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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Neither team generated much offense in the first quarter of Friday night's Big Rivers Conference matchup between Hudson and River Falls. The score was tied 4-4 at the end of one and that was only because Raider junior Max Hawksford hit a jumper at the buzzer.
The Raider girls' basketball team suffered a pair of tough losses last week, falling 50-46 at Ellsworth Tuesday night before losing 45-30 Friday night at River Falls. The Raiders will host Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. before taking a break for the holidays. Last Tuesday at Ellsworth, the Raiders jumped out to an early 16-5 lead only to find themselves down by 10 early in the fourth quarter.
The Raider boys' hockey team showed no signs of a letdown after its big 4-2 win over rival and previously unbeaten River Falls last Tuesday, Dec.
Senior Jamie Lindstrom had 10 points and 13 rebounds and junior Jessie Kirkwood chipped in nine points, including a reverse layup with 38 seconds remaining to give the Raiders the lead for good, as the Hudson girls' basketball team defeated Menomonie, 38-36, in their Big Rivers Conference opener Friday night. The Raiders hit just 26 percent of their field goal attempts, making just 16-of-62 shots from the field, but played stifling defense that led to the win. "Our defensive effort was great throughout the game," head coach Ed Johnson said.
Three Raiders scored in double figures, led by junior Max Hawksford with 17, as the Hudson boys' basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 59-47, Friday night in Menomonie. Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a 76-65 decision at Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson, now 1-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big Rivers Conference, will host River Falls (5-0, 2-0) Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the high school gym.
The Raider boys' hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead at New Richmond last Tuesday but couldn't make it stand up in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers. Thursday, Hudson dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime at Menomonie. The Raiders have a busy week coming up. They hosted River Falls Tuesday, Dec. 14, and will travel to Rice Lake Thursday, Dec. 16, before visiting Eau Claire North Saturday, Dec. 18. They won't play again until the Schwan's Cup in Blaine, Minn., Dec. 27-29. ( Post press note: The Raiders defeated River Falls in the Dec. 14 contest by a score of 4-2. See the Dec.
UW-River Falls has named five finalists, including two who will be coaching against each other in this Saturday's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, as candidates to be the university's new head football coach. All five finalists will be interviewed on campus between Dec. 14-20. There will be open forums for each candidate in the University Center's Kinnickinnic Theater.
Facing an 18-time defending conference champion with a brand new coaching staff isn't the ideal way to open the season, but that's what the Raider boys' swimming and diving team had to do last Thursday. The Raiders, guided by new head coach Joe Smolinske and assistant Katie Zappa, held their own against the Old Abes but Memorial proved too tough in the end and posted a 126-59 victory. Smolinske takes over for Steve Webb, who resigned shortly before the start of the season. Eau Claire Memorial has won 18 straight Big Rivers Conference championships and 20 of the last 21.
Fresh off their weekend win over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point, the 18th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team routed UW-Eau Claire, 75-51, Wednesday night at Karges Center to take over sole possession of first place in the WIAC. The Falcons and Blugolds entered the game as the only undefeated teams in conference play, each at 2-0. UW-RF used a smothering defense and a balanced offense that saw nine players finish with at least six points in the win.
Raider girls' basketball coach Ed Johnson was surprised when he entered the locker room following his team's 51-49 victory over Osceola last Thursday night. "I thought the girls would be excited," he said. "But it looked like they knew they didn't play their best basketball. They accepted the win and were happy about it, but they knew they could play better." Johnson said the team didn't look as sharp as it did in a season-opening loss to Superior a week earlier.