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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Last March I was driving back from the high school sectional wrestling tournament in Merrill when I decided to stop at Duke's Lanes in Abbotsford for one of their famous hot beef sandwiches. After ordering my food and drink, the bartender asked me where I was from and I said River Falls. "Oh, then you must know Don Page," she said. "I certainly do," I replied. That wasn't the first time I was on a road trip somewhere in Wisconsin and a person asked me if I knew Page.
When George Field was chancellor at UW-River Falls from 1968-85, he said the university didn't need a public relations department or advertising agency to promote the school. "We had Don Page," Field said. Page died last Tuesday, Sept. 14, after a long bout with cancer. He was 83. His son, River Falls dentist David Page, said he can't go anywhere in the state of Wisconsin without someone asking him if he is Don Page's son.
Raider junior Cassie Wurm tied for medalist honors at the Raider girls' golf team's final Big Rivers Conference regular season meet of the season Monday in River Falls. Last week Wurm tied for medalist honors at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake Thursday, two days after she tied for third on the Raiders' home course at the Hudson Golf Course. Hudson finished fourth at their home meet last Tuesday and finished fifth Thursday at Rice Lake. Monday at River Falls they placed fourth. Next up for Hudson is the BRC Tournament Thursday, Sept.
The Raider volleyball team made short work of River Falls in its' only match last week, serving at a 94 percent clip on its way to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Wildcats. Hudson's strong serving forced River Falls into a high number of reception errors. When the Wildcats did play the ball, the Raider passing and hitting was on the mark. "This was a nice match for our team," head coach Dennis Saathoff said.
The Raider boys' cross country team took first while the girls finished third at the Rice Lake Invitational last Tuesday, Sept. 14. Ryan Kromer finished second and Matt Rudquist placed fifth to lead Hudson's boys to the team title while Katie Wetzstein won the girls' race with sister Erin not far behind in ninth place and Sadie Kroll 16th. "What we need to do now is close the gap between the third and seventh position," head coach Don Krupa said about the girls. It is not without lack of effort. The last 800 meters took their toll. We have a few runners with injuries.
The Raider girls' tennis team closed out the Big Rivers Conference dual meet portion of its schedule with victories over Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls last week. The Raiders will take their 5-1 conference record into the BRC Tournament Saturday, Sept. 25 at Eau Claire North. Last Tuesday at home against the Huskies, three of the seven matches went to three sets and Hudson won two of them to pick up a 4-3 conference win. The Raiders got solid wins from Morgan Van Allen at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4, and the No. 2 doubles team of Casey Fall and Jenny Fassbinder, 6-2, 6-2.
The Raider girls' swimming and diving team won a pair of dual meets last week, a 104-82 nonconference victory over North St. Paul at home Tuesday, Sept. 14 and a 98-88 win at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 16. "The girls did a wonderful job in both meets this week," coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "At the Menomonie meet, Amanda Baker broke the 6-dive school record with a score of 227 points. She had a fantastic meet, and not only broke a school record, but placed in the 100 free and helped the 200 freestyle relay succeed as well." Bake also won Tuesday's diving competition against North St.
The Raider football team rallied from a 21-3 third quarter deficit to pull to within a touchdown of Chippewa Falls Friday night, only to come up short in a 21-17 loss to the Cardinals. Chippewa Falls led 14-3 at halftime and extended its lead to 21-3 early in the third quarter before the Raiders got a pair of touchdown runs by Tucker Malecha, the second coming with 7:29 remaining in the game to cut the Cardinal lead to 21-17. Hudson got the ball back with just under five minutes remaining but Chippewa Falls came up with a big defensive stand to escape with the victory. "I was really proud o
The Raider boys' soccer team went up against the cream of the crop in the state of Minnesota and the Big Rivers Conference last week and came away with a pair of losses. The Raiders fell to the Minnesota Class 2A fifth-ranked Woodbury Royals, 6-0, at home last Tuesday before dropping a 4-1 decision at BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial Thursday. The Raiders, now 2-4-0 in the BRC, 2-7-0 overall, will host River Falls (2-3-1, 10-3-1) Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the middle school field. Tuesday, Sept.
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.