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Boys win third straight

Hudson junior Paul Sparstad (12) puts up a shot in the lane in the first half of the Raiders' 83-66 Big Rivers Conference win over Menomonie Friday night, Jan. 5, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson senior Keyser Helterbrand (15) is boxed in by a pair of Menomonie defenders in the first half of the Raiders' Big Rivers Conference game against the Mustangs Friday night, Jan. 5, in Hudson. Helterbrand led all scorers with 25 points in an 83-66 Raider win. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The Raider boys basketball team kicked off the new year with an 83-66 Big Rivers Conference victory over Menomonie Friday, Jan. 5, for its third straight win.

Fresh off a pair of victories at a holiday tournament in Wisconsin Dells over the break, the Raiders held the Mustangs to 30 second half-points after taking a 44-36 lead at the break on their way to improving to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in BRC play.

Keyser Helterbrand led three Raiders in double figures with 25 points while Jacob Daulton added 18 and Landon Bilse scored 16 as Hudson cracked the 80-point mark for the second straight game and fourth time this season.

Paul Sparstad came one point short of reaching double digits with nine points and Charlie Neuenschwander scored eight while Mateo Renta had three and Luke Healy and Carter Herink scored two apiece.

Jake Ebert led the Mustangs (0-11, 0-5) with 16.

The Raiders will continue BRC play this week with a road game at Rice Lake (8-2, 2-2) Tuesday, Jan. 9 and a home matchup with Eau Claire Memorial (5-5, 2-2) Friday, Jan. 12. They will host Superior in a nonconference game Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:15 p.m.

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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