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 volleyball team traveled to Chippewa Falls for its final Big Rivers Conference dual match of the season last Tuesday, where it dropped a tough five-set match to the Cardinals by scores of 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 10-15. "It was a back-and-forth struggle all night long, but we just couldn't get the momentum in the last set," coach Dennis Saathoff said. "We started with an early 5-point deficit and then never made a run of our own to get back into it." The Raiders return to Chippewa Falls this Saturday, Oct. 16 for the BRC Tournament. WIAA Regional play begins on Thursday, Oct.
Katie Wetzstein set a new course record in the girls' race and Ryan Kromer and Matt Rudquist finished second and third, respectively, in the boys' race at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Saturday, Oct. 9 at South Middle School in Eau Claire. Wetzstein torched the 5,000 meter course with a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds, six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. In addition to a new course record, the time is also a personal best and makes her one of the favorites heading into this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships in River Falls.
Hudson junior Cassie Wurm qualified for her third straight trip to the WIAA State Girls Golf Tournament after earning a spot as an individual qualifier by finish third at last Tuesday's Holmen Sectional. Wurm carded a score of 84 at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Course last week to finish third. She advanced to the sectional tournament by firing a 79 to earn medalist honors at the New Richmond Regional a week earlier. The WIAA Girls Golf Tournament was held this past Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
For the third straight year, Menomonie entered its game with Hudson as the highest scoring offense in the Big Rivers Conference.
Hudson's girls' swimming and diving team took first in all 12 events on its way to a 130-56 victory over Eau Claire North on Senior Night last Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the middle school pool. The meet was the last home dual of the season for the Raiders but not the last time they will compete in their home pool. Hudson will host the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Friday and Saturday, Nov 5-6. Diving competition will take place Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with swimming set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Before that the Raiders will visit Chippewa Falls this Thursday, Oct.
Two Raider seniors will wrap up their high school tennis careers at this weekend's WIAA State Tournament and will be joined by a pair of junior teammates when play begins Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of UW-Madison. Seniors Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen advanced to state with a third-place finish at No. 1 doubles at last Wednesday's sectional tournament in Marshfield while juniors Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder placed second at No. 2 doubles to earn a spot as special qualifiers.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team placed two relay teams in the top eight in the final event of the meet to vault over Red Wing and capture fourth place at the nine-team Simley Invitational in St. Paul Saturday, Oct. 2. Hudson picked up 52 points in the 400 freestyle relay to finish with a total of 259. Red Wing scored 18 points in the event and ended up fifth with 253.5. Ronni Schoenherr, Trisha Wood, Megan Haney and Catie Weese picked up 30 points in the 400 freestyle relay, combining for a fourth place time of 4 minutes, 2.73 seconds.
The Raider boys' soccer team scored three goals in the first 11 minutes and went on to a big 3-0 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday, Sept. 30 at the middle school field. Two days earlier they dropped a 3-0 decision at Rice Lake. This past Monday they lost to River Falls by an identical 3-0 score. The Raiders will open WIAA regional play on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
River Falls drew the No. 3 seed and will host No. 14 Superior, while Hudson is seeded 11th and will travel to No. 6 Rhinelander when the WIAA Division 1 boys' soccer regional playoffs get underway Tuesday, Oct. 12. River Falls will host Superior at 4 p.m. at Wildcat Field while Hudson and Rhinelander also kick off at 4 p.m. in Rhinelander. The winners of those two games are scheduled to meet in the regional final Thursday, Oct. 14, at the home of the higher seed. Big Rivers Conference champion and undefeated Eau Claire Memorial drew the top seed in the 16-team regional and will host No.
The Raider volleyball team split a pair of matches on back-to-back nights against Baldwin-Woodville and Eau Claire North last week, before playing to a third-place finish at the Cretin-Derham Hall Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 2. Head coach Dennis Saathoff said the team played poorly in a 5-set win over Baldwin-Woodville last Monday, but looked better despite being swept by Eau Claire North Tuesday. "Except for set three, which we really let get away from us, the girls played right with North," he said.