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Hastings boys basketball team falls to White Bear and Woodbury

The Hastings boys basketball team lost to White Bear Lake on Friday, 79-49.

In the second half, about three minutes in, Hastings had trimmed the White Bear Lake lead to four points, but starting point guard Joe Dittrich got into foul trouble for Hastings and he had to sit down.

"That was the turning point," coach Chad Feikema said.

In a five-minute stretch, Hastings went from being down four to being down 24.

"Joe had been such a steadying influence in the game up to that point," Feikema said. "When he went out, it really changed how the game was played."

In one stretch, from about the 13-minute mark to about the 11-minute mark, Hastings saw its deficit balloon from eight to 22.

"That one stretch, that was the game right there," Feikema said. "Prior to that we had played really well. After that we played them fairly even. That four minute spurt just really hurt us.

Three Hastings players hit double figures in scoring. Sam Skoyen and Drew Pottinger each had 13 points. Dittrich had 10.

Also scoring were: Zach Wiese, who had three; Chris Webb, who had two; Craig Nielsen, who had eight.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings lost to Woodbury on Tuesday night, 94-64.

The Royals lead the Suburban East Conference standings with a 13-2 record.

Skoyen had a game-high 22 points. Nielsen scored 14 and Dittrich had 10.

Also scoring were: Pottinger, nine; Webb, five; Zach Wiese, three; Christian Bronner, one.

Hastings is now 1-15 in league play.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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