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River City Rumble debuts in Hastings

Jared Alfveby on the U 10 boys team throws the ball into play from the sideline.

HFC United held its first large-scale fundraiser May 22-23 at Vets Park in Hastings. The River City Rumble brought 54 youth soccer teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin into Hastings for a tournament.

The tournament was organized largely by tournament director Brady Robinson. Robinson and others had been planning the event since last fall.

HFC United is still in its first year and serves young soccer enthusiasts ages 9 through 12. The organization had done small fundraisers prior to the tournament, such as bagging groceries, a spaghetti feed and pancake breakfast, but the River City Rumble was their biggest step into the community.

Helping out in the community is one of HFC United's goals, said Angela Zeyen, the club's vice president, which is why their fundraisers are designed so the athletes can show their presence in the community.

This won't be the last River City Rumble, Zeyen said. HFC United hopes to bring the tournament back again once a year, since this one went so well.

"We were very happy," she said. "Everything went pretty smooth."

The U11 C3 girls and the U11 boys team both placed second in their age groups.

HFC's next project is getting participants registered for fall recreational and traveling soccer. The organization is also preparing for its next event, a beer bust June 12, the day the U.S. faces England in the World Cup. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at RJ's Tavern.

To learn more about HFC United, go to

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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