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Alpine skiing teams battle Forest Lake

Hastings High School's Alpine skiing teams matched up with Forest Lake about as evenly as any two teams could last Thursday night at Wild Mountain. In the regular-season finale for both, the Raiders girls won 29-26, and the boys lost 28-27.

Hastings' Devon Erickson won the girls' meet, finishing two runs with a combined time of 49.41 seconds -- a full second ahead of the second-place skier.

Although Rangers claimed the second and third spots, Hastings' Elisa Dabruzzi (53.74) took fourth, Katie Steiner (55.78) sixth, Kelly Pechous (55.91) seventh and Natalie Arnold (58.1) eighth, boosting the Raiders' team-points total to 29.

Other Raiders who finished the girls' race but did not score team points were Katie Moes in 12th, Emma Wright in 13th, Megan Groth in 16th and Whitney Anderson in 19th.

In the boys' race -- even closer than the girls' -- five Raiders and five Rangers scored team points.

Hastings' Chad Lawrence took first with a combined time of 43.56 seconds. Like Erickson, Lawrence's time was more than a second better than the nearest finisher.

As in the girls' race, the Raiders' next finisher -- Zac Cedarholm (46.55) -- placed fourth, and Hastings also grabbed the sixth and seventh spots, thanks to Greg Webster (47.59) and Jeff Freitag (47.82).

But Forest Lake claimed the eighth and ninth places, earning a one-point advantage. Will Matsch (49.12) placed 10th for Hastings, rounding out the team scoring.

Other Hastings varsity finishers were Ben Smith (12th), Arthur Skov (14th), Aaron Gerlach (15th), Joe Bigelow (18th) and Dan Kennedy (20th).

Jan. 27 result

Hastings swept a non-conference triangular Jan. 27 with Minneapolis and Northfield on both the boys' hill and the girls' hill.

Hastings' boys tipped Northfield 31-24 and Minneapolis 33-22.

The Raiders girls also edged Northfield 31-24, but they dumped Minneapolis 42-13.