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Softball: Six Raiders named All-BRC

Senior Colleen Halverson is one of three Raider softball players named to the 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference First Team after leading the team in batting average, runs batted in, doubles and runs scored. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Freshman Grace O'Brien spun a pair of no-hitters while posting a record of 6-1 with a 1.70 earned run average to earn a spot on the 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference First Team. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Senior Kaiya Sundeen was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference First team for the second straight season after driving in a team-high 14 RBI and leading the team in stolen bases with eight this year. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

Seniors Kaiya Sundeen and Colleen Halverson, and freshman Grace O'Brien, have been named to the 2018 All-Big Rivers Conference First Team to lead six Raiders honored by the conference softball coaches for their play this season.

Sundeen is a repeat selection to the first team while Halverson was named to the first team after earning honorable mention in 2017. O'Brien was the lone freshman named to the 11-player first team.

Senior Megan Iverson earned second team honors for the second straight year while junior Hannah Stich and freshman Avery Johnson received honorable mention. Stich also was an honorable mention pick in 2017.

Sundeen hit .487 in 12 conference games this season while driving in a team-high 14 runs and leading the Raiders in stolen bases with eight. She had one home run and three doubles while drawing a team-high five walks.

Halverson hit a team-high .525 with two home runs, 14 RBI, six doubles and 18 runs scored. She led the team in doubles and runs scored while tying Sundeen for the team lead in runs batted in.

O'Brien went 6-1 in the circle with a 1.70 earned run average and 54 strikeouts in 37.3 innings pitched. She twirled a pair of no-hitters in her rookie season while posting an average of .350 at the plate.

Iverson tied Stich for the team lead with three home runs and batted .469 with six RBI and 12 runs scored while starting every game in centerfield, while Stich hit .350 with three homers and nine RBI.

Johnson earned All-BRC honors in her first season after hitting .395 with 12 RBI and seven runs scored.

Hudson finished second in the BRC this season with a record of 10-2 (15-5 overall). Conference champion Chippewa Falls had the most players selected to All-BRC teams with seven, including four to the first team.

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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