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 Football Program is excited to announce its 18th annual ABC Football Camp, along with its third annual Raider Pride Football Camp. These camps offer an excellent environment for developing individual skills, techniques and attitudes at a high intensity level, while still offering a great deal of fun, motivation and excitement for Hudson football and its players. The ABC Football Camp is for athletes in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The Raider Pride Football Camp is for athletes in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
Augustana College senior MacKay Potter of Hudson earned the Vikings' lacrosse team's Ground Ball Award after winning 163 of 288 (.556) faceoffs this season, the school announced Monday, June 11. Potter is the Vikings' career record holder with 153 ground balls and has taken (876) and won (446) more faceoffs than any player in program history. His .509 career faceoff percentage ranks fourth all-time at Augustana, as do his 63 career games played.
Luke Naughton would make his grandpa proud. The River Falls High School sophomore is one of just 24 athletes from across the country to be invited to the Scholastic Clay Target Program's USA Junior Olympic Development Camp for shooting sports in Colorado Springs May 23-28. And it's all because he liked to tag along and watch his grandpa shoot when he was just a toddler.
Nellie (Sivertsen) Oothoudt, a three-time All-WIAC soccer player at UW-Stout and 1999 graduate of River Falls High School, was inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame, April 21. Sivertsen was the first UW-Stout three-time All-WIAC first team soccer selection, earning the honors in 1999, 2001 and 2002. She is Stout's all-time goals scoring leader with 44, is second in points with 104 and 11th in assists with 16.
After dropping a 7-5 nonconference decision at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, the Raider softball team regained its winnings ways with Big Rivers Conference doubleheader sweeps of Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North sandwiched around a 6-4 nonconference victory at Superior. The Raiders combined for seven home runs in their five wins, including four by Paige Meyer.
The River Falls Youth Hockey Association is offering a free learn to skate program this fall. All boys and girls 4-7 years old in the River Falls, Ellsworth and Prescott school districts that haven't skated with RFYHA before are eligible. Lessons will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 24-Nov. 18. There is no previous skating experience requirement and all equipment provided by RFYHA is free of cost. The first 30 boys and girls to register are guaranteed a spot and equipment use. Pre-register to reserve a space at rfhockey.com/learntoskate.
Seventy-nine year-old Paul Wright attended the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club's very first Youth Day in 1950. "And he wasn't even in the young kids group," Dave Lowe quipped. Wright and Lowe were two of 30 current club members who volunteered to supervise and instruct around 150 kids between the ages of 7-15 at this year's 68th annual Youth Day on the club's 108-acre grounds in North Hudson Saturday, April 28.
Playing in the National Football League is a dream come true for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. But he'll always cherish his time in high school. That's the message Thielen opened with when he spoke to about 185 River Falls High School student-athletes in the school's gym Thursday, April 12. "I love talking to this age group of kids because I miss those days," Thielen said. "Those are the times and those are the memories that you remember the most from your athletic career, on and off the field, with your friends and your teammates."
How does a softball team practice when it can't even get outside? "We've had to be creative to come up with ideas to keep the momentum going in the gym," River Falls coach Jess Olson said. "This week we will be sliding and diving on sleeping bags to simulate being in the dirt. With being inside, it's very challenging to keep practice engaging, and to keep girls focused on the goal set earlier in the season, with the future looking so bleak and unpredictable, due to weather."
Despite losing nine seniors, including six starters, from last year's squad that finished second in the Big Rivers Conference, and having no seniors on the roster this season, Hudson girls' soccer coach Steve Sollom has plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the 2018 season. "We will be young this season," he noted. "Having said that, the cupboard is certainly not bare."