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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One of the biggest challenges the Raider boys' basketball team presented to opposing teams this season was who to key on. The Raiders had four players average in double figures on their way to their first Big Rivers Conference championship since 2009. Now, all four have been named to All-BRC teams by the conference coaches. Senior Keyser Helterbrand was named to the five-player first team and senior Jacob Daulton earned second team honors while senor Landen Bilse and sophomore Luke Healy received honorable mention.
Senior defenseman Carter Maack, senior forward Cole Danielson and junior forward Peyton Hanson, were named to 2018-19 All-Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey teams by the conference coaches last week. Maack earned a spot on the All-BRC First Team and Danielson was named to the second team while Hanson received honorable mention.
The Mako Aquatics swimmers crowned four individual champions and one championship relay team at the 2019 Minnesota Short Course State Championships at the University of Minnesota March 7-10. The Mako Aquatics boys' 13-14 team won the AA division title while the overall team finished sixth out of 45 teams in the AA division.
"We're still fighting the fight." That was River Falls' activities director Rollie Hall's assessment after the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted in support of a statewide football-only conference realignment plan from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association at its monthly meeting March 1.
Hudson High School graduate Kady Kochendorfer's school record triple jump for the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds at the WIAC Championships Feb. 23 landed her a spot in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Boston.
Hudson Middle School 8th grader Chase Raven is headed to Colorado this week to represent Team Afton and Hudson at the 2019 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Rocky/Central U14 Championships at Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. It's the second straight year Raven had qualified for the U14 Central Championships. He will be competing in Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Duals.
Senior Sydney Hendricks headlines a list of five Hudson players named to 2018-19 All-Big Rivers Conference teams by the conference coaches. Hendricks shared BRC Player of the Year honors with fellow first team pick Charlotte Akervik of the Eau Claire Area Stars. Sophomore forward Nikki Olund was named to the All-BRC Second Team while junior goalie Alayna Kunshier, junior forward Quinn Winkoski and senior forward Dani Robson received honorable mention.
Neenah’s Max Klesmit banked in a 15-foot shot from the elbow with 1.7 seconds left to give the Rockets a 68-66 victory over Hudson in a WIAA sectional final Sunday. March 10 in Wisconsin Rapids.
Keyser Helterbrand hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining and Landen Bilse scored off a turnover with 8 seconds left to give the third-seeded Raiders a 75-72 victory over No. 2 Appleton West in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Thursday night, March 7, in Marshfield.
Sophomore Sophia Jonas, junior Lauren Stolzman and sophomore Audrey Hatfield represent Hudson on 2018-19 All-Big Rivers Conference basketball teams, the conference announced last week. Jonas earned a spot on the first team and Stolzman was named to the second team while Hatfield received honorable mention.