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UPDATE: Raiders Football Playoff Picture; Hudson Next Plays Arrowhead in Schofield

Undefeated Big River Conference champion Hudson has defeated its Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 opponents in the 2012 WIAA football playoffs. Now the Raiders face another undefeated team in Level 4. Hudson Patch will have live video of the game.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m., Nov. 5, 2012): The Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN) has obtained exclusive video broadcast rights of Saturday's Hudson vs. Arrowhead game, which is a Division 1 WIAA State Semifinal game. 

Hudson Patch will carry the MSBN feed of the Raiders game as it has all season. In addition, several Hudson establishments will host viewing parties including Kozy Korner Bar & Pizza and the The Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill.

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UPDATE (10:45 p.m., Nov. 4, 2012): After a convincing victory over a previously undefeated Appleton North team on Saturday, the unbeaten Hudson Raiders will face another undefeated team at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, when they play the Arrowhead Warhawks at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield.

Top-seeded Arrowhead, which hails from Hartland, defeated Kimberly, 31-7, on Friday night. 

According to the last WisSports.net Coaches Poll, released on Oct. 9 before the final regular season games were played, Arrowhead was ranked No. 1 in the state, while Hudson was ranked No. 7.

Other team rankings of interest from that poll include the following:

  • Sun Prairie at No. 2 (to face Badger in Level 4)
  • Appleton North at No. 3 (lost to Hudson in Level 3)
  • Bay Port at No. 4 (lost to Hudson in Level 2)
  • Stevens Point at No. 5 (lost to Appleton North in Level 2)

Hudson Patch will bring you a live streaming broadcast of Saturday's Raiders game through a partnership with the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN). The network will attempt to purchase video rights from the WIAA for the ability to broadcast video. If exclusive rights are granted to another media outlet MSBN will provide an audio broadcast.

The other semifinal game, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Arrowhead High School, features Sun Prairie and Badger. The winner faces the winner of the Hudson-Arrowhead game.

Division 1 Group A

  • (2) Hudson 40, (1) Appleton North 21 - Final

Division 1 Group B

  • (1) Arrowhead 31, (2) Kimberly 7 - Final

Division 1 Group C Final

  • (1) Sun Prairie 34, (2) Verona 6 - Final

Division 1 Group D Final

  • (3) Badger 14, (4) Kenosha Bradford 7 - Final

FULL DIVISION 1 BRACKETS

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UPDATE (11:10 p.m., Oct. 26, 2012): After blowing out Bay Port on Friday, the undefeated Hudson Raiders will face the undefeated Appleton North Lightning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Goerke Field in Stevens Point, after Hudson 

Hudson Patch will bring you live streaming video of the game through a partnership with the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN) and Paul Rode, owner of The Agave Kitchen. Kozy Korner is also partnering with Hudson Patch and MSBN to show the game on some of its TVs.

On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Appleton North came from behind on Friday night to defeat Stevens Point, 17-14. 

Division 1 Group A

  • (1) Appleton North 17, (4) Superior 14 - Final
  • (2) Hudson 46, (3) Bay Port 14 - Final

Division 1 Group B

  • (1) Arrowhead 47, (4) Germantown 7 - Final
  • (2) Kimberly 31, Menomonee Falls 0 - Final

Division 1 Group C

  • (1) Sun Prairie 40, (4) Madison West at Sun Prairie 21 
  • (2) Verona 35, (3) Hamilton 28

Division 1 Group D

  • (4) Kenosha Bradford 21, (1) Oak Creek 14 
  • (3) Badger 28, (2) Franklin 21

FULL DIVISION 1 BRACKETS

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UPDATE (2 a.m., Oct. 21, 2012): After a 31-0 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in Level 1, the Raiders will face Bay Port High School at a neutral field in a tough Level 2 matchup in the 2012 WIAA football playoffs.

The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in Chippewa Falls. Live video of the game will be broadcast on Hudson Patch via the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network.

Despite having a higher seed, Hudson will not host the game because the WIAA ruled on Saturday night that Bay Port's travel distance (247 miles — 4 hours, 15 minutes) was "excessive." The game was moved to Chippewa Falls according to WIAA rules.

