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 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
Nothing like a convincing win to make a long bus ride home more fun. Just ask Raider girls' tennis coach Dave Dahl, whose team didn't drop a set in a convincing 7-0 victory at Rice Lake last Tuesday. "A solid win at Rice Lake always makes the bus ride home a little easier," Dahl said. "It was a pretty cold and windy day, but the girls adjusted well. They've been doing a great job playing through whatever the weather this season." Nicole Buechler posted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles and Morgan Van Allen won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, while Chelsea Buechler earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at No.
The Raider girls' tennis team picked up a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins last week, defeating Menomonie 6-1, last Tuesday and River Falls, 7-0, Thursday. The Raiders, now 2-1 in the BRC, 15-6 overall, will host Eau Claire North Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Last Tuesday at Menomonie, Hudson won three of four singles matches and all three doubles matches in the 6-1 victory over the Indians. "Menomonie's strength was in the top three singles spots, so I was very happy to take two of those three matches," head coach Dave Dahl said.
The Raiders volleyball team picked up a pair of nonconference wins against Durand and New Richmond last Tuesday before dropping their Big Rivers Conference opener in straight sets Thursday night to Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson defeated Durand 25-23, 20-25, 15-8 and New Richmond 25-9, 25-15 in a multi-team match Tuesday but was swept by Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, 18-25, 18-25, 12-25. The Raiders will host the Hudson Invitational Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. and resume BRC play Tuesday, Sept. 14, at home at 7:15 p.m.
The Raider girls' cross country team finished fourth and the boys placed fifth against some formidable competition at the Marshfield Columbus Invitational Saturday in Marshfield. Hudson's girls took fourth out of 22 teams with 85 points while the boys were fifth out of 23 squads with 113. "The girls' team ran a great race, they showed poise, character and patience as they competed in their second race of the season," Raider coach Don Krupa said.