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 Silver sixth grade boys basketball team took first place at the Kennedy Invitational Tournament in Bloomington, Minn. Jan 6-7. Team members include, front row from left, Ethan Hinz, Tate Magnuson, Jack LaBlanc, Drew Benson and Landon Zeuli. Second row, Lynden Coleman, Vincent Langenohl, Sam LaBlanc, Lucas Wieczorek, Ben Stigler and Kean Scott. In back are coaches Dave Benson, Dave Langenohl, Paul Wieczorek. Submitted photo
The Raider girls basketball team posted a pair of victories last week, including its first win at Eau Claire Memorial in nine years, to extend its winning streak to three games for the first time this season. The Raiders hadn't won more than two games in a row all year, but following a 16-point victory over Rice Lake Jan. 6, they routed St. Paul Highland Park, 64-25, last Tuesday, Jan. 9, before pulling away for a big conference road win at Eau Claire Memorial, 53-40, Friday, Jan. 12.
The Raider gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 132.725 to finish fourth at the 12-team River Falls Invitational Saturday, Jan. 13. Host River Falls won the team title with a score of 139.375 followed by Chisago Lakes with 138.375 and St. Francis (Minn.) wit 137.4. Hudson took fourth ahead of fifth place Menomonie's score of 129.45.
The top-ranked boys hockey team picked up a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins over Chippewa Falls and River Falls last week before beating No. 8 Waukesha, 3-0, in its annual Cancer Awareness Game Saturday, Jan. 20, at Gornick Arena.
After three overnight trips in three weekends, the Raider wrestling team got to stay closer to home last weekend and posted a 2-1 record to take second at the Stillwater Pony Stampede Saturday, Jan. 13. The eight-team tournament featured five ranked teams in their respective states, including Hudson, who is ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin Division 1 and was seeded second at the tournament. The Raiders defeated Eagan, 40-29, and host Stillwater, 42-36, with their lone loss coming by a 46-21 score to Minnesota's 11th-ranked and tournament top seed Cambridge-Isanti.
The Raider boys swimming and diving team's depth was on full display Friday, Jan. 5 as it remained undefeated against Big Rivers Conference opponents by sweeping River Falls and Superior in a double dual meet in Superior. The Raiders swept the top three spots in two events and took at least two of the top five positions in eight other races to beat the Wildcats, 176-69 and the Spartans, 204-42.
The race for the Big Rivers Conference boys basketball title is shaping up to be a dogfight, and Hudson is right in the thick of things. Midway through the conference schedule, six of the seven teams are within one game of each other including the Raiders, who at 3-3 are tied with Eau Claire Memorial and Chippewa Falls behind River Falls, Eau Claire North and Ricke Lake, all tied for the tp spot at 4-2.
The top-ranked Hudson girls hockey team scored four power play goals, including three in the third period, to defeat the St. Croix Valley Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central), 5-1, in a battle of state-ranked Big Rivers Conference rivals Thursday, Jan. 11, in River Falls. The Raiders followed that up with a 7-0 shutout victory over Onalaska in the team's annual Cancer Awareness Fundraising Game Saturday, Jan. 13, at Gornick Arena.
The Raider gymnasts posted a team score of 127.45 in a Big Rivers Conference double dual in Superior Friday, Jan. 5, which was good enough to beat the host Spartans' total of 109.075 but finish second to River Falls' 131.375. Caroline Erickson led Hudson's effort with a second place score of 33.15 in the all-around competition. Erickson took second on the balance beam with 8.2, third in the floor exercise with 8.5, third in the vault with 8.425 and fourth on the uneven bars with 8.025. Teammate Emma O'Neill was third on bars with 8.175.
The Raider girls basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak in a big way by defeating Rice Lake, 54-38, Saturday, Jan. 6, to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Rivers Conference with Rice Lake and Menomonie. Hudson's last victory came at Menomonie Dec. 19. Since then they dropped a nonconference game to D.C. Everest and two games at the Marshfield Holiday Tournament over the break. Last Saturday's win over the Warriors boosted their record to 5-7 overall, 3-2 in BRC play.