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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Kaiya Sundeen went 4-for-7 with a double, home run, six RBI and four runs scored as the Hudson softball team opened the season by sweeping Menomonie, 14-3 and 8-2, in a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 24, on the Hudson High School field. Sundeen's three-run home run in the opener highlighted a 10-run fourth inning to break the game open for the Raiders. She finished 3-for-3 in the win with four RBI and three runs scored.
Senior Lexi LeFever won two events and finished second in another, and junior Bailee Dierks, sophomore Rachel Ball and senior Emma Newman claimed one individual title each to lead the Hudson girls to a first-place team finish at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle Track and Field Invitational Friday, April 20, at UW-River Falls' Knowles Fieldhouse.
This hasn't been an ideal spring for high school athletes, and that's why the Raider boys tennis team was thrilled to finally play outside at the Oconomowoc Quad Saturday, April 21. Actually, Oconomowoc wasn't even able to host its own tournament because of last weekend's snowstorm, so the event was moved to nearby Sussex Hamilton High School, where the Raiders posted a record of 1-1 in the great outdoors. To complicate matters, Hudson was limited to just 11 of its top 20 varsity players when the rest stayed home for Saturday's high school prom.
Hudson Raider Clay Target Team Week of April 15-21 The Hudson Raider Clay Target Team came out on top over the Baldwin-Woodville Sport Shooting Team. The varsity squad posted an impressive 122/125 score with two perfect rounds by Ben Diethert and Jordan Persinger. Next week the Raiders face the Amery Warrior Shooting Club. Collegiate Athlete Score Bradyn Lundquist 22 Noah Haslup 19 Collegiate Total 41 Senior/Varsity Ben Diethert 25 Jordan Persinger 25 Joshua Ochocki 24 Nathan Madison 24
The Hudson girls soccer team had to do a little improvising to get its Big Rivers Conference game with Menomonie last Thursday. And the improvisation carried over once the game started. The Raiders and Mustangs met on Hudson's turf practice field after the game was moved from Menomonie to Hudson due to unplayable conditions in Menomonie. But Hudson's Raider Stadium still had too much snow remaining on it from the weekend blizzard, resulting in the teams meeting on the snow-free practice field on the northwest corner of the high school campus.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the Hudson Raiders as the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament. Other winners of the prestigious sportsmanship recognition for the winter state tournaments are Valders in boys basketball, Marshall in girls basketball, D.C. Everest Co-op in girls hockey, and Ellsworth in team wrestling.
UW-River Falls' freshman forward Callie Hoff of Hermantown, Minn. has been named the USCHO women's D-III rookie of the year. Hoff led all NCAA Division III freshmen in goals (20) and points (37) and was second in assists (17). Not only did she lead all rookies in scoring, she was 15 points clear of the nearest freshman. She ended the season 13th in the country in goals scored. Only two other freshman that even cracked the top 40 in national scoring.
MADISON--The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced last week that Northland College will be joining the WIAC as an affiliate member in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey effective with the 2019-20 academic year. With the addition of Northland College, which is located in Ashland, Wis., the WIAC will have six institutions sponsoring men's ice hockey and five institutions sponsoring women's ice hockey to include current conference members UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout (men only), UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior.
Hudson’s girls’ soccer team finally took to the pitch for its first match of the season Thursday, April 12, and the result was a 2-0 victory over Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire North on the artificial turf at Raider Stadium in Hudson. Marly Johnston scored Hudson’s first goal of the season five minutes into the contest, assisted by Maddie Danielson, before Danielson found the back of the net 10 minutes later with an assist from Cam Masini.
Senior Lexi LeFever won a pair of events and senior Kady Kochendorfer and sophomore Rachel Ball claimed one individual title each to lead the Raider girls track and field team to a first place finish at the 20-team UW-Stout Elite Meet Friday, April 6, at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. Hudson's girls totaled 93 points to capture the team title, 30 points ahead of second place River Falls. Prior Lake was third with 58. River Falls won the boys' championship with 97 points and White Bear Lake was second with 87.5 while Hudson was eighth with 22.