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 scored two goals in each of the first two periods to post a 4-1 victory over River Falls in a Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey game Thursday, Jan. 17, in Hudson. Dylan Carr gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at the 11:49 mark of the first period, assisted by Easton Schultz, but the Wildcat tied it up just 39 seconds later on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Max Rotsaert. Zach Kochendorfer scored just before the end of the period to give the Raiders the lead for good, 2-1.
Hudson struck early, St. Croix Valley answered late and the rivals had to settle for a 1-1 tie in a Big Rivers Conference girls' hockey showdown Thursday night, Jan. 17, in River Falls.
The Raider wrestling team kicked off the new year with a 48-24 Big Rivers Conference victory at Menomonie Thursday, Jan. 10 before going 2-1 at a very tough Stillwater Pony Stampede Saturday, Jan. 12. Hudson defeated Chatfield, Minn., 51-22 and lost to Coon Rapids 45-20 before beating Mahtomedi 49-25 to place third out of eight teams. Host and No. 8 ranked Stillwater won the team title.
Boys Hockey Jan. 17 River Falls H 7:00 Jan. 19 Superior H 4:00
The Raider boys' hockey team saw it's 8-game unbeaten streak come to an and with a 2-1 overtime loss to Mahtomedi in a nonconference game Tuesday night, Jan. 15, at Gornick Arena. All the scoring in regulation came in the second period with Hunter Danielson giving Hudson a 1-0 lead 1 minute, 16 seconds into the period with an assist from Harvey Dove. Mahtomedi tied it up with 20 seconds remaining in the period. After a scoreless third, Mahtomedi got the game-winner 3:36 into overtime.
When you talk about a team dominating the Big Rivers Conference no team has been as dominating as the Eau Claire Alliance boys' swimming and diving co-op of North and Memorial. ECA has won 29 straight BRC titles and hasn't lost a conference dual meet in over 20 years. Until now.
Hudson assistant coach Dean Talafous has described the Raiders as an average hockey team that can be very good when it works hard and not so good when it doesn't. They must be working very hard lately. The Raiders won three more games last week to extend their unbeaten streak to eight straight, including a 5-3 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in a rematch of last year's state championship game Tuesday, Jan. 8. They followed that up with a 4-0 shutout of Chippewa Falls Thursday, Jan. 10, before beating Green Bay Notre Dame 4-1 Saturday, Jan. 12.
Halfway through the Big Rivers Conference season, the Raider boys' basketball team finds itself right in the mix for the BRC title. Hudson picked up a pair of huge wins last week, beating Menomonie 73-68 in overtime Tuesday, Jan. 8, on the road before posting a come-from-behind 85-72 victory at home over Rice Lake Friday, Jan. 11. The two victories leaves the Raiders in a four-way tie for first place in the BRC with River Falls, Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial at the midpoint of the conference schedule.
The Hudson gymnastics team is having a very good year. The Raiders are 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference competition and have taken first place in every tournament they've attended. The latest came Saturday, Jan. 12, when they posted a season-high score of 138.55 to win the River Falls Winter Wonderland Invitational. Chisago Lakes placed second at the 11-team event with 137.125 while host River Falls was third with 136.4.
The sixth-ranked Raider girls' hockey team extended its winning streak to five games with a pair of blowout victories over Chippewa Falls and Onalaska last week. The Raider blanked Chippewa Falls 7-0 Thursday, Jan. 10, in Chippewa Falls to remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Rivers Conference. They posted an 8-0 win over Onalaska Saturday, Jan. 12, at home to improve to 8-6-0 overall. Sydney Hendricks and Nikki Olund had two goals and an assist each and Quinn Winkoski had a goal and two assists in the Raiders 7-0 win Thursday in Chippewa Falls.