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Hudson tennis team off to a 4-0 start

Hudson senior Cal Johnson delivers a serve at the Husky Challenge hosted by Eau Claire North last Saturday. Hudson went 3-0 at the tourney with wins over Altoona, Marshfield and Eau Claire Regis. (Submitted photos)1 / 2
Sophomore Mark Johnson returns a shot at the Husky Challenge at Eau Claire North last Saturday. Johnson won all three his matches at No. 1 singles to help the Raiders go undefeated.2 / 2

The Raider boys tennis team started the season on the right foot by sweeping Chippewa Falls 7-0 in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday, before going 3-0 at the Husky Challenge Saturday in Eau Claire.

The Raiders defeated Altoona, 7-0, Marshfield, 5-2, and Eau Claire Regis, 4-3, to go undefeated on the day.

“It’s sure nice to finally start playing,” Hudson coach Dave Dahl said. “While we’re off to a good start, it’s going to take a little time to sort out the lineup. We’ve got a good group of kids; they’re practicing well. We’ve probably got 14 players capable of challenging for a varsity spot.”

Dahl said this year’s team will be led by senior captains Jack Schulte, Sam Duchow and Cal Johnson. Fellow seniors Jacob Huseboe, Mitch Karras, Kody Owens and Ben Wirth also return, as does defending BRC singles champion, sophomore Mark Johnson.

“We’ve got a nice nucleus,” Dahl said. “But they know nothing is going to come easy this season.”

Duchow, Karras, Owens, Schulte and Mark Johnson all went 4-0 to start the season. Junior Noah LeBrun also won all four of his matches while junior Quinn Zacharias contributed three wins to start the season.

The Raiders will host their first home match of the season this Thursday against Eau Claire North at 4 p.m. They’ll travel to the two-day Wausau West Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 25-26 before visiting Baldwin-Woodville for a nonconference match Monday, May 28.

“There’s plenty of tennis to be played, but at the same time it’s an awfully fast season,” Dahl said. “Assistant coach Carol Szyman and myself are looking forward to good things.”

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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