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 gymnastics team earned a return trip to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Tournament after qualifying with a second place team finish at the Division 1 sectional meet at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Saturday, Feb. 24. The entire Raider team will compete in the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln while senior Taylor Owens and freshmen Paige Hillman and Caroline Erickson will compete in the state individual tournament the next day at the same site.
After defeating Fridley, Minn., 64-50, in the regular season finale for their sixth straight victory, Wildcat boys basketball coach Zac Campbell likes the way his team is playing heading into the postseason. "Having not lost a game in the past month, our boys have no reason to fear any team they match up against," he said. "We have shown through the course of the season that we can beat quality teams on the road and we will have to do that in back-to-back nights to get us to sectionals in our extremely talented region."
The Eau Claire Area Stars scored two goals in a three-minute span of the third period to erase a 3-2 St. Croix Valley Fusion lead and defeat the Fusion, 4-3, in a WIAA Section 1 girls hockey semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
The Hudson 5th grade Black traveling basketball team took first place in the Inver Grove Heights tournament Feb. 10-11. Team members include, in front row, from left, Aiden Jamieson, Henry Vandenbark, Sam Swavely, Will Pruzek and Hunter Oswald. Back row, coach Ryan Jamieson, Hunter Renstrom, Caden Gabriel, Logan Kollofski, Jackson Ouellette and coach Jason Swavely. Not pictured is Henry Reece. Photo courtesy of Erin Vandenbark
Junior Logan McLaughlin posted a pair of top ten finishes and senior Huck Boles placed sixth in diving to lead River Falls representatives at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. McLaughlin finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle while teaming up with senior John Augustin, sophomore Seth Larsen and senior Andrew Richardt for a ninth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Dylan Anderson felt bad when his roommate and good friend, Owen Webster, went down with a knee injury in November. But he's filled in admirably for Webster since as the 184-pound starter on the University of Minnesota wrestling team.
The Raider girls hockey team tuned up for the WIAA playoffs by beating a pair of ranked teams over the weekend, topping the 10th-ranked Warbirds (Beaver Dam co-op) 6-2 Friday, Feb. 9 and No. 7 Wisconsin Valley Union (Stevens Point co-op), 6-0, Saturday, Feb. 10. Hudson will take a record of 22-2-0 and the No. 1 ranking in the state into a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Gornick Arena against either fourth-seeded Hayward or the No. 5 Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset co-op). The sectional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, in Hudson.
After a disappointing one-point loss to last place UW-Stout Wednesday, Feb. 7, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team completed a season sweep of UW-Whitewater with a 76-66 victory Saturday, Feb. 10, at Page Arena to remain in contention for a home game in the first round of the WIAC Tournament beginning Feb. 21.
The River Falls Gymnastics Club Teams had outstanding showings in their last two meets. The teams traveled to Austin, Minn. for an 11-team invitational Jan. 27 and all three teams posted season high scores with a handful of individuals earning their highest all-around scores of the season. Team 1 Equinox scored 132.35 to place first in its division, Team 2 Eclipse scored 123.95 and Team 3 Super Novas scored 118.9 to place first in its division. On Jan. 21 the teams competed at in invitational in La Crosse with Team 1 placing first, Team 2 second and Team 3 first.
The Hudson High School Raidaires Dance Team took second place at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships in La Crosse Saturday, Feb. 3. The team made Raidaires history by placing second in both Division 1 Hip Hop and Division 1 Jazz, their highest placement ever in the Jazz division. Three Hudson dancers also competed in the solo division and all three—junior Chloe Hoff and seniors Lizzy Hughes and Jordy Nack—were named to the Wisconsin All-State Dance Team.