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 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.
The Raider softball team won the championship game of the Robbinsdale-Cooper Tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday, coming back from a 7-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning against Minneapolis Armstrong to win 11-7 on a walk-off grand slam home run by Maya Triebold. The dinger was Triebold's second home run of the day. Lexi Smith hit a total of five home runs in the first two games as the Raiders defeated St. Michael-Albertville, 9-8, and Minneapolis Washburn, 12-1 to reach the title game.
Hudson and River Falls swept the top two spots in both the boys' and girls' competition at the 2012 Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday at Eau Claire North High School. The Raider boys won all four relay events on their way to their fourth straight BRC title while Hudson's girls posted a total of eight first place finishes to win their eighth straight conference championship. Hudson's boys finished with 173.5 points to take first while River Falls was second with 132.
Two days after a 5-1 loss to undefeated Eau Claire Memorial, the Raider girls' soccer team shut out Menomonie, 3-0, last Thursday, May 10 to stay one game over .500 in Big Rivers Conference play. Both games were on the road with the Raiders at River Falls (7-1-1) Tuesday, May 15, and Rice Lake (1-7-0) Thursday, May 17. They play a nonconference game at New Richmond Saturday, May 19, before the final home game of the season, Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
The Raider track and field teams tuned up for next week's Big Rivers Conference Championships by turning in impressive performances at the New Richmond Relays last Friday, May 4 and the Rochester Mayo Invitational Saturday, May 5. The Raider boys took first at New Richmond and fifth at Rochester while the girls placed second at both meets. The Raiders are off this week in preparation for the BRC Championship Meet Tuesday, May 15, at Eau Claire North.
After posting a pair of 7-0 victories earlier in the week, including a sweep of River Falls Thursday that kept them undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play, the Raider boys' tennis team ran into some stiff competition at last weekend's Eau Claire Memorial Border Battle, finishing 2-2 to end up in fifth place. Both Raider victories came on Saturday, 5-2 over Stillwater and 6-1 over Wausau East. Friday they suffered their first two losses of the season, 6-1 to Hopkins and 7-0 to Eau Claire Memorial.
With the exception of a little glitch in a doubleheader at Rice Lake last Thursday, the Raider softball team put on quite an offensive performance last week. Hudson opened the week by sweeping River Falls, 7-3 and 15-0, last Tuesday, May 1. After being swept Thursday, May 3 at Rice Lake, 13-3 and 12-2, the Raiders bounced back to post double-digits in two games Saturday, May 5, defeating St.
The Raider girls' soccer team moved one game over .500 and into fourth place in the big Rivers Conference standings with a 4-0 shutout victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 1 at the middle school field. The win gives the Raiders a record of 3-2-1 heading into games this week at BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial (6-0-0) Tuesday, May 8 and Menomonie (0-6-1) Thursday, May 10.
The Raider baseball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers in Big Rivers Conference play last week, 9-7 Tuesday, May 1 at Chippewa Falls and 4-3 in nine innings Friday, May 4 at Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead at Chippewa Falls and led 5-2 in the second before the Cardinals struck for five runs in the fourth inning and two unearned runs in the fifth to take a 9-5 lead. The Raiders cut the gap to 9-7 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth but that's as close as they could get. Friday at Carson Park in Eau Claire, the Old Abes came back on three d