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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Sydney Hendricks racked up four goals and an assist, Mallory Thompson tallied two goals and the Raider defense held Rochester Mayo to just one shot as the Hudson girls' hockey team opened the season with a 7-0 victory Friday night, Nov. 16, at Gornick Arena.
Madison—University of Wisconsin-La Crosse senior Sadie Kroll of Hudson has been named a co-recipient of the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Award. Kroll shares the award with UW-Platteville's Johanna Meister. Kroll is the eighth student-athlete in UWL history to be honored as the WIAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete, including the third straight. Elizabeth Frick earned the award in 2016 and Kaitlyn McDaniel in 2017.
The Raider football team may have come up one win short of its goal of a Big Rivers Conference title this season, but the challenges it presented to opponents didn't go unnoticed by the conference coaches. Eleven Raiders have been named to 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference teams, led by repeat first team selections Keyser Helterbrand, Cody Cicha and Jacob Daulton. Helterbrand shared BRC Player of the Year honors with fellow quarterback Logan Graetz of River Falls while Cicha was named to the first team at linebacker and Daulton at defensive back.
The Hudson Squirt A hockey team kicked off its season with a second place finish at the 2018 Yooper Classic Tournament in Marquette, Mich., the weekend of Nov. 9-11. Team members include, front row from left, Chase Monahan, Henry Kullman, Anthony Radke, Willy Fischer, and Willam Mauer. Second row, Jack Skaar, Gunnar Conboy, Tate Ertle, Erin Madigan, Spencer Bullis, Logan DeStasio, Jack Kirkevold, and Henry Steele. In back are coaches Tim Conboy, Mike Spychalla, Ryan Bullis. Photo courtesy of Heidi Bullis
Senior libero Olivia Goulette earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors for the second straight season and juniors Noelle Kiltie and Kaitlyn Zignego were honored for the first time when the 2018 All-BRC volleyball teams were announced by the conference last week. Goulette and Kiltie were both named to the all-conference second team while Zignego received honorable mention.
Women's hoops splits openers Strong bench play helped the UW-River Falls women's basketball team erase an 11-point first quarter deficit and go on to a 73-67 win over Gustavus Adolphus in its season opener Friday night, Nov. 9, at Don Page Arena. Saturday the Falcons couldn't hold one to a six-point lead late and fell 55-53 to Lakeland University in Plymouth.
The Hudson High School girls cross country team celebrated the end its season and
Wednesday, Nov. 14, marked the initial signing date for high school seniors who have made their college decision and are ready to sign a National Letter of Intent, and four Hudson High School student-athletes did just that during a ceremony in the school's fitness center. From left, Karina Gilson will be heading to Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. to play soccer, Cale Blinkman will attend the University of Minnesota for swimming, Shane Blinkman will swim at Stanford University, and Sean Barnard will attend the University of Iowa for baseball.
A lot of players need to step up in order to win a conference championship. That fact was reaffirmed when the conference coaches picked their 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference teams, with eight members of the BRC champion Hudson Raiders named to the squad. Junior midfielder Kolton Prater was named BRC Co-Player of the Year along with Eau Claire Memorial goalkeeper Tyler Hansen, and was joined on the all-conference first team by senior defender/midfielder Luke Johnson and junior defender Cole Ober.
Senior Trenton Monson became UW-River Falls' all-time receiving leader and senior Alex Herink tied the school record for most touchdown catches in a season, but the Falcon football team came up short in its bid for a season-ending win with a 39-25 loss to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 10, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The loss dropped the Falcons into a three-way tie for fifth place with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville in the final WIAC standings at 2-5 each. UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-4 to finish tied with UW-Stout for fourth place.