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 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.
Sophia Jonas scored 19 points and Lauren Stolzman had 13 as the Raider girls' basketball team remained tied for second place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 48-33 road victory at Rice Lake Friday, Jan. 11. The victory was the second straight for Hudson in conference play and kept them tied for second place with Menomonie, both at 4-2, two games behind Chippewa Falls. The Raiders improved to 7-4 overall and will host Eau Claire Memorial (2-4, 6-7) this Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:15 p.m.
Both the Hudson Raidaires JV and varsity teams claimed championships at the 25th annual Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition held at Hudson High School Saturday, Jan. 12. Schools from the Big Rivers, Dunn-St. Croix and Middle Border conferences competed for the title of conference champions. The varsity Raidaires held on to their title of conference champs with their award-winning performances in Jazz and Hip Hop.
Hudson senior Bailee Dierks, center, is flanked by her parents Jason, left, and Missy after signing her National Letter of Intent to run track at North Dakota State University Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the high school. Dierks is a three-time state qualifier in the hurdles and as a member of the Raider girls' 4x200 meter relay teams, earning a total of five medals, including a state runner-up finish in the 100 meter hurdles as a sophomore in 2017. Photo courtesy of Hudson High School
Both the Hudson boys' and girls' hockey teams posted Big Rivers Conference shutouts Thursday night, Jan. 10, to extend their respective unbeaten streaks. Hudson's boys avenged an early season loss to Chippewa Falls with a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals at Gornick Arena while the Raider girls beat Chippewa Falls/Menomonie 7-0 on the road. Hudson's boys extended their unbeaten streak to seven straight games while it was the fourth straight win for the girls.
Twenty-two high school dance teams will compete on Saturday, Jan.12, at the Hudson High School East Gym for the title of conference champion at the 25th annual Western Wisconsin Conference Competition. Teams from three conferences—Middle Border, Dunn-St. Croix and Big Rivers—will be on hand, including both the Hudson Raidaires varsity and JV squads. Both teams will be dancing between 1-3 p.m. with many Hudson solos and duets in the morning. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. and general admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchases at the door.
Three games in three days on opposite sides of the state is a challenge for any team. Except the Hudson girls' hockey team. The Raiders not only won all three of their games last week, they beat the defending state champs in Eau Claire and went 2-0 at the Girls High School Hockey Classic in Milwaukee in the process.
If you want to be in the conference title hunt you have to defend your home court. And the Raider girls' basketball team did just that in its first game of the new year Saturday, Jan. 5 with a 51-40 victory over Menomonie to move into a tie in the loss column with the Mustangs for second place. The win moved Hudson to 3-2 in the Big Rivers Conference (6-4 overall), while Menomonie slipped to 4-2. Chippewa Falls sits atop the conference standings with a mark of 5-0.
The Hudson boys' swimming and diving team accomplished a lot in less than 24 hours last week. The Raiders remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition by sweeping River Falls and Superior in a double dual Friday, Jan. 4, before taking home a title from the 15-team Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 5. The Raiders defeated River Falls 72-27 and Superior 74-23 Friday night at the middle school while swimming the final two events of the night as exhibitions.