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 track and field teams continued to make their presence known on the state honor rolls last week. Both the Raider boys' and girls' 4x100 meter relay teams posted the fastest times of any Wisconsin school at the Hastings Triangular last Thursday. Hudson's girls' 4x100 squad of Julia Douglas, Erikka Haft, Claire Zais and Katie Thielman teamed up for a time of 51.91 seconds, while the Raider boys' team of Tucker Malecha, Tyler Smrcina, Brandon D'Andrea and Dan Kelly combined for a time of 43.68. Hudson's boys won their race by nearly eight seconds over Park-Cottage Grove whi
Allie Knutson said she's still getting used to being back home after spending two years in Mongolia with the Peace Corps.
After opening the season with one win in three games against Minnesota opponents last week, the Raider bats came alive in their first Wisconsin competition this past Monday, April 9. Hudson's offense erupted for ten runs while pitchers Kellen Pearson and Austin Evenson combined for a two-hit shutout in a 10-0, five-inning victory over New Richmond at Grandview Park.
New Raider softball coach Jim Revoir uses one word repeatedly when describing his thoughts about the program: Impressed. From the players to the coaching staff and community and school support, Revoir said everything's coming together. "It's been a good couple of weeks," he said about preseason practice. "The girls are working really hard. I'm impressed with the overall talent Hudson has compared to where I've coached in the past.
The Raider baseball team returns seven players from last year's squad, and will be joined by ten players that helped the Raider JV finish 16-5 in 2011, as it opens the season with a pair of home games this week. Hudson will host Stillwater in the home opener Thursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. before facing Mahtomedi Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m. Leading the corps of returning players are senior Brett Steinwagner and Kellen Pearson.
Junior Ryan Kromer set a new meet record in the boys' 1600 meter run and senior Katie Wetzstein won the girls' 1600 meter run as both the Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams finished third at the All-American Invitational Saturday at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center. Kromer won his race with a time of 4 minutes, 24.97 seconds, breaking the old meet record of 4:25.72 set by Michael Christianson of La Crosse Aquinas in 2011. Wetzstein took first in the girls' 1600 with a time of 5:08.1, over eight seconds faster than second place Paige Skorseth of River Falls. Hudson also picked up fi
Seniors Matt Strachota and Tyler Smrcina will represent Hudson in the 2012 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Division 1-3 All-Star Game at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh July 14. The WFCA will host two games that day with the Division 4-7 North and South teams squaring off at noon and the Division 1-3 game at 5 p.m.
Raider senior Jessie Kirkwood has earned a spot on the All-Big Rivers Conference Girls' Basketball Team for the second straight season while junior Kindra Witthus was selected for the third straight year according to the list released by the conference Monday afternoon, March 26. Both Raiders were among 11 players to receive honorable mention to the 2012 team.
Not a bad start to the season, considering half the team was still on spring break. The Raider boys' and girls' track and field teams both finished third in the Large School division at the season-opening Northern Badger Indoor Classic last Saturday, March 24 at UW-Stout, and that was just fine with the coaches. "It was a great start to the season, especially considering we had a good number of athletes missing," girls' coach Jami Holum said.
The Raider wrestling team put the finishing touches on another successful season, and handed out team awards to a number of deserving athletes at its annual banquet March 13 at The Orchard banquet facility. The team said goodbye to three seniors -- Tanner Owens, Kolya Hawksford and Drew Krahenbuhl -- while looking back at a season than included a final ranking of No. 10 in the state, two individual state tournament place winners, a regional championship and a Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St.