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 girls' tennis team closed out the Big Rivers Conference dual meet portion of its schedule with victories over Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls last week. The Raiders will take their 5-1 conference record into the BRC Tournament Saturday, Sept. 25 at Eau Claire North. Last Tuesday at home against the Huskies, three of the seven matches went to three sets and Hudson won two of them to pick up a 4-3 conference win. The Raiders got solid wins from Morgan Van Allen at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4, and the No. 2 doubles team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder, 6-2, 6-2.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team won a pair of dual meets last week, a 104-82 nonconference victory over North St. Paul at home Tuesday, Sept. 14 and a 98-88 win at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 16. "The girls did a wonderful job in both meets this week," coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "At the Menomonie meet, Amanda Baker broke the 6-dive school record with a score of 227 points. She had a fantastic meet, and not only broke a school record, but placed in the 100 free and helped the 200 freestyle relay succeed as well." Bake also won Tuesday's diving competition against North St.
The Raider football team rallied from a 21-3 third quarter deficit to pull to within a touchdown of Chippewa Falls Friday night, only to come up short in a 21-17 loss to the Cardinals. Chippewa Falls led 14-3 at halftime and extended its lead to 21-3 early in the third quarter before the Raiders got a pair of touchdown runs by Tucker Malecha, the second coming with 7:29 remaining in the game to cut the Cardinal lead to 21-17. Hudson got the ball back with just under five minutes remaining but Chippewa Falls came up with a big defensive stand to escape with the victory. "I was really proud o
The Raider boys' soccer team went up against the cream of the crop in the state of Minnesota and the Big Rivers Conference last week and came away with a pair of losses. The Raiders fell to the Minnesota Class 2A fifth-ranked Woodbury Royals, 6-0, at home last Tuesday before dropping a 4-1 decision at BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial Thursday. The Raiders, now 2-4-0 in the BRC, 2-7-0 overall, will host River Falls (2-3-1, 10-3-1) Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the middle school field. Tuesday, Sept.
The Hudson volleyball team didn't let anything stand in its way last week. The Raiders started the week with a five-set victory at Menomonie last Tuesday to even their Big Rivers Conference mark at 1-1. They ended it by going 4-0 to win the championship at their own Hudson Invitational Saturday, despite missing a number of players due to ACT tests and stomach flu. "Two of the missing were our setters, and then one of our back row specialists came down with the stomach flu," head coach Dennis Saathoff explained.
No matter how you score it, the Raider boys' and girls' cross country teams continue to prove they are among the area's best. At Saturday's Menomonie Relays, where scoring is based on the sum of five of each team's eight best times in a series of races, the Raider boys took first while the girls finished second out of six teams. Hudson also produced the two fastest times of the day, with Ryan Kromer winning the boys' race in 16 minutes, 54 seconds, and Katie Wetzstein taking the girls' title in 19:12.
Hudson's Cassie Wurm shot a 1-over par 37 to take medalist honors at a Big Rivers Conference girls' golf meet at Hillcrest Country Club in Eau Claire Monday. Wurm finished three strokes better than River Falls' Halle Hauer. River Falls took first with a total team score of 183, followed by Rice Lake with 188, Hudson with 191, Eau Claire Memorial with 193 and Eau Claire North with 221. Leisha Cory turned in the Raiders' second-lowest score of the day with a 47.
The Eau Claire Memorial girls' swimming and diving team showed why it's won or shared the Big Rivers Conference title 20 of the last 21 years when it came to Hudson for the 2010 BRC dual opener against the Raiders last Thursday. The Old Abes took first in 11 of the meet's 12 events on their way to a 137-49 win over the Raiders. Hudson's only win came in diving where Amanda Baker won with a total score of 189.5. Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said the Raiders held their own against the depth and talent of the Old Abes. "Against a team with so much depth and strength, our swimmers and divers s
Two nights after dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime at Eau Claire North, the Raider boys' soccer team suffered a 7-0 home loss to Chippewa Falls last week. Hudson, now 2-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, 2-5 overall, will travel to conference-leader Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, Sept. 16 and play a nonconference game at Stillwater Monday, Sept. 20, before visiting Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 21, and returning home to host River Falls Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Last Tuesday at Eau Claire North, senior captains Chris Berglund and J.C.
Hudson's offense may have gotten off to a slow start in Friday night's Big Rivers Conference opener against Superior, but that was OK because the Spartans never had a chance against the Raider defense. The Raiders held the Spartans to 79 yards of total offense in the first half and forced Superior to punt on four of their first five possessions with the end of the half halting Superior's other possession. For the game, Hudson's defense held Superior to 173 total yards, with 82 of those coming on the final drive that resulted in the Spartans only touchdown with 14 seconds remaining. "I thoug