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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Hudson senior Logan Hatch won his first match at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 21 before losing in the quarterfinals while sophomore Peter Hanson was eliminated with a first round loss at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 21, in Madison.
Swimmers from Mako Aquatics, formerly the Hudson Area Swim Association, competed in the 39th Annual Schroeder A+ Meet in Brown Deer Feb. 1-3 and posted 91 personal best times, representing 47 percent of the team's total swims. In the 41-team competition, Mako Aquatics was eighth in the combined and women's team races and fifth in the men's team race. In the individual High Point competition, Sven Becker finished first for the 13-14 year-old boys.
The Raider girls' basketball team won 13 of its last 15 regular season games to finish 14-5 overall. They finished 10-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, one game behind conference champion Chippewa Falls. So, what do they get to show for it? A No. 9 seed for the postseason and potential back-to-back playoff games on the other side of the state.
The Hudson girls’ hockey team picked a good time to get its first win this season against the St. Croix Valley Fusion. The Raiders battled back from a 2-0 deficit at the end of the first period to post a 5-3 victory over the Fusion in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at Gornick Arena.
For the third straight season Hudson and Superior will square off in the Sectional 1 championship game for a berth in the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament. Hudson took care of its end of the bargain with a 7-1 victory over Baldwin-Woodville in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Gornick Arena while the Spartans blanked New Richmond 5-0 in Superior. The top-seeded Spartans and No. 2 Hudson will meet in the sectional title game Saturday, Feb. 23, in Superior.
The Raider boys' basketball team moved another step closer to winning the Big Rivers Conference championship with a decisive 74-47 victory over Menomonie last Thursday, Feb. 14, on its home floor. Two nights later the Raiders made the long trip north to Superior for a nonconference game and came home with an 84-74 victory to push their winning streak to 10 straight.
After going undefeated in Big Rivers Conference dual meets, the Raider gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 141.7 to win the BRC Tournament Saturday, Feb. 16 in Chippewa Falls to earn its first conference championship since 2007. Paige Hillman returned to full strength to claim individual titles on the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around. Hillman scored 9.45 on the bars, 9.45 on beam, and took second in the vault with 9.25. She also placed fifth in the floor exercise with 9.225 to capture the all-around title with a season-high total of 37.275.
Due to inclement weather, the Hudson Raiders Shooting Club (HRSC) has scheduled a second registration session for the 2019 shooting season to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club (285 Krattley Lane, North Hudson). This session is for both returning shooters and new members.
Senior Shane Blinkman took home two medals, including his second individual state championship in the 200-yard individual medley, and Hudson's 200 medley relay team combined for a fourth place finish as the Raider boys' swimming and diving team posted its best finish ever at the WIAA Division 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Feb. 16, in Madison. Five different individuals and two relay teams contributed points to the Raider's eighth place team score of 106, its best finish ever. Madison West won its second straight team title with 314.
Senior Logan Hatch won the 138 pound title and sophomore Peter Hansen took second at 160 pounds at the Menomonie Sectional Saturday, Feb. 16, to qualify for next weekend’s WIAA Individual State Tournament in Madison. Hatch defeated Tanner Kanable of Marshfield in the 138 pound title bout while Hansen lost to Carter Duerkop of Eau Claire North in the 160 pound final to advance as runner-up.