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Skiers hitting busy stretch of action

The Hastings Alpine ski teams are entering a very busy stretch as the season gets going in earnest this month.

On Jan. 4, the team competed in a Suburban East Conference meet.

Alyssa Gerlach led the Hastings girls with a 22nd-place finish. She had a combined time of 52.78 seconds.

Also placing were: Juliann Moes, 23rd, 52.88; Gabriella Sorg, 31st, 54.90; Rosie Pechous, 32nd, 55.60; Janna Sorg, 33rd, 55.75; Sara Juelfs, 38th, 57.08; Esther Susag, 57th, 66.51; Danika Truax, 61st, 67.58; and Ursula Rumann, 67th, 76.76.

Juliana Damberg of Mounds View won the meet with a time of 45.88.

Dustin Erickson led the Hastings boys with a fifth-place finish. He had a combined time of 49.53.

Also placing were: Jacob Juelfs, 15th, 53.18; Adam Peine, 17th, 53.25; Stephen O'Conner, 22nd, 55.03; Jordon Shafer, 33rd, 57.73; Micheal Stricker, 51st, 61.55; Chris Erickson, 62nd, 68.64; Nate Strauss, 64th, 69.89; John Schmitz, 68th, 71.76.


In December, the Hastings girls raced in a dual course race with SEC teams.

Gerlach led the Raiders with a seventh-place finish. She had a combined time of 1:05.09.

Also placing were: Moes, 13th, 1:07.61; Gabriella Sorg, 26th, 1:09.93; Pechous, 28th, 1:11.43; Janna Sorg, 36th, 1:15.49; Susag, 39th, 1:16.30; Truax, 47th, 1:19.67; Sara Kieffer, 51st, 1:21.87; Abby Boetcher, 56th, 1:24.96; Whitney Johnson, 57th, 1:25.65.

In the girls junior varsity race, the Raiders were led by Sara Juelfs, who took fifth in 1:21.71.

Also placing were: Paige Gartzke, 10th, 1:24.30; Katie Roach, 14th, 1:30.02; Ellie Peine, 18th, 1:31.84; and Alex Brown, 19th, 1:32.39.

The Hastings varsity boys were led by Erickson, who took sixth in 1:02.16.

Also placing were: Peine, 12th, 1:04.45; O'Connor, 30th, 1:11.50; Stricker, 40th, 1:14.20; Joe Wright, 41st, 1:14.37; Nate Struss, 54th, 1:22.93; John Schmidt, 55th, 1:24.28; and Chris Erickson, 71st, 1:33.31.

In junior varsity, the boys were led by Johnathan Moes, who was sixth in 1:25.39.

Also finishing for the boys was Brian Gapp, 14th, 1:37.77.

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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