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Raiders finally get healthy but fall to East Ridge, 65-55

While Hastings lost to East Ridge on Thursday night, 65-55, boys basketball coach Chad Feikema was excited by what he saw from his team.

"We played really well," he said. "We were back to full strength, and had everybody back in practice.

"Joe (Dittrich) had been out with a concussion for a couple weeks. He was back. Sam (Skoyen) and Craig (Nielsen) had been sick for about a week. We finally got healthy and went out and played really well."

East Ridge is third in the conference with an 11-3 record. Hastings, meanwhile, is 1-13.

The Raiders led for much of the first half before the Raptors went on a late run and took a six-point halftime lead, 25-19.

In the second half, East Ridge took control early before Hastings made it somewhat interesting down the stretch.

East Ridge outscored Hastings 40-36 in the second half.

"I was really proud of our guys and how we played," Feikema said.

Skoyen and Nielsen each had 14 points.

Ross Dylla finished with 10 points, including two three-pointers down the stretch.

Dittrich and Chris Webb each had five points. Alex Wiese finished with three and Drew Pottinger had four.

Vs Stillwater

Hastings lost to Stillwater on Tuesday, 79-42.

The Ponies led 33-15 at halftime and outscored the Raiders 46-27 in the second half.

Stillwater is 8-5 in league play.

Nielsen led Hastings in scoring with 12 points. Dittrich was also in double figures with 11.

Also scoring were: Pottinger, seven; Skoyen, four; Webb, three; Zach Wiese, three; Alex Wiese, two.

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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