On Friday, the Bay Port Pirates came from behind to defeat D.C. Everest, 19-17. In 2012, the Pirates went 7-1 in the Fox River Classic Conference losing only their final game of the regular season to a tough Green Bay Southwest squad. Hudson is still undefeated this year after going 8-0 in the regular season, and shutting out Eau Claire Memorial, 31-0, at home on Friday.

On the other side of the bracket, Stevens Point emerged after four overtimes to defeat Green Bay Preble, 43-35. Appleton North rolled over Superior, 35-0, on Saturday afternoon.

Division 1 Group A Level 1 Results

  • (1) Appleton North 35, (8) Superior 0 - Final
  • (2) Hudson 31, (7) Eau Claire Memorial 0 - Final
  • (3) Bay Port 19, (6) D.C. Everest 17 - Final
  • (4) Stevens Point 43, (5) Green Bay Preble 35 - Final (4OT)

FULL DIVISION 1 BRACKETS

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UPDATE (1:18 p.m., Oct. 13, 2012): The 2012 WIAA football playoff brackets have been released. Hudson is the No. 2 seed in Division 1 Group A, and the Raiders will host Eau Claire Memorial in a Level 1 playoff game 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Newton Field. Hudson Patch will carry MSBN's audio broadcast of the game. 

The winner will face the winner of the Bay Port vs. D.C. Everest game in the Level 2 playoffs Oct. 26-27.

The seeding for Division 1 Group A is as follows:

  • 1: Appleton North (8-0, 7-0 VFA-North)
  • 2: Hudson (8-0, 7-0 Big Rivers)
  • 3: Bay Port (7-1, 7-1 Fox River Classic)
  • 4: Stevens Point (7-1, 6-1 VFA-South)
  • 5: Green Bay Preble (7-1, 7-1 Fox River Classic)
  • 6: D.C. Everest (4-4, 4-3 VFA-North)
  • 7: Eau Claire Memorial (4-4, 4-3 Big Rivers)
  • 8: Superior (4-4, 3-4 Big Rivers)

VIEW ALL BRACKETS

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ORIGINAL POST (2:30 a.m., Oct. 13, 2012): Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, the Hudson Raiders earned their final regular season victory over a tough Menomonie team to remain unbeaten and win the Big Rivers Conference championship.

Just over five hours later, the WIAA announced the 32-team Division 1 football playoff field represented in the map above. The map is color coded according to the number of victories each team earned this season.

In order to create the playoff brackets, the WIAA divided the Division 1 field into four eight-team groupings. The following high school football teams will be in Group A (alphabetic order):

  • Appleton North (8-0, 7-0 VFA-North)
  • Bay Port (7-1, 7-1 Fox River Classic)
  • D.C. Everest (4-4, 4-3 VFA-North)
  • Eau Claire Memorial (4-4, 4-3 Big Rivers)
  • Green Bay Preble (7-1, 7-1 Fox River Classic)
  • Hudson (8-0, 7-0 Big Rivers)
  • Stevens Point (7-1, 6-1 VFA-South)
  • Superior (4-4, 3-4 Big Rivers)

SEE ALL GROUPS

Head coaches and representatives from all eight teams will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stevens Point to present their cases for seeding and report the results to the WIAA by 1 p.m. Once the seedings are set, a game date (likely Saturday), time and location (likely Newton Field) will be set for the Raiders' Level 1 playoff game.

SEEDING PROCEDURES

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Notes: Five of the eight Big Rivers Conference teams qualified for the postseason: Hudson (8-0), Menomonie (7-1), Rice Lake (5-3), Eau Claire Memorial (4-4) and Superior (4-4). ... Superior was one of just four teams to make the 224-team playoff field without winning at least half its conference games. Superior was 3-5 in conference play. ... This was the first year that there weren't enough teams that finished .500 and above in their conference to fill the 224-team playoff field. ... The 32-team Division 1 field features five teams with 8-0 records, and Group A includes two of them: Hudson and Appleton North.

