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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Four Raiders scored in double figures and all 10 players who saw action scored at least two points as the Hudson boys’ basketball team routed Menomonie 74-47 for its ninth straight victory Thursday night, Feb. 14 in Hudson. The win kept the Raiders one game ahead of River Falls in the Big Rivers Conference with two league games remaining. The Raiders and Wildcats will meet in the last game of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 23, in River Falls.
Hudson boys' swimming and diving coach Ross Campbell admits the last few weeks have been a blur. The Raiders followed up their first Big Rivers Conference title by winning the WIAA Division 1 sectional Saturday, Feb. 9, in Wisconsin Rapids, winning five of the meet's 12 events while sending eight individuals and all three relay teams to state. Campbell said he's still trying to soak it all in.
Boys Hockey Feb. 14 WIAA Regional H 7:30 Feb. 18 WIAA Sectional semifinal H TBA
Both the Raider boys and girls hockey teams moved on to the sectional round of the WIAA playoffs by winning their respective regional finals in a doubleheader at Gornick Arena Thursday night, Feb. 14. The Raider girls took care of Superior, 11-2 in the first game before the boys’ shut out Somerset 7-0 in the nightcap.
It looks like the River Falls football team will be putting on a lot of miles beginning with the 2020 season, and head coach David Crail isn't happy about it. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association released its final recommendation for a football-only conference realignment plan last week that would move the Wildcats out of the Big Rivers Conference and into the Mississippi Valley Conference beginning with the 2020 season. The WIAA Board of Control is expected to approve the plan at its March 1 meeting.
Matthew Feia, Leo Draveling and Logan Hatch headline a list of ten Hudson wrestlers who qualified for next weekend's sectional tournament at the WIAA Division 1 regional Saturday, Feb. 9 in Chippewa Falls. Feia, Draveling and Hatch all won individual titles as the Raiders finished second overall at the eight-team regional. River Falls claimed the team title with 228 points and Hudson was second with 214 while Menomonie finished third with 174.5.
Eau Claire Memorial scored the final three goals of the game to hand Hudson a 4-1 loss in a Big Rivers Conference boys' hockey game Friday, Feb. 8, in Eau Claire. The Raiders outshot the Old Abes 11-6 in the first period but the game was scoreless until Memorial's Austin Kamitz scored 3 minutes, 31 seconds into the second period.
Hudson wrestling coach Chris Hansen didn't want to read too much into his team's 42-36 victory over East Ridge in the Raider's final dual match of the season Thursday night, Jan. 31, in Woodbury, but he did see some things he liked. “East Ridge is ranked No. 12 in Class AAA in Minnesota so this was a real nice win,” he said. “Neither team was at full strength so it is hard to gain any insight from that but still a nice win.”
Boys Hockey Feb. 7 Eau Claire Memorial A 5:00 Feb. 9 University School A 3:00
The Hudson boys' hockey team made quick work of Menomonie Thursday night, Jan. 31, at Gornick Arena, routing the Mustangs 10-0 to improve to 7-3-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, 13-6-1 overall. The Raiders played penalty-free hockey while scoring four goals in the first period and three in the second to institute a running clock. Hudson goalie AJ Cohen registered his third shutout of the season as the Raiders outshot the Mustangs 34-15 to keep them winless in the BRC at 0-10-0 (6-15-0 overall).