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 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.
The Raider boys' soccer team split its last two Big Rivers Conference games, blanking Menomonie 2-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 21 before losing to River Falls, 3-1, this past Monday, Sept. 27. The Raiders, now 3-5-1 in BRC play, 3-8-1 overall, will host Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. before hosting a pair of games Saturday, Oct. 2. They will take on Sparta at 10 a.m. and Tartan, Minn., at 2 p.m. at the middle school field. Last Tuesday at Menomonie, the Raiders got second half goals from French exchange student Hugo Sibot-Pinote and captain J.C.
The Raider girls' tennis team won all three doubles titles and had nine players earn all-conference honors while taking second place at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Tournament Saturday, Sept. 25 in Eau Claire. The No. 1 doubles team of Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen, the No. 2 team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder, and the No. 3 team of Lauren Duffy and Kelsey Scharfenberg all went undefeated to win conference titles and earn All-BRC first team honors. Morgan Van Allen, at No. 2 singles, and Chel sea Buechler, at No.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team started a busy week with a nonconference dual win over Simley (Minn.) last Tuesday, Sept. 21 and ended it with a sixth place finish at the 10-team Husky Invitational Saturday, Sept. 25 in Eau Claire. In between, they dropped a Big Rivers Conference dual meet Thursday at home to River Falls. The Raiders will travel to Rice Lake for a BRC dual Thursday, Sept. 30, before returning to St. Paul for the Simley Invitational Saturday, Oct.