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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Jason Nell has coached baseball in a lot of places in the last 20-plus years, from Somerset and River Falls to Dubuque and Estherville, Iowa. And through all that time his wife, the former Lisa Olson of Hudson, has followed him wherever he went. Until last year. "Finally one day I said you know what; you apply for a job and if you get it I'll move," Nell said. "She's a teacher and she applied for a job in White Bear Lake, she gets an interview and they hire her for the following season in a span of one week. So I said. OK, I guess we're moving."
Hudson's boys' hockey team won its third state title in program history and first since 2004 with a 2-1 victory over Waukesha North in the the WIAA State Championship game Saturday, March 4, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Raiders got power play goals from George Nuutinen and Chase Blackmun and goalie Anthony Howard made 19 saves, including eight in the third period with the game on the line.
Aaron Grounds, Dan Lienemann, George Nuutinen and Cole Danielson each scored a goal and Anthony Howard recorded his fourth straight postseason shutout as the Raider boy's hockey team blanked Eau Claire Memorial, 4-0, in a WIAA State Hockey quarterfinal game Thursday, night, March 2, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
There will be plenty of Hudson wrestling fans in Madison the next two weekends. Six Raiders will compete at the WIAA Individual State Championships this weekend at the Kohl Center before the Raiders make their second straight trip to the WIAA State Team Championships at the UW Fieldhouse March 4-5.
Eight-year-old Auden Pankonin of Hudson aspires to be a champion. That desire helped him meet one less than two weeks ago. Pankonin’s entry in the U.S. Ski Team’s #WhatMakesAChamp contest...
It’s safe to say no other town in the state, or the country for that matter, has had a spring and summer of baseball as exciting as River Falls has. The magical season continued this Sunday, Aug. 2, when the Post 121 senior team defeated Shawano, 14-4, to win the American Legion U19 State Championship.
In a deep field featuring five state-ranked teams, the Raider wrestlers came out on top at the 12-team Big Rivers Conference/Dunn/St. Croix Conference Challenge last Saturday in River Falls. Hudson crowned three individual champions and had seven semifinalists on its way to winning its tenth BRC/DSC Challenge title in the 13-year history of the tournament.
Comcast is broadcasting the 2014 Wisconsin State High School Football Championships available to Wisconsin area customers Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21. The games can be seen on Educational Access channel 6 in Hudson, North Hudson, River Falls and Troy Township; Prescott customers can watch the games on Educational Access channel 16. According to the WIAA, here is a listing of the championship games: CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE: Thursday, Nov. 20 10 a.m. Div. 7 Owen-Withee (12-1) vs. Pepin/Alma (13-0) 1 p.m.Div. 6 St. Mary’s Springs (13-0) vs. Darlington (12-1) 4 p.m. Div.
Wildcat senior Annie Frisbie won the WIAA Division state cross country individual championship with a time of 17 minutes, 59.4 seconds at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Nov. 1. Frisbie’s title came in the first 5,000 meter girls’ race in WIAA state championship history. Since the WIAA began sponsoring girls cross country in 1975, every championship race had been run on a 4,000 meter course. The race was delayed an hour due to frost on the course in Wisconsin Rapids, but once it began Frisbie ran out to an early lead, covering the opening mile in 5:39.
For the first time in the 65-year history of the Wisconsin Baseball Association, the WBA state champion will be crowned in River Falls later this month. Thirty-two teams begin the quest for a state title at four different sites across the state this weekend, Aug. 8-10, including brand new First National Bank of River Falls Field at Hoffman Park. The new ballpark will also host the 8-team WBA finals Aug. 15-17. The River Falls Fighting Fish are among the final 32 teams and will kick off the WBA semifinal round this Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m.