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Old Abes get better of Raiders in BRC tennis finale

Hudson's Luke Holmberg returns a shot in he and No. 1 doubles partner Jacob Grosz's three-set loss to Eau Claire Memorial's Grant Wolfe and Max Leon. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

It took two days of action spread over three days, but Eau Claire Memorial moved closer to winning it 22nd straight Big Rivers Conference boys’ tennis title with a 6-1 victory over previously unbeaten Hudson in the final regular season conference dual for both teams that ended Thursday, May 10, in Hudson.

Eau Claire Memorial improved to 5-0 in BRC play while the Raiders will take a 4-1 record into the BRC Tournament Saturday, May 12, in Eau Claire.

The match was suspended due to rain Tuesday, May 8 and resumed Thursday, May 10, at the Hudson High School courts. When it was finally over, Hudson's lone point came at No. 1 singles, where Tyler Grosz posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sam Rechek.

Luke Holmberg and Jacob Grosz took their No. 1 doubles match with Memorial's Gant Wolfe and Max Leon to three sets before dropping 6-7, 6-4, 4-6 marathon.

Saturday's BRC Tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. at Eau Claire North High School. The Raiders will host Como Park in a nonconference makeup match Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m. and play a triangular with River Falls and New Richmond Thursday, May 17, in New Richmond before the WIAA Subsectional Monday, May 21, at Eau Claire Memorial.

In other high school action Thursday, May 10, the Raider softball team split a doubleheader at Chippewa Falls, winning the first game 9-4 and losing the nightcap, 5-3, and the Raider baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision at Eau Claire Memorial.

Kaiya Sundeen had three hits and three RBI and Angela Huepfel had two hits and two RBI in the softball team's 9-4 win over the Cardinals. Megan Iverson doubled and scored twice while Colleen Halverson had two hits and an RBI.

Halverson drove in a pair of runs in the second game and Sundeen had three more hits but it wasn't enough in a 5-3 loss.

Hudson's baseball team received a strong effort from Teddy Donna against Eau Claire Memorial at Carson Park but the Raiders offense was only able to scratch out one unearned run in their 2-1 loss to the Old Abes. All of the scoring came in the first inning.

Donna gave up one earned run on five hits while striking out one and walking two in six innings of work.

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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