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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The Hudson boys' swimming and diving team has high hopes of ending Eau Claire Memorial's 30-year grip on the Big Rivers Conference title this season, and it took the first step towards that mission with a resounding 105-65 dual victory over Menomonie in its season opener Tuesday, Nov. 27. Hudson took at least the top two spots in eight of the first nine events before swimming the final three races as exhibitions with the outcome already in hand.
After three straight state tournament appearances and back-to-back state championships, is there pressure on the Raider boys' hockey team heading into the 2018-19 season? "I think there always is here (in Hudson)" head coach Brooks Lockwood said. "We have a great association and great feeder program. The kids grow up playing the Minnesota competition and it's good for them, so when they play here they're expected to have success."
Lisa Witt didn't know what to think when her 12 year-old son, Ian, asked for an iPod so he could listen to music and go for runs. "He's never been that excited about running around in a circle on a track," she said. "But he's always watched his sister run and goes to her meets. So at the end of the summer we got him some headphones and he started going out on his runs."
Hudson junior Kolton Prater, the 2018 Big Rivers Conference Co-Player of the Year, is the only BRC player named to the 42-player All-State team voted on by members of the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and released Friday, Nov. 16. Prater earned All-BRC first team honors for the second straight year this season leading the Raiders in scoring with 13 goals and 18 assists. The only other area player named to the WSCA All-State Team was Baldwin-Woodville senior Jacek Nickowski.
Hudson High School senior Logan Hatch recently returned from Sweden after taking home silver at the Malercupen Wrestling Tournament, one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in Europe. The tournament hosted 900 wrestlers from 13 countries in Vasteras, Sweden, Nov. 3-4. Hatch wrestled in the 65 kilogram bracket, which included 31 UWW Cadet wrestlers. All in all, he went 5-2 in seven matches to win his pool and secure a spot in the finals to earn silver for Team USA.
UW-River Falls senior wide receiver Alex Herink was named to the 2018 All-WIAC Football Second Team, one of 10 UW-RF players honored by the WIAC, the conference announced Thursday, Nov. 15.
Sydney Hendricks racked up four goals and an assist, Mallory Thompson tallied two goals and the Raider defense held Rochester Mayo to just one shot as the Hudson girls' hockey team opened the season with a 7-0 victory Friday night, Nov. 16, at Gornick Arena.
Madison—University of Wisconsin-La Crosse senior Sadie Kroll of Hudson has been named a co-recipient of the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Award. Kroll shares the award with UW-Platteville's Johanna Meister. Kroll is the eighth student-athlete in UWL history to be honored as the WIAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete, including the third straight. Elizabeth Frick earned the award in 2016 and Kaitlyn McDaniel in 2017.
The Raider football team may have come up one win short of its goal of a Big Rivers Conference title this season, but the challenges it presented to opponents didn't go unnoticed by the conference coaches. Eleven Raiders have been named to 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference teams, led by repeat first team selections Keyser Helterbrand, Cody Cicha and Jacob Daulton. Helterbrand shared BRC Player of the Year honors with fellow quarterback Logan Graetz of River Falls while Cicha was named to the first team at linebacker and Daulton at defensive back.
The Hudson Squirt A hockey team kicked off its season with a second place finish at the 2018 Yooper Classic Tournament in Marquette, Mich., the weekend of Nov. 9-11. Team members include, front row from left, Chase Monahan, Henry Kullman, Anthony Radke, Willy Fischer, and Willam Mauer. Second row, Jack Skaar, Gunnar Conboy, Tate Ertle, Erin Madigan, Spencer Bullis, Logan DeStasio, Jack Kirkevold, and Henry Steele. In back are coaches Tim Conboy, Mike Spychalla, Ryan Bullis. Photo courtesy of Heidi Bullis