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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Raider boys' basketball coach Jason Swavely said there will be an "interesting dynamic" to the team this season. With four returning players who appeared in at least 14 games last season, three more who saw some action with the varsity, and seven more first-year players, including four seniors, Swavely said there's plenty of competition to fill roles. "It's going to be an interesting dynamic," he said.
The Hudson Crusaders won two of three games over the weekend to move into a four-way tie for third place in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. The Crusaders defeated the Minnesota Wildcats 8-3 Saturday and the Twin Cities Northern Lights, 5-0, Sunday. Their only loss of the weekend came Friday at the Rochester Ice Hawks by a score of 9-5. The Crusaders are now 9-10-0-2 in MNJHL play, tied with the Edina Lakers, Minnesota Flying Aces and Minnesota Owls for third place in the league standings with 20 points each.
Raider senior Chris Berglund has been named to the All-Big Rivers Conference Soccer Team for the second straight season while senior JC Tantalean, junior Ian Hey and sophomore Seth Blum earned All-BRC honors for the first time. Berglund and Blum were both named to the All-BRC Second Team while Tantalean and Hey received Honorable Mention. Berglund was an Honorable Mention selection last year as a junior. Eau Claire Memorial had the most players named to the team with nine, including BRC Player of the Year Zach Brown.
The hard work and determination displayed by members of the Raider football team this season paid off last week with 11 Raiders named to 2010 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Senior offensive lineman Matt Krier and junior defensive lineman Matt Strachota were both named to the All-BRC First Team while senior defensive lineman Will Johnson, junior linebacker Josh Schueller, senior kicker Jake Denison and junior return specialist Tyler Smrcina were all named to the second team.
When Brooks Lockwood takes his River Falls hockey team to Hudson to face his alma mater Dec. 14, it will be his sixth career game as a head coach. It will be Raider coach Mike Stoskopf's 500th. "He's won a lot of games," Lockwood said about Stoskopf. "I've learned a lot from him." Lockwood played his high school hockey for Stoskopf and was a junior on the Raiders' first state championship team in 2001.
Amber Saathoff was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Team for the second straight year while Stephanie Little, Hannah Wirth and Katrina Zenz were all honored for the first time, giving Hudson four players on the 23-player team voted on by conference coaches and released last week. Saathoff, a 5-foot, 8-inch senior setter and right side hitter, was named to the seven-player All-BRC First Team after earning second team honors in 2009. Little, a 6-0 junior middle hitter, was one of seven players named to this year's second team while Wirth, a 5-4 defensive specialist, and Zenz,
Hudson cross country runners Ryan Kromer, Matt Rudquist and Katie Wetzstein have been named to Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association All-State Teams. Kromer was named to the boys' second team and Rudquist received honorable mention to the boys' team while Wetzstein earned a spot on the girls' second team. Wetzstein, a junior, was the Big Rivers Conference individual champion and took second at the sectional meet before finishing 14th at the WIAA State Cross Country Division 1 Championships in Wisconsin Rapids Oct.
Former River Falls High School hockey star Dylan Dock admits he wasn't happy when he was traded from the Springfield Junior Blues to the Hudson Crusaders last month. "I was upset; it's a different league," he said, noting Springfield is a Tier II junior team that plays in the North American Hockey League and Hudson is a Tier III team and member of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.
Junior Amanda Baker will be the Raiders' lone representative at the weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison. Baker earned a berth at state by winning a sectional diving title last Friday night at the middle school pool, taking first in the Division 1 competition with a score of 384.15. Raider sophomore Kendall Tierney just missed going to state as an extra qualifier. Tierney finished fourth at Friday night's sectional with a score of 332.1.
Five seniors ran their last race for the Hudson boys at Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships while Katie and Erin Wetzstein both hope to return to compete again next year in the girls' race. The Raider boys finished eighth out of 20 teams in the Division 1 race while junior Katie Wetzstein made her state debut with a 14th place individual finish and younger sister Erin, a freshman, finished 81st. Katie Wetzstein was in 11th place at the one-mile mark and fell back to 17th place at two miles but made a surge over the final 300 meters and passed Chippewa Falls' Emily Kelly and Bro