Rimkus: Hudson basketball player gains college all-star stature


Rimkus: Hudson basketball player gains college all-star stature

HUDSON – Hudson resident Jeff Hunter, graduating senior at Keene State College (N.H.), gained College All-Star stature while playing for the Keene State “Owls” basketball team.

Holder of many individual records at Keene State, Jeff was chosen to play in the National Assoc. Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s Div. 3 College All Star Game in Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was named First Team All-American by both NABC and D3 Hoops, and in the Little East Conference (LEC), he was named “District 2 Player of the Year, first team” and “District 2 Defensive Player of the Year first team.” Jeff was also cited as 2024 LEC Men’s Basketball Championship “Most Outstanding Player.”

At Keene State, the Hudson athlete holds many individual records, including the all time rebound record (1261); also first in field goal percentage, blocked shots, games played and games started.

Rimkus: Hudson basketball player gains college all-star stature
College All-Star basketball player Jeff Hunter, also holder of countless basketball records at Keene (N.H.) State College, graduates May 4 from Keene State. A Hudson resident and 2019 graduate of Assabet Regional Vocational High School, Jeff gained his All-Star reputation playing in the Div. 3 All-Star Game in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Photo/Courtesy)

A 2019 graduate of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Jeff graduates on May 4 from Keene State with a double major in Safety and Construction Management and a minor in Business. His proud parents are Tom and Ann Hunter of Hudson.

World Cup archer retires

Hudson native Braden Gellenthien, who gained No. 1 World Championship in professional compound bow archery, announced his retirement at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris recently. His mother, Hudson resident Becky Gellenthien, was among those attending the event.

A graduate of Hudson High School (2004) and James Madison University, Virginia, Braden began his archery career at age 16. After gaining the World Championship in 2007, he held that position for several years, competing in archery events throughout the world.
Gellenthien has accepted a position with GAS Bowstrings, Clay City, Ky., as general manager.

Rimkus: Hudson basketball player gains college all-star stature
After many years in the field of world-wide professional archery, including No. 1 World Championship, Hudson native Braden Gellenthien has retired. He has accepted a position with GAS Bowstrings in Clay City, Ky., which plays a pivotal role in the archery field, driving product innovation. (Photo/Courtesy)

He said: “I am excited to be working with the team at GAS, as they mirror my passion for keeping the pedal to the floor.”

Gellenthien’s wife, Tanja, at native of Denmark, is a compound bow shooter for her native country. They reside in Winchester, Ky. Braden is the son of Hudson residents Don and Becky Gellenthien.

Mingle with Mary

“Mingle with Mary,” a special opportunity to mingle with Mary Maraama, legendary clerk at Wright’s Jewelry, will take place at Wright’s, 61 Main St., Saturday, May 11 from 10-2 p.m. Stop in for a visit. Mary was employed by business founders the late Irving Dinner and his son, Lee Dinner, for over 60 years, until her retirement four years ago.

Scout BBQ

Hudson Boy Scout Troop 2 will co-host “all you can eat” Barbeque Saturday, May 4 at Stevie’s Café & Catering, 577 Main St. with hourly seatings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 children. Proceeds benefit Hudson Troops 2 and 77, Crew 23 and Marlborough Troop 2.

Downtown arts fest

Free Arts Fest, featuring live music and performers, will be presented in downtown Hudson, Saturday, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Artists and crafters will exhibit their wares and local merchants will welcome shoppers.

Pasta dinner

Marlborough Sons of Italy Lodge, which includes Hudson members, will sponsor a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Saturday, May 11 at Moose Lodge, 67 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. Event begins at 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., music until 9 p.m. Tickets are adults $20, children 7-12 $10, under 7 free. The Lodge annually awards three $1,000 scholarships, and also provides assistance to veterans and local families. For information and tickets call 508-380-9267. Pre-purchase is required.

May 4 – Iris Lucy, Crystal DiMare and Marcelo Paganini
May 5 – Barbara Moore, Nick Gigliotti, Alex Latzka, Matt Daleppo, Charlie Bacon Jr. and Craig Stanechewski
May 6 – John DiFonzo and Debbie Craig
May 7 – Dan Pelling and Patty Coffey
May 8 – Jackson Fecteau, Rachel Ferguson, John Crossman and C.J. Ahern
May 9 – Sydney Sullivan, Katelyn Monaghan, Amanda Kulik, Anne DiLauro, Peggy DesRosiers, Cathy Brooks, Michael Chaves and Terry Moran
May 10 – Meaghan Sleeper and Richard Cotton
May 11 – Marsha Beals, Amanda Wallace, Adam Conley and Lily Makeswaran
May 12 – Alex Daley, Jason Roach and Melissa Caissie
May 13 – Andre Filippi, Jack Mullahy and Kayla Cormier
May 15 – Marianne Saluk, Linda Shea, Brendan Daley, Ryan Rendano, Kimberly Banks and Kelly Albino
May 16 – Kyle Parker, Lily Starner, Samantha Chaves, Bill Carnes and Danielle Woodard
May 17 – Jackie Coolidge, Matthew Bonica, Debbie Janusis, Marissa Crue and Mike Walling


May 5 – Mike and Mary Walling, Dennis and Pam Sherman
May 7 – Brendan and Lynne Micciche
May 15 – Tom and Linda Bowen, Rob and Sue Bowen, John and Rachel Duffey
May 16 – Chuck and Chris Searles, Brian and Heidi Rogers


Riverside Gun Club, Wilkins St., sponsored Country Western Night with a hot and cold buffet. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Petkevich marked their 35th wedding anniversary with a party at Buonavia Club. Hudson High School Junior Prom was planned at Chateau deVille, Framingham, and Hudson Catholic High School Prom at The Driftwood in Shrewsbury.
Town Administrator Philip Sowa met with members of the Board of Selectmen. Mrs. Melvin Ritter and Mrs. Donald Eastman were the directors of the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church. James McPartlen, Kenneth Izbicki and William Bonnafe were drawn for jury duty. Members of Hudson Boy Scout Troop 5 attended National Camporee Weekend at West Point Military Academy.

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