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Three Raiders picked for WFCA All-Star Game

Hudson's Dan Kelly (17), Bryan Caffin (74) and Alex Burgess (95), pictured with their teammates after the Raiders' state quarterfinal win over Appleton North last fall, have been selected to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game July 20 in Oshkosh. Star-Observer file photo

After being part of the most successful football season in team history last fall, Raider seniors Alex Burgess, Bryan Caffin and Dan Kelly will take the field one final time together for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Charity All-Star Game July 20 in Oshkosh.

All three were selected to play for the North Large School team against the South at 5 p.m. at Titan Stadium on the campus of UW-Oshkosh. The game is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and players are asked to raise money for the cause. Last year over $300,000 was raised by participating players.

The three Raider seniors helped Hudson to a perfect 8-0 regular season record and the school's first outright Big Rivers Conference championship last fall. They advanced to the WIAA state semifinals for the first time ever before finishing with an overall record of 11-1.

Burgess, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 235-pound defensive lineman, and Caffin, a 6-3, 265-pound offensive lineman, were both named to the 2012 WFCA All-State First Team while Kelly, a 5-10, 175-pound defensive back, earned WFCA All-State honorable mention.

All three players were also named to the All-BRC First Team and WFCA All-Region Team.

Somerset coach Bruce Larson was named head coach of the North team for the game against the South that kicks off Saturday, July 20, at 5 p.m. Other area players named to the North squad include Eric Wunrow of River Falls, Reggie Larson and Tyler Ledbeter of Somerset and Bryce Byl of Osceola.

Anyone wishing to donate to the 2013 WFCA Charity All-Star Game for Wisconsin Children's Hospital can do so online at or by contacting one of the selected players.

Bob Burrows
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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