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 race for the Big Rivers Conference boys' soccer title could be a lot clearer, or a lot more muddled, by the end of the week.
Booters open WIAC play 2-0 The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field. UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday. Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.
The Raider volleyball team evened its Big Rivers Conference record at 2-2 with a three-set victory at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 27, before placing fourth overall at the 9-team Mora Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29. Hudson defeated Menomonie by scores of 25-8, 25-11, 25-22 Thursday to move to .500 in BRC play. "Overall it was a very solidly played match for us," head coach Dennis Saathoff said. "We took advantage of our opportunities to score and we didn't get into any situations where we gave up big runs of points."
Hudson will be sending three singles players and a doubles team to the WIAA Sectional this week in Eau Claire following subsectional play Monday, Oct. 1, in Menomonie. Ella Diedrich, at No. 1 singles, Sophia Jonas at No. 2 and Lauren Stolzman at No. 3 all advanced and will be joined by the No. 3 doubles team of Morgan Miller and Rose Giblin. Diedrich needed to win just one match at No. 1 singles to move on and did just that, taking care of Madisen Myer of Superior, 6-0, 6-0.
Tyler Grosz of Hudson competed in the Eau Claire Superset Level 6 USTA tennis tournament held at the John and Fay Menard YMCA Tennis Center, Sep. 22. Each match was an 8 game pro set. Grosz, seeded number one, won four matches (8-1, 8-0, 8-4, 8-2) to capture the title, defeating two conference foes from Eau Claire Memorial, who were seeded No. 2 and No. 3, in the semifinals and finals to capture the title. Submitted photo
The Hudson cross country teams ran in one of the biggest meets in the nation Saturday, Sept. 29, with the boys placing 17th out of 55 teams and the girls 40th out of 49 in the Gold Division of the University of Minnesota's 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights. One of the largest meets in the country, the Griak features six collegiate races and four high school races.
The Hudson 12U Fall softball team took second place in the Minnesota Tier 1 State Tournament Saturday, Sept. 29, in Eden Prairie. Team members include, front row from left, McKenna Huset, Lauren Ledbury, and Lauren Fine. Back row, Maddie Schwab, Isabel Carlson, coach Brian Schwab, Ella Carstensen, Sydnee Schaben, coach Jodee Schaben, Makena Maddigan, Faith Bonse, coach Terry Huset, Mel Susa, coach Jon Susa, Madisyn Parker, and Brynn Hayes. Submitted photo
Hudson sophomore Paige Hillman shot a round of 88 at Monday's WIAA sectional tournament at New Richmond, just two strokes shy of earning the third and final individual qualifying spot for next week's WIAA State Tournament in Madison. Hillman and senior Lauren Gertschen were the only two Raiders to advance out of last Wednesday's regional tournament in Superior as Hudson finished fifth overall, just short of earning one of the four team qualifying positions.
Croix Attack / Hudson Volleyball Association will be hosting tryouts for the upcoming season in the next two months. Tryouts for 12's, 13's, and 14's Junior Olympic teams will be will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hudson Prairie Elementary School gym. 14's will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 13's will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 12's will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hudson High School junior varsity volleyball team took first place at its home invitational Saturday, Sept. 22, at the middle school. Team members include, in front, Carolynn McMahon and Brie Daulton. Middle row, coach Pete Galuska, Camryn Helterbrand, Belle Blakey, Libby Neels, Brenna Lundberg, and Olivia Hall. Back row, Maya Susa, Jade Sharretts, Megan Schmidtknecht, Carly Tersteeg, and Marisa Gunderson. Submitted photo