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 eighth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion scored three goals in the third period to post a 5-3 victory over No. 6 Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday night, Dec. 13, im Hudson. The Raiders took a 3-2 lead on a shorthanded goal by Sydney Hendricks 58 seconds into the third period but St. Croix Valley got a goal from Amber DeLong just before the end of the power play to tie the score.
The seventh-ranked Raider boys' hockey team outshot Eau Claire North 47-18 but went just 1-for-7 on the power play while giving up a pair of special teams goals in a 4-3 loss to the unranked Huskies Tuesday night, Dec. 11, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
Hudson girls' basketball coach Jessica Carney called it her team's best game of the season. Lauren Stolzman scored 16 points, Sophia Jonas had 14 points and three steals, and Livi Boily registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak with a 65-48 victory over River Falls Friday, Dec. 7, in River Falls.
The Hudson boys' swim and dive team posted eight first place finishes, including the first six races of the night, to defeat Chippewa Falls, 116-70 in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet in Chippewa Falls Thursday, Dec. 6. John Cooper Ramthun, Erik Small and Steven Asmus won two individual events each and were all part of two first place relay teams as the Raiders improved to 2-0 in BRC dual competition.
It's been a long time since the Hudson gymnastics team beat River Falls. But both the Raider varsity and JV teams did just that Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invitational. The Raider varsity beat River Falls by nearly three full points to capture the team title, finishing with a total score of 135.45 to the second place Wildcats' 132.975. Holmen was a distant third with 124.7. Individually, sophomore Paige Hillman won the all-around title with a total of 36.25 while classmate Caroline Erickson was fourth with 33.6.
Nikki Olund's third goal of the game 3 minutes, 9 seconds into overtime ended a see-saw battle and lifted the fifth-ranked Raider girls' hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Superior Saturday, Dec. 8, in Superior. Olund's game-winner came after the two teams played to a 3-3 tie by trading goals through the first two periods. Hudson goalie Alayna Kushiner made nine of her 16 saves in the third period to keep the game tied. Superior struck first 7:15 into the game but it took just 20 seconds for Olund to answer with an unassisted goal at 7:35.
There's always a buzz when River Falls and Hudson play each other, and that buzz was even louder Friday night, Dec. 7, when the Raiders hosted the Wildcats in their first game in Hudson's expansive new gym. But River Falls spoiled the Raider party by shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season 64-52.
Slow starts had doomed the Hudson's boys' hockey team in its previous two games, but the Raiders remedied that by jumping on River Falls for three goals in the first period on their way to a 5-0 win over the Wildcats Thursday night, Dec. 6, in River Falls. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the sixth-ranked Raiders and put them back above .500 with a record of 3-2. River Falls dropped to 0-5.
It may only be two weeks into the season, but Hudson wrestling coach Chris Hansen knows this Thursday's dual at River Falls will go a long way towards determining the Big Rivers Conference championship. Judging by the Raider's first week of competition, they are ready for the challenge. The Raiders rolled over Chippewa Falls, 62-15, in their BRC and season opener Thursday, Nov. 29, before going 4-0 Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Mondovi Duals. Hansen said Saturday's duals in Mondovi were particularly important in preparing his young team for Thursday night's showdown in River Falls.
The Hudson boys' hockey team entered last week ranked No. 1 in the state and with a target on its back. Then both Chippewa Falls and Superior threw bullseyes. The unranked Cardinals upset the Raiders 4-3 Thursday, Nov. 29, in Chippewa Falls before No. 8 Superior handed Hudson a 3-1 setback Saturday, Dec. 1 in Superior. The result dropped the Raiders to No. 6 in this week's Wisconsin Prep Hockey poll while Superior jumped to No. 4. Hudson will look to snap its two-game losing streak this Thursday Dec. 6, in River Falls.