Boy’s Tennis Ends Regular Season In Style

Boy's tennis doubles team at New Richmond tennis courts.

The Raiders finished the BRC in second place to Eau Claire Memorial with a 4-1 Conference record, and an overall record of 17-6 on the season as a team.  The line-up for the Hudson Raiders going into the WII Sub-Sectional Tournament will be, at Singles: #1 – Tyler Grosz, #2 – Jacob Grosz, #3 – Kade Nickerson, and #4 – Lewis Holmberg.  The three Doubles teams for the Hudson Raiders will be comprised of: #1 – Jack Geurkink & Luke Johnson, #2 – Brett Covey & Mitchell Drost, and #3 – Isaac Hennemann and Charlie Neuenschwander. The team is hoping to send a few players to the State Tournament in Madison May 30th – June 1st. Way to go Raiders!

Photo: Doubles team Isaac Hennemann and Charlie Neuenschwander

Bugs in the Classroom!

A boy uses a magnifying glass to get a closer look at a bug.

River Crest students recently participated in “Bugs in the Classroom.”  Volunteers from Trout Unlimited brought in various types of water insects for the students to observe how bugs look, move, their color, and more.  The students took notes on their observations and used their notes to complete additional coursework. The students and staff all had the opportunity to hold each of the creepy and crawly bugs.  

Principal Katie Coppenbarger holds a centipede in her hands. A group of children gathered around of small pan of bugs. Instructor showing children the parts of a bug poster.

Congratulations to HHS Welding Team Winners!

Five students pose with their welding competition trophies.

A group of Hudson High School technical education students recently placed second at the Annual Northwest Wisconsin Welding Competition. Hudson’s team included Reed Meyer, Ella Diedrich, Alex Miller, Zane Bakken, and Michael Showalter. The competition was hosted by WITC-Rice Lake and included over 200 high school students from 14 high schools through Northwest Wisconsin.

In the competition, students are tested on various types of welding techniques. Each team consists of five competitors, with each teammate performing a different welding process. Competitors must build and weld a part from a print with a 30-minute time limit. They are scored as individuals in each category, and the teams receive an overall rating.

The five welding processes competitors were tested on include: gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, oxy-fuel cutting, and a written exam.

The first place team won a Miller 211 mig welder, the second place team won a six-piece Milwaukee cordless tool kit, and the third place team won an assortment of welding/fabrication tools. The top individual competitors won auto-darkening welding helmets, duffle bags, gloves, and jackets.

The individual competition winners from Hudson included:

  • Oxy-fuel cutting – 1st place Zane Bakken
  • Shielded metal arc welding – 1st place Michael Showalter
  • Gas tungsten arc welding – 2nd place Alex Miller

In addition to the welding competition, the WITC-Rice Lake campus hosted a Technology and Industry Expo and Open House. The Expo featured many businesses from the WITC district and beyond. Attendees could network with businesses, learn about their products and services, and participate in live simulations. It also provided an opportunity for the high school students to connect the programs at WITC to their related careers.

All 10 Raiders Place in BRC Tennis Tournament

Hudson Boy's Tennis team photo at BRC tournament.

The Hudson Raiders took the top two spots in the BRC Tennis Tournament with senior Captain Tyler Grosz winning the #1 Singles Championship.  Younger brother, and sophomore Captain Jacob Grosz also won the Championship Title at #2 Singles.  Hudson took two second place spots with senior Captain Luke Johnson at #3 Singles and the #2 Doubles team of Isaac Hennemann and Mitchell Drost.  Three Raider positions garnered 3rd place finishes including junior Kade Nickerson at #4 Singles, the #1 Doubles team of Jack Geurkink and Brett Covey and the #3 Doubles team of Lewis Holmberg and Charlie Neuenschwander.  Seven of the top ten Raider varsity players also garnered All Conference Honors.  First Team Honors were awarded to Tyler Grosz and Jacob Grosz.  Second Team All Conference Honors were bestowed upon Luke Johnson, Jack Geurkink and Brett Covey and Isaac Hennemann and Mitchell Drost.

Front row from left to right, Hudson’s Singles players: #4, Kade Nickerson, #1 Tyler Grosz, #2 Jacob Nickerson and #3 Luke Johnson.  Standing from left to right are assistant coach John Dahl, #3 doubles Charlie Neuenschwander & Lewis Holmberg, #2 doubles Isaac Hennemann and Mitchell Drost (missing), and #1 doubles Brett Covey and Jack Geurkink, along with varsity head coach John Knutson.

Hudson boy's tennis coaches along with two BRC Singles Champions.

From left to right,  Hudson assistant coach John Dahl, Sophomore Captain Jacob Grosz, the #2 BRC Singles Champion, Senior Captain Tyler Grosz, the #1 Singles BRC Champion, along with varsity head coach John Knutson.

Hudson will have one more match in New Richmond for a three-way meet with New Richmond, River Falls and Hudson on Thursday.  The Sub-sectionals will be held on Monday, May 20th with the Sections being held on Wednesday, May 21st followed by the WIAA State Tournament the following week.

Middle School Sustainability Club Issues Milk Carton Challenge

Students from Willow River Elementary posing outside with their newly planted maple tree.

The Middle School Sustainability Club sponsored a “Milk Carton Challenge” for all Hudson schools on America Recycles Day. Willow River was the district winner and received a Red Blaze Maple to plant at their school.  Chris Reckinger’s 5th grade class hosted the contest. The tree was presented by Timothy Frank, a club representative and Willow River Alumni. Students planted the tree on Arbor Day.

High School & Elementary Students Learn Together

HIgh School and elementary school students read together at a round table.

A mutual learning opportunity between Hudson High School HealthCare Academy students and Willow River Elementary Second Graders.  High School students wrote research papers on a health issue and selected  topics to create a children’s book for second graders. During their meeting time, the second grade students shared their biographies with the High School students.

Middle School Promotes Walk/Bike to School Day

Three boys stop for their picture on the track.

Last week, Hudson Middle School promoted walk or ride your bike to school day. About 70 students rode a bike or scooter to school for the event. Another 150 students walked. Students who live too far from school to bike or walk could choose to walk the track before school as participants.

Students who participated in the day had a chance to wing a bike helmet or frisbees provided by Healthier Together – Pierce and St. Croix Counties Coalition. All participants received bike reflectors.

Two students pose for the camera as the walk the Middle School track in the early morning.Two boys stop for their picture on the track. A group of students smile for the camera.

Willow River Celebrates Young Authors Day

Students are discussing the book they wrote and illustrated.

Using the theme, “Reading and Music Through the Decades,” Willow River Elementary School filled their Young Authors Day with activities, demonstrations, and performances. Students toured a one-room school house, built a time capsule, and participated in a school-wide scavenger hunt. Students gathered in small groups and shared the books they wrote and illustrated. The day ended with a sock hop.

Students are gathered to listen to a presentation on one-room school houses.Students are discussing the book they wrote and illustrated. Students are discussing the book they wrote and illustrated.