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Gymnasts take Chippewa Invite title

Members of the Hudson gymnastics team are all smiles during the awards ceremony after taking first place at the 10-team Snowflake Invitational hosted by Chippewa Falls Saturday, Dec. 8. Photo courtesy of Katie Beaupre

It's been a long time since the Hudson gymnastics team beat River Falls. But both the Raider varsity and JV teams did just that Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invitational.

The Raider varsity beat River Falls by nearly three full points to capture the team title, finishing with a total score of 135.45 to the second place Wildcats' 132.975. Holmen was a distant third with 124.7.

Individually, sophomore Paige Hillman won the all-around title with a total of 36.25 while classmate Caroline Erickson was fourth with 33.6.

Hillman won the vault with a score of 9.275 and the uneven bars with 9.4 and took third on the balance beam with 8.625 and fourth in the floor exercise with 8.9 on her way to winning the all-around title.

Erickson had a third place score of 8.725 on bars and placed fourth in the vault with 8.65 while adding scores of 8.375 in the floor exercise and 7.85 on the balance beam to her fourth-place all-around total.

Sophomore Amber Robey was the Raiders' top finisher on the balance beam with a second place score of 8.7. Robey finished ninth in the all-around with a total of 32.6.

Hudson's JV put together a team score of 111.7 to win the junior varsity competition. Jocelyn took second on the bars with a score of 7.8 on her way to a second place all-around total of 28.1 and Maddi Fish posted a second place score of 7.8 on the floor while Megan Michaels was fourth on floor with 7.75.

Next up for the gymnasts is a return trip to Chippewa Falls for a Big Rivers Conference dual with the Cardinals Thursday, Dec. 13 before a three-week break for the holidays.

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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