourth-seeded Wildcats (11-7-0, 15-7-0) in a regional final game on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. The Raiders defeated the Wildcats in their first meeting this season Dec.
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.