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Raider boys turn the Cards for share of Big Rivers title

The Raider boys took care of business Friday night, rolling over last-place Chippewa Falls 63-45 to earn a share of the Big Rivers Conference 2004-5 basketball championship.

Hudson and River Falls each finished the conference schedule with 11-1 records.

Now the Raiders have turned their attention to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament that for them starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on their home court against the winner of Tuesday's Eau Claire Memorial-Eau Claire North regional semifinal.

"It was a good way to finish up the regular season," Hudson coach Tim Scharfenberg said of Friday night's victory. "Now we're focusing our efforts on doing our best to get to Madison."

A trip to the state tournament would take three victories. If the Raiders survive Saturday's regional final, they'll likely face either No. 2 seed River Falls or No. 3 seed Menomonie in the sectional semifinal March 11 at Chippewa Falls.

Lakeland and Wausau West are the top seeds in the other half of the Section 1 bracket. The sectional final is slated for March 12 at Eau Claire North.

Senior forward Nate Zuehl connected on six shots from three-point range and scored a career-high 26 points in the conference finale.

The Raiders sank 10 three-pointers in all, with Matt Miller adding three and Jay Langdon one. Miller scored a total of 11 points and Langdon had eight.

Hudson raced to a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and wasn't seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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