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Hudson's youth get the boost from Booster Days

Bill Junco is responsible for keeping track of close to 100 teams playing on 17 fields as the baseball/softball commissioner for the Hudson Boosters. Monday evening, he was at a game his daughter's team was playing on the north field at North Hudson Elementary School. Photo by Randy Hanson

Booster Days is the main fundraiser of the year for the Hudson Boosters, a volunteer organization that provides baseball, softball and football programs for the youth of the community.

This summer, 54 boys baseball teams and 22 girls softball teams are participating in recreational leagues, according to Bill Junco, the Boosters' baseball/softball commissioner.

Another 13 traveling boys baseball teams and five traveling girls softball teams compete against teams in other communities.

In all, close to 1,200 youth are members of nearly 100 Booster baseball and softball teams.

The proceeds from Booster Days help reduce fees that parents have to pay for their children to join a team.

The organization also is raising money to develop additional ball fields.

"We have tons of support from our school district, local townships and the city itself, but field space is really a crunch," said Junco, a lay pastor at Faith Community Church.

"Manipulating that is by far our biggest issue. That's something that we're really going to be looking at in the very near future. (We'll be) determining what our immediate needs are, and also trying to put some long-term goals in place."

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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