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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For three quarters Thursday night at Newton Field it looked like the last team to have the ball would win the game and earn a berth in the WIAA playoffs. But Eau Claire Memorial took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter, less than a minute after Hudson had tied the score 28-28, then added another touchdown with less than six minutes remaining in the game to pull out a 42-28 victory and keep the Raiders out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. Both teams entered the game with identical 3-3 records in the Big Rivers Conference and needed a win to earn a playoff berth.
The Raider boys' cross country team earned its second straight trip to state while sisters Katie and Erin Wetzstein both qualified for state for the first time at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country Sectional Meet Saturday at Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah. Hudson's boys finished second in the teams standings and earned a berth at state along with first place La Crosse Logan while Katie Wetzstein earned the first individual qualifying spot with a second-place finish in the girls' race and Erin Wetzstein grabbed the fifth and final spot by finishing ninth overall. The top two teams, and top five
The Raider boys' soccer team didn't have the season it anticipated back in August, but head coach Chuck Bublitz believes the team laid the groundwork for better things in the future. "We played the toughest schedule of any team in our conference, and battled injuries and absences to six of our top 11," he said. "Through it all the team stayed close and continued to battle each game.
Raider seniors Morgan Karras and Whitney Theisen made it to the round of 16 while juniors Jenny Fassbinder and Casey Fall earned a top-32 finish at the WIAA Girls' State Tennis Championships last week in Madison. Karras and Theisen went 2-1 at the state tourney while Fassbinder and Fall were 1-1. Head coach Dave Dahl said the state tournament performances of both doubles teams should be applauded. "There are over 400 varsity level doubles teams in the state in Division 1," he pointed out. "To have one pair finish in the top 32 and another in the top 16 is a pretty nice accomplishment.
After the Raiders 27-14 loss to Eau Claire North last Thursday, Hudson football coach Adam Kowles pointed out that a good quarterback can be like a hot pitcher in baseball or a hot goalie in hockey. They can take over a game," he said.
Hudson junior Cassie Wurm moved up two spots on the second day of the WIAA Girls State Golf Championships in Madison last Tuesday to finish in a six-way tie for eighth place. Wurm carded a score of 77 in Monday's opening round at University Ridge Golf Course and was in a three-way tie for tenth entering Tuesday's second round, nine strokes behind leader Ashton Stair of Milton. All the scores were higher Tuesday and Wurm posted a score of 79 but still moved up to spots on the leader board to tie for eighth with a two-day total of 156.
Fans of Hudson cross country got a treat at the Big Rivers Conference Championship Meet in River Falls Saturday, Oct. 16 as the boys' team ran to its sixth straight conference title and junior Katie Wetzstein was crowned individual champion in the girls' race. The Raider boys took five of the top ten spots to win the BRC crown by a commanding 26 points over second place River Falls.
The Raider volleyball team went 1-4 at Saturday's Big Rivers Conference Tournament to finish sixth. The Raiders' begin postseason play Thursday night, Oct. 21 when they host Superior at 7 p.m. at the high school. Hudson earned the No. 4 seed while Superior is No. 5. The winner of Thursday's match will travel to top-seed Eau Claire North for a regional final Saturday, Oct.
The Raider volleyball team traveled to Chippewa Falls for its final Big Rivers Conference dual match of the season last Tuesday, where it dropped a tough five-set match to the Cardinals by scores of 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 10-15. "It was a back-and-forth struggle all night long, but we just couldn't get the momentum in the last set," coach Dennis Saathoff said. "We started with an early 5-point deficit and then never made a run of our own to get back into it." The Raiders return to Chippewa Falls this Saturday, Oct. 16 for the BRC Tournament. WIAA Regional play begins on Thursday, Oct.
Katie Wetzstein set a new course record in the girls' race and Ryan Kromer and Matt Rudquist finished second and third, respectively, in the boys' race at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Saturday, Oct. 9 at South Middle School in Eau Claire. Wetzstein torched the 5,000 meter course with a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds, six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. In addition to a new course record, the time is also a personal best and makes her one of the favorites heading into this weekend's Big Rivers Conference Championships in River Falls.