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This post will be updated with information from the seeding meeting once it is available.

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Micheal Foley October 13, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Here are a couple wild guesses from me: If Hudson gets the No. 1 seed, I think they will play Superior in the first round. If Hudson gets the No. 2 seed, I think they will play Eau Claire Memorial in the first round. Don't read too much into this. I could be way off.
Micheal Foley October 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Looks like I was right. No. 2 seed. Memorial. It's on.
John Feia October 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Good call Mike!
Micheal Foley October 21, 2012 at 08:41 AM
It's official. In Level 2, Hudson will face Bay Port at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 ... ... ... in Chippewa Falls. From the WIAA rules: "If ... travel distances are deemed excessive by the WIAA, a neutral site will be considered by the WIAA..." Read the rules for yourself: http://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Publications/Fall_Sport_Regs/footballtournregs.pdf Hudson has an outside shot at a playoff game in Level 3, but they would need to take care of business on Friday AND top-seeded Appleton North would have to lose to Stevens Point.
Tom T Hall October 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It's really ridiculous that this game is being played in Chippewa Falls instead of Hudson. This negates the home field advantage Hudson has earned by going 8-0 and getting the #2 seed in the section. Bay Port only saves about 75-80 minutes of travel time by having this game moved to Chippewa Falls and for this Hudson should have to give up their home field advantage they earned this season??? absurd!!!! Just another poor decision by the WIAA in a 40+ year history of poor decisions by this incompetent group.
Susan Richards October 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Footbball is awesome , but would love to see some coverage on the varsity soccer team too! They had an incredible season and just lost in playoffs to rival EC memorial yesterday 5-4 in a double overtime, double shootout game. Love the Patch!
CentralScrutinizer October 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
People that whine about game locations at this point of the season are setting up excuses for if the lose. A VERY well respected coach told me that. You play the game where its scheduled...the players don't care, neither do the coaches. Its the fans that get their undies in a bunch over a location.
Micheal Foley October 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks for the update. The platform is open if you have anything to share about the soccer team: -Events: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/events/new -Announcements: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/announcements/new -Local Voices: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/blog/apply -Pics & Clips: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/pics
BenJohnson October 22, 2012 at 04:01 AM
2 things: 1) I was wondering why Hudson would need Appleton North to lose to move on to Level 3? I believe if Hudson wins they will play the winner of the Appleton North vs. SPASH game in Level 3. 2) Just because the game is in Chippewa Falls doesn't negate home field advantage for us. I would hope driving 75 miles wouldn't make people change their mind on going to the game. Hudson has great fans that travel well, especially the fabulous student section! As much as I'd love to see another playoff game at Newton, I know Hudson will still play their hearts out. The rule makes sense and anybody that's played sports and has had to travel that far and play a game, it's tough. So cutting 75 miles off of their trip makes sense to me. This rule has been used for other teams and in other sports so I feel it's fair.
Micheal Foley October 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM
BenJohnson: 1) We're rooting for SPASH so we can have a home game in Level 3. 2) I agree, but you can't deny that it's a blow to Hudson fan attendance. Also, when was the last time the Raiders lost a game at Newton Field? It hasn't happened since Patch has been in town.
BenJohnson October 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
1) I'd especially like to see us play SPASH so we can redeem ourselves after losing to them in '07, '08, and '09, along with getting that home game. 2) It will be a blow, but it shouldn't be much of one. Chippewa isn't that far of a drive. But we had 2 home loses in 2010. Also if we have to travel to Appleton North the WIAA should make it a shorter drive for us because Bay Port is only 10 more miles from Hudson than Appleton.
Micheal Foley October 23, 2012 at 08:39 AM
KSTP covered our situation, and DeVos was interviewed on camera. Check it out: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2808250.shtml
Grant Weir October 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Safety...That's what they are stating is their reason...Wow Montana schools routinely travel 4 hrs to play ...Anyway it seems the WIAA has a double standard...one for downstate and another for Hudson... They couldn't even get the game closer to Hudson then Appleton North...Why is that?

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