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 Saint Patrick School seventh and eighth grade volleyball team took second place at the Saint Agnes Volleyball Tournament the weekend of Sept. 22. Team members include, front row from left, Lauren Goulette, Lauren Pieple, Grace Cook, and Alyssa Miller. Back row, coach Liberty Siwik, Sophie Madigan, Estelle Siwik, Leah Jacobi, Anna Walters, Abby Emmerling and coach Emily Pottratz. Not pictured are Leah Mitchell and Abby Winkels. Submitted photo
Jeff Cogbill wasn't sure what game the kids were playing when he came across them on a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cancun. "I was driving around the back of the island," he recalled. "A lot of people don't get in their golf carts and drive back there. But there's people living in shacks. And I saw kids with stick and rocks and I finally realized they were trying to play baseball."
River Falls is going to the WIAA playoffs for the first time in a decade while Hudson will make its third straight postseason appearance after both teams posted Big Rivers Conference road victories Friday night, Sept. 28. The Raiders defeated Rice Lake, 34-18 and River Falls beat Chippewa Falls, 34-21, to stay tied for first place in the BRC with Menomonie, all at 4-1 in conference play (6-1 overall).
Paige Hillman and Lauren Gertschen both earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors and the Raider girls' golf team moved up to spots from last year's final standings to finish third in the BRC this year after the BRC Tournament Friday, Sept. 21, in Menomonie.
The Raider volleyball team just couldn't get over the hump in its Big Rivers Conference match against Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the middle school. The Raiders played well in every set but came away with a loss by scores of 25-23, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-20. "It was an odd night in that we led in every set but we couldn't maintain the momentum to close them out," head coach Dennis Saathoff said. "We certainly did some good things both on offense and defense, with three girls in double digits for digs."
After playing eight matches in the previous two weeks, the Raider boys' soccer team only got one match in last week, but it was a winner with an 8-2 victory at River Falls Tuesday, Sept. 18. Last Thursday's home match with Eau Claire North was rained out and will be made up Monday, Oct. 8. That means the Raiders will have a full week off before returning to action Tuesday, Sept. 25, at New Richmond. Tuesday at River Falls, Conner Johnson tallied a hat trick to help the Raiders remain unbeaten in Big Rivers Conference play at 6-0.
The race for the Big Rivers Conference football title just got a lot tighter. Menomonie rallied from a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter at Hudson Friday, Sept. 21, to score the game-winning touchdown with 2:48 remaining and hand the Raiders their first loss of the season, 20-17. The outcome leaves Hudson, Menomonie, River Falls and Rice Lake tied for the BRC lead at 3-1 each. The Raiders will travel to Rice Lake this Friday, Sept. 28.
All seven Hudson boys’ finished in the top 11 and all of Hudson’s girls’ placed in the top 20 as the Raiders cross country teams swept their home invitational Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the middle school. The Raider boys took five of the top six places to score a near-perfect 18 in the nine-team race. New Richmond was a distant second with 55 while Hastings was third with 87.
For the second straight week the UW-River Falls football team dug a hole it couldn't get out of, falling to Missouri Baptist, 38-28, on a sweltering afternoon at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Saturday, Sept. 15. Missouri Baptist raced out to a 24-7 second quarter lead before the Falcons pulled to within three, 31-28, with a touchdown and two-point conversion on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Despite the Raider volleyball team having to move its home opener to the middle school due to the ongoing construction at the high school, a good crowd turned out to cheer the team on against Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 13, and they were rewarded with a 3-1 Big Rivers Conference victory by the home team. The win was the second of the week for Hudson, coming two days after sweeping Baldwin-Woodville in a nonconference match at Baldwin.