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Raider runners finish 5th, football team falls to 'Point

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The Hudson Raiders boys cross-country team finished fifth against 19 competitors in the WIAA Division 1 team Cross Country State Championships held Saturday at The Ridges golf course in Wisconsin Rapids. Senior Jacob Ball paced the Division 1 Raiders, finishing 15th in the field with 16 minutes, 29 seconds.

Outrunning the Hudson boys to take first place was Brookfield Central, followed by Marquette University High, Stevens Point and Neenah.

In a 6 p.m. contest Saturday at nearby Stevens Point, the Raiders football team fell to Stevens Point, 28-8, in a contest that would have sent them to Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 20th.

Hudson's only score came on a run by quarterback Beau Hommes with 1:31 left in the game. Davy Branson caught Hommes' pass for the two-point conversion.

The teams were tied at the end of the first quarter. Stevens Point scored with 58 seconds remaining in the second quarter to go up 7-0. Second half was all Stevens Point.

Hudson ends its season at 9-2.

River Falls' girls cross-country team finished 10th in a field of 20 teams in the same Division 1 competion on Saturday.

The Wildcat girls were led by freshman Paige Skorseth, finishing 16th in the field at 15 minutes, 12 seconds.In Division 2 boys cross-country competition, St. Croix Central junior Brett Johnson finished 11th at 16 min., 40 seconds. In Division 2 girls, freshman Victoria Simones of Prescott finished in 22nd place with a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds. Somerset sophomore Tia Belter finished 64th with 16 minutes, 27 seconds.

For complete details, see next week's newspaper.

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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