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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Despite dominating play most of the night, and outshooting Eau Claire North, 20-6, the Raider girls' soccer team came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to the Huskies last Tuesday night at the middle school field. Last Thursday's scheduled game at Chippewa Falls was cancelled due to heavy rain and will not be made up, leaving the Raiders with a record of 6-5-1 heading into the postseason. Hudson drew the No. 7 seed in the WIAA regional bracket and will host No. 10 Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. The winner will play either second-seeded D.C. Everest or No.
Hudson's boys' tennis team finished in the top four in every flight and qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Tournament in two flights following play at last Wednesday's sectional tournament in Marshfield. The Raiders finished second in the 16-team field with a total of 36 points. Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional title with 56. Hudson's No. 1 singles player Max Hawksford finished second to earn his third straight trip to state while the No.
River Falls tied Superior for first place while Hudson finished third at one of 16 WIAA Division 1 Golf Regionals Wednesday, May 23, at New Richmond Country Club. Wildcat sophomore Garrett Loomis fired a 74 to earn medalist honors and help the Wildcats tie Superior with a team score of 323. Hudson, led by David Kein's fourth place score of 81, finished third with 335 while Eau Claire Memorial was fourth with 338. Those four teams will join the top four teams from the Antigo Sectional--D.C.
The Raider baseball team has won four of its last five games heading into the final week of the regular season. Hudson defeated Rice Lake, 8-3, last Tuesday before dropping a one-run decision, 4-3, to Eau Claire North Friday. The Raiders came back to sweep a doubleheader Saturday at Onalaska, 5-1 and 12-8, before defeating South St. Paul, 9-4, in eight innings this past Monday, May 21. Hudson, now 6-5 in Big Rivers Conference play, 12-8 overall, hosted Chippewa Falls in the regular season finale Tuesday, May 22.
The Raider track and field teams will ride a wave of momentum into this Thursday's (May 24) sectional meet in Rice Lake after both the boys' and girls' teams swept the Big Rivers Conference Championships last Thursday and Monday's New Richmond Regional. Last week's conference title was the eighth straight for the Raider girls and the fourth consecutive for Hudson's boys.
All ten members of the Raider boys' tennis team will be making the trip to Marshfield Thursday, May 24 for the WIAA sectional round of play. The Raiders had a perfect day Monday at the subsectional in Eau Claire and enter Thursday's sectional tied with Eau Claire Memorial, each with 24 points. Thursday's qualifiers will advance to the WIAA State Tournament May 31- June 2 in Madison, "Our goal going into today was to get everyone through to the sectional and that's exactly what we did," Raider coach Dave Dahl said. "I'm real proud of this group.
The Raider girls' soccer team split a pair of Big Rivers Conference matches last week before posting a 5-1 nonconference victory Saturday, May 19 at New Richmond. Hudson dropped a 2-1 decision last Tuesday at River Falls while picking up a 2-0 road victory Thursday at Rice Lake. The Raiders, now 5-4-1 in BRC play, 6-4-1 overall, hosted Eau Claire North this past Tuesday, May 22 and will travel to Chippewa Falls for the regular season finale on Thursday, May 24. Last Saturday at New Richmond, Alyssa Claflin scored two goals and goalkeeper Megan Nelson played up front and scored a go
The schedule wasn't kind to the Raider softball team last week. Hudson had to face the No. 3 ranked Division 1 team -- Chippewa Falls -- in a doubleheader on the road last Tuesday, May 15 before returning home to host the top-ranked Division 2 team -- Baldwin-Woodville -- on Friday, May 18. Between them the Cardinals and Blackhawks have a combined record of 41-3 this season.
The Raider boys' tennis team put up a good fight a Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Tournament at Eau Claire North, but in the end neither Hudson nor any of the other five teams at the tourney could prevent Eau Claire Memorial from winning its 16th straight BRC championship. The Old Abes swept every flight to finish with a total of 42 points while Hudson battled for individual titles in four flights and finished second with 25 points.
Brett Steinwagner and Mike Hommes teamed up on the mound to allow just five hits and Steinwagner drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the Raider baseball team snapped a three-game Big Rivers Conference losing streak with a 4-1 victory over River Falls last Tuesday at Grandview Park. Saturday night the Raiders dropped a 4-3 nonconference decision in eight innings to Red Wing under the lights of Red Wing's Municipal Stadium. Last Tuesday's win over River Falls kept the Raiders two games behind BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial in the standings with three conference games remaining.