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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Win or lose, the Raider girls' soccer team continues to impress people, especially opposing coaches. Following Eau Claire Memorial's 3-0 win over the Raiders last Thursday at the middle school field, head coach John Knutson said Old Abe coach Kit Shiefelbein paid Hudson a great compliment by saying, "The Hudson team all plays with such heart and passion." That was evident on both Raider games last week -- Tuesday's 7-0 victory over Baldwin-Woodville and Thursday's loss to Memorial.
The Raider baseball team gave state-ranked Eau Claire North all it could handle last Tuesday, May 3 before the Huskies erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh and went on to a 10-3 victory at Grandview Park. The loss was the first of three straight for the Raiders. They dropped another Big Rivers Conference matchup, 7-1, Friday to Chippewa Falls before coming out on the short end of a 7-6 decision at Mahtomedi on Saturday. The Raiders, now 4-3 in the BRC, 5-6 overall, hosted Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday and will play a doubleheader at River Falls Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Ryan Dau said it was an opportunity he just couldn't pass up. After leading the Raider hockey team in scoring this season with 20 goals and 21 assists and earning All-State honorable mention, and playing three years with Team Wisconsin, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 175-pound high school senior will take his considerable hockey and academic talents to the Air Force Academy in Colorado beginning in the fall of 2013. Dau gave his verbal commitment to Air Force coach Frank Serratore the day after Easter.
The Raider boys' tennis team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and improved to 6-0 overall with wins over River Falls last Thursday, April 28 and Tartan this past Monday, May 2. The Raiders won both matches by identical 5-2 scores. They face a big challenge this Thursday, May 5, when they host Eau Claire Memorial at 4 p.m. at the high school courts.
The Raider softball team banged out 17 hits in a 10-5 victory over River Falls in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday, April 28, but the Wildcats earned some revenge in the nightcap and handed Hudson its loss of the season by a score of 4-2. Last Saturday's scheduled doubleheader against Marshfield was cancelled due to rain and leaves the Raiders with records of 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the Big Rivers Conference, heading into doubleheaders against Rice Lake (3-2, 2-2) and Eau Claire North (4-2, 0-2) this week. The Eau Claire North games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
One day after a seventh-inning rally fell one run short at Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, April 28, the Raider baseball team broke a 4-4 tie with a pair of seventh inning runs and held on for a 6-4 victory Friday at Rice Lake. Hudson played from behind the majority of both games. They trailed by four going into the seventh inning Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial.
Hudson's girls' soccer team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, but bounced back to go 2-0 at the Onalaska Quadrangular on Saturday, April 30. The Raiders lost 3-0 at Eau Claire North last Tuesday, April 26 and were edged by Chippewa Falls, 1-0, Thursday on the Cardinals' home field.
Hudson middle school and high school student athletes have until June 6 to register for this summer's Raider Elite strength and conditioning program. Nearly 200 high school students and over 100 middle school students took part in the program last year. The program is designed to give every athlete the opportunity to take part in a scientifically backed and individualized training program.
The Raider softball team won its first two Big Rivers Conference games in dramatic fashion last week, winning the opener of a doubleheader with Menomonie, 6-5, on a three-run walk-off home run by Deven DuCharme before rallying in the second game for eight runs in the seventh inning to tie the score and winning, 12-11, in eight innings. The sweep improved the Raiders' record to 4-0 overall and left them tied with Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls for first place in the Big Rivers Conference at 2-0. Hudson will play a doubleheader at River Falls (2-3, 0-2) Thursday, April 28 beginning at 4 p.m.
Even Raider boys' tennis coach Dave Dahl was impressed with his team's 6-1 victory over Menomonie last Thursday, April 21. All six of the Raiders' wins came in straight sets with their only loss coming in three sets at the No. 4 singles position. "This was a pretty convincing team victory against a Menomonie squad that came back this year with a fair amount of experience," Dahl said. The win kept the Raiders undefeated on the season with an overall mark of 4-0 and improved their Big Rivers Conference record to 2-0 heading into Thursday's (April 28) conference match at River Falls.