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' 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.
The Raider cross country teams got a taste of what the sectional course in Tomah may look like in three weeks when they competed in the Jesse Parker Timberwolf Classic in Tomah on Saturday, Oct. 2. Katie Wetzstein set a new course record of 15 minutes flat while running away with the girls' individual title and leading the Raider girls to a second-place team finish while Ryan Kromer took second in the boy's race as the Raider boys also finished second. La Crosse Logan won the boys' team title with 32 points, followed by Hudson with 48 and Superior with 75.
Less than a week after posting their 19th dual win of the season, the most since joining the Big Rivers Conference, the Raider girls' tennis team earned sectional qualifiers in six of seven flights at Monday's Subsectional Tournament in New Richmond. Nicole Buechler, Morgan Van Allen and Racheal Knoke all moved on in singles play while the doubles teams of Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen, Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder and Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg also advanced to the sectional tournament Wednesday, Oct.
Hudson junior Cassie Wurm finished ten strokes ahead of the nearest competitor to earn medalist honors and help the Raider girls' golf team to a fourth-place finish at the New Richmond Regional last Wednesday in New Richmond. Wurm fired a 79 to run away with the individual regional title. Alex Wheeler of New Richmond and Hannah Van Amber of Eau Claire Memorial tied for second, each with scores of 89. River Falls won the regional team championship with a score of 372 followed by New Richmond with 378, Eau Claire Memorial with 380 and Hudson with 390.
Hudson and River Falls have built a tradition of close games in recent years when the two teams meet on the football field for the Little Brown Jug. Friday night was no exception. The Raiders seemed poised to keep possession of the prize that goes to the wining team of the annual matchup when they took a 21-2 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Raider volleyball team dropped a five-set match at Rice Lake last Tuesday before going undefeated at the Maple Northwestern Tournament Saturday. The Raiders will compete at the Cretin-Derham Hall Tournament this Saturday, Oct. 2. Last Tuesday at Rice Lake, Hudson dropped the first two sets, 23-25 and 18-25, before winning the next two, 25-22 and 25-17, to tie the match. They took an early lead in the fifth and deciding set before losing, 11-15 to drop to-2-2 in Big Rivers Conference play. "Overall, there was just too much inconsistency throughout the match," coach Dennis Saathoff said.
A pair of Raiders swept the top spots at the Hudson Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday, Sept. 21, leading their teams to respective second place finishes, before turning in strong showings at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday. Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race and Matt Rudquist was the boys' champ at the Raiders' home invite last Tuesday.
The Raiders turned in plenty of big plays when they had the ball on offense Friday night against Rice Lake.