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Wilgren, Owens are all-state

Hudson's No. 1 doubles team of Anna Wilgren, left, and Taylor Owens hold their All-State certificates from the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association for the 2017 fall tennis season. Photo courtesy of John Knutson

Hudson girls tennis senior co-captains and No. 1 doubles teammates Anna Wilgren and Taylor Owens have been named to the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association All-State Second Team for the fall season.

Wilgren and Owens went undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and finished the season with a record of 25-3. In addition to winning the BRC title, the pair claimed the Section 1 championships and reached the round of 16 at the WIAA State Tournament before losing to the eventual state runner-ups from Homestead.

Wilgren and Owens won 70 percent of their games, 85 percent of their sets and 89 percent of their matches played this season.

At the Raiders' postseason tennis banquet, Wilgren and Owens were both acknowledged as Academic All-Conference recipients and as the Most Valuable Players for Hudson this past season.

"What these two have accomplished this year is incredible and memorable," Raider head coach John Knutson said. "Undefeated in conference play, Big Rivers Conference champions, sectional champions and now being acknowledged as All-State competitors is just a fitting end to their senior season of tennis. They're both exceptional tennis players; fiercely competitive and unbelievably determined. Along with our whole team, I was so proud of how they represented our team, and our community of Hudson wherever they went and with whoever they played. They most certainly lead our team by example. Our Raider tennis team will most certainly miss Anna and Taylor, and we applaud them for being recognized with Second Team All-State honors."

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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