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Hudson log roller Midwest champ

Anna Davenport of Hudson, right, competes against Emma Magnone of Wauconda, Ill., at the Midwest Log Rolling Championships at Wingra Beach in Madison Saturday, June 9. Photo courtesy of Joanie Davenport

Seventeen year-old Anna Davenport of Hudson is the 2018 Midwest Log Rolling Champion in the U17 Girls Division after winning the Midwest Log Rolling Championships at a seven state competition in Madison Saturday, June 9.

Davenport is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in the U17 Girls Division, and is also the current World Champion in the Women's Semi Pro division. Semi Pro rolling allows amatuer log rollers the opportunity to "roll up" and compete at a higher level wearing professional spike shoes before they enter the pro ranks. Amateurs roll on carpeted logs without spiked shoes. Because not all tournaments offer the semi-pro category, rollers remain in the U17 division until they are eligible to turn pro. Davenport plans to compete professionally next year.

Anna's sister Ellie Davenport, 20, earned third place in the Women's Professional Log Rolling division at the same tournament. A junior at the University of St Thomas, Ellie is currently ranked third in the world among elite women log rollers. She is working with several UST departments to study the effects of log rolling on her spine. Diagnosed with scoliosis in middle school, log rolling has been a key factor in maintaining her spinal health, which she hopes will inspire kids with spine issues to pursue balance types of sports.

Chris Serpico of Hudson, a popular roller and manager of the Hudson Log Rolling program, placed second in the Adult Sport division. Konnor Merchak, also of Hudson, earned a third place podium finish after taking several years off from the sport. Other competitors from the Hudson area included three other Serpicos: Andrew, Dominik and Anjali, and Alicia and Jacob Diethert.

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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