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Hudson gymnasts are state bound

The Hudson gymnastics team poses with its sectional runner-up plaque after placing second at the Division 1 sectional in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, Feb. 24. Team members are, front row from left, Emma Newman, Taylor Owens and Katie Auge. Back row, Maia Malchow, Amber Robey, Emma O'Neill, Paige Hillman and Caroline Erickson. The team will return to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Tournament this weekend, March 2-3. Photo courtesy of Katie Beaupre

The Hudson gymnastics team earned a return trip to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Tournament after qualifying with a second place team finish at the Division 1 sectional meet at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Saturday, Feb. 24.

The entire Raider team will compete in the state team tournament this Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln while senior Taylor Owens and freshmen Paige Hillman and Caroline Erickson will compete in the state individual tournament the next day at the same site.

Hudson finished with a second place score of 136.85 last Saturday, just behind sectional champion Eau Claire's 136.925, to join Eau Claire in the 10-team Division 1 field this Friday at the state meet. Owens qualified for Saturday's individual competition in the vault and Erickson will compete on the floor and bars while Hillman earned spots in the vault, floor, bars and all-around.

Hillman claimed sectional titles on the bars and in the vault with scores of 9.2 and 9.0, respectively. She also took third on the floor with a score of 9.2 and added a score of 8.5 on the balance beam to finish second in the all-around competition with a total of 35.9.

Erickson was second in the floor routine with a score of 9.225 and earned the fifth and final qualifying spot on bars with a score of 8.45 while Owens placed second behind Hillman in the vault with a score of 8.95.

The WIAA State Team Tournament gets underway at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School while the individual competition is set for Saturday, March 3, beginning at 11:15 a.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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