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Seven Raiders named All-BRC

Raider senior Chase Graskewicz walks off the field after playing his last home game in Hudson June 5 against River Falls. Graskewicz, a four-time All-Big Rivers Conference selection, will move on to play collegiate baseball at Kansas State next year. Photo by Randy Hanson

Tyler Dierke, Chase Graskewicz and Kory Koller led a group of seven Raiders named to 2009 All-Big Rivers Conference baseball teams.

Al three players were named to the first team while Jeff Schmitz, Cory Larson, Andy Edholm and Taylar Zarfos received honorable mention.

In addition, Dierke and Graskewicz were both named to the first All-District Team and Koller was named to the second team. Graskewicz was also named second team All-State.

Graskewicz, the Raiders' Most Valuable Player this season as voted on by his teammates, led the team in batting average (.380) and tied for the team lead in runs scored (26), triples (1) and walks (30).

A four-year starter, four-time all-conference and three-time all-state player, Graskewicz has been selected to play for the West team in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic this weekend in Oshkosh. He is just the fourth Hudson player chosen to play in the annual prestigious event that showcases the top seniors in the state. The others were Davis Drewiske in 2003, Paul Johnson in 2004 and his older brother Tyler Graskewicz in 2007.

Raider coach Ryan Huppert was also selected as a coach for the West squad in 2007.

"Chase Graskewicz is arguably the greatest player ever to play at Hudson High School," Huppert said.

Graskewicz, who along with Dierke also earned Academic All-District honors this season, will move on to play collegiate baseball at Kansas State University in the Big 12 Conference, one of the top Division I baseball conferences in the nation.

Dierke was named the BRC's co-pitcher of the year, sharing the honor with Eau Claire Memorial's Adam Winistorfer after leading the Raiders in nearly every pitching category including strikeouts (95), earned run average (1.19), starts (11), complete games (7), saves (2) and innings pitched (76.2). His six victories tied him for the team lead with Schmitz.

Dierke, who also earned Academic All-State honors this season, will play collegiate baseball at Kenyon College in Ohio, a Division III school in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Koller led the Raiders in home runs this season with six and runs batted in with 29 while tying Graskewicz for the team lead in runs scored with 26.

Edholm led the team in doubles with seven while Adam Dardine tied Graskewicz for the team lead in triples with one.

The Raiders won a regional championship while finishing with a record of 21-8 this season, 8-4 in BRC play.

All five seniors on the Raider roster will move on to college -- Graskewicz at Kansas State, Dierke at Kenyon, Zarfos at the University of Minnesota, Mat Drew at the University of Wisconsin and Tyler Freer at Madison Area Technical College.

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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