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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Over 70 hockey players from all over the country ranging in age from 16 to 20 hit the ice at the Hudson Civic Center over the weekend to battle for a roster spot with the expansion Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League. The Bruins are a Junior A Tier II team based out of Austin, Minn., and owned by Hudson businessman Craig Patrick. The team will open its inaugural season in the NAHL this September. The NAHL will consist of 26 teams scattered from Illinois to Alaska this season.
Hudson's American Legion baseball team posted a walk-off win over River Falls in its regular season finale last Tuesday before finishing third out of four teams at the Wisconsin American Legion AAA Regional Tournament in Superior. Hudson finished the season by winning six of its last nine games to end the year with a record of 11-15-1. Last Tuesday the locals loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 6-6 before Ben Christensen drilled a pitch over the River Falls' centerfielder's head to give Hudson a 7-6 win.
Three weeks ago the Hudson River Rats were one game over .500 and mired in the middle of the pack in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings. Since then the Rats have won five straight, and can win the SCVBL North Division and overall championships by winning their final two games of the regular season Friday night, July 30 at New Richmond and Saturday afternoon, July 31 in River Falls. The River Rats defeated New Richmond 17-2 last Wednesday and topped Menomonie, 8-3 Saturday, and Bay City, 10-4 Sunday.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team hit the road for a three-day trip to Madison over the weekend and returned home with three victories and just one loss. Hudson opened the road trip with a 14-5 win over coach Dan Pavlue's alma mater Waunakee Friday before splitting a doubleheader Saturday against Baraboo -- winning the first game 8-3 and losing the second 6-5.
The best senior football players in the state came together Saturday at Keller Field on the campus of UW-Oshkosh for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game, and Hudson was well-represented with both Chas Larson and Michael Bennett taking part and Raider coach Adam Kowles serving as an assistant coach. All three were part of the North Division's 22-20 overtime victory over the South. In addition to highlighting the top seniors in the state, the WFCA All-Star Game also serves as a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Hudson's American Legion baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating Woodbury, 8-4, in the final game of the River Falls Classic Tournament Sunday in River Falls. Hudson opened tournament play in River Falls Friday night with a 17-9 loss to Chippewa Falls. They dropped a 5-4 decision to Mankato Saturday morning and lost 10-1 to Rosemount Saturday afternoon before ending tourney play with the 8-4 win over Woodbury. Hudson, now 6-12-1, will host Menomonie Wednesday evening, July 14, at 6 p.m.
Jimmy Hutchings never dreamed he'd be playing a professional at the Wisconsin State Golf Association Match Play Championship Tournament in Fond du Lac two weeks ago. Especially a professional football player. But that's where the 2008 Hudson High School graduate and junior-to-be at UW-Eau Claire found himself June 15.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team played a pair of twin bills over the weekend and came away with three wins and one loss to even its record at 4-4-1 on the season. Hudson split a doubleheader against Stillwater Saturday, winning the first game 4-0 before losing the second, 9-1.
The Hudson American Legion baseball team opened the 2010 season by going 1-1-1 in its annual wood bat tournament over the weekend before losing a thriller at New Richmond Monday, 6-5. Hudson will host Stillwater for a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at Grandview Park and travel to Somerset on Sunday. Tuesday, June 29, they return home to host Eau Claire. The locals battled Somerset to a 1-1 tie in the first game of the wood bat tournament last Friday afternoon. After losing to Prescott, 9-0, later Friday, the came back to beat St. Paul Arcadia-Phalen, 10-1 Saturday afternoon.
Don't look now, but the fall high school sports season gets underway in less than two months. Nearly 200 Hudson High School athletes, and over 100 middle school students, aren't wasting any time getting in shape for their respective sports. They are taking part in the second summer of the Raider Elite Strength and Conditioning Program at the high school. The students, both male and female and representing all sports in all grades, began the 10-week program last week at the high school.