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Former Raider teammates honored in college

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Former Raider baseball teammates Chase Graskewicz and Tyler Dierke both capped their collegiate careers by earning all-conference honors at their respective schools this spring.

Graskewicz, a senior at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., was named to the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team while Dierke, a senior at Kenyon College in Cleveland, Ohio, was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference Second Team. Both are 2009 graduates of Hudson High School.

Graskewicz hit .314 with four home runs and 20 RBIs his senior season at UCM while being named to the All-MIAA first team, his second All-MIAA honor since transferring from NCAA Division I school Kansas State. An all-state catcher at Hudson, he hit .284 in his four-year college career, knocked in 82 runs, hit five home runs, held a .987 fielding percentage, and threw out 45 percent of baserunners.

Graskewicz was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Ryan Huppert at Hudson High School and earned all-Big Rivers Conference honors all four seasons. He was also named the Raiders' team MVP his sophomore through senior seasons as well as earning all-district and all-state selection.

Dierke collected his third career All-NCAC award and finishes as Kenyon's all-time leader in career wins. The senior right-handed hurler worked nearly 60 innings this season and went 5-3 with a 4.14 earned run average. He walked just nine batters and struck out 59. Dierke set the Kenyon record with 22 career wins and his final total of 186 career strikeouts ranks tied for fourth among Kenyon's all-time leaders.

Dierke was named the Big Rivers Conference's co-pitcher of the year in 2009 after leading the Raiders in nearly every pitching category. He also earned All-District and Academic All-State honors as a high school senior.

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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