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Three Raiders sign scholarship tenders to play at college level

Raider senior Ellen Snyder, center, is joined by her parents Scott Snyder and Colleen O’Connell as she signs her national letter of intent last Wednesday to attend the University of Minnesota and compete in cross country and track. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)1 / 3
Hudson senior Matt Wang, center, is flanked by his parents, Scott and Sarah, on national signing day last Wednesday as he signs his letter of intent to attend Bemidji State University and play football next fall. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)2 / 3
Hudson senior Jared Johnson sits between his parents, Chad and Laura, on national signing day at the school last Wednesday. Johnson signed his letter of intent to attend Bemidji State University and play football. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)3 / 3

Three Hudson High School student-athletes will continue their respective sports at NCAA scholarship institutions next year after they accepted their college offers during a ceremony in the school commons on national signing day last Wednesday, Feb. 5.

National signing day is the first day high school seniors can sign a binding national letter of intent to an NCAA school.

Football players Jared Johnson and Matt Wang both signed offers to attend Bemidji State University while Ellen Snyder accepted her invitation to run cross country and track at the University of Minnesota.

Johnson, a 6-3, 235-pound defensive lineman, was a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association First Team All-State Selection after totaling 75 tackles, eight sacks, a blocked kick and a tackle for a safety as a senior.

He was named First Team All-Region and First Team All-Big Rivers Conference as well as the BRC’s Defensive Player of the Year and the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Western Wisconsin Player of the Year in 2013.

In his final two high school seasons, Johnson recorded 108 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception return for a touchdown.

Wang, a 5-11, 285 pound offensive lineman, earned WFCA All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region and First Team All-BRC honors as a senior and is a three-time Academic letterwinner.

Wang and Johnson helped guide the Raiders to back-to-back BRC championships and two straight appearances in the WIAA state semifinals.

Snyder was the Raider girls cross country team’s top runner in 2013 until an injury cut short her senior season. She was a member of the Raiders’ 2011 state qualifying team that finished sixth, and the 2012 team that placed 11th.

She finished fourth at the 2012 BRC Championships to help Hudson to a second place team finish.

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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