Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball team started the season out hot, but their shooting recently cooled off as they dropped two in a row before bouncing back. Last Tuesday, Dec. 12, they lost at home to Eastview 68-59 in a game where they trailed by much more but were able to make a comeback. Two days later, they hosted Rosemount and beat them 61-51 in a well-balanced offensive performance for the Raiders. Hastings is now 3-2 overall as they head into Metro East Conference play. Eastview
Rogers Hastings senior Trey Rogers finally got his Santa hat. After taking fourth at 182 pounds last year in the annual Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rogers beat Tyler Buesgens of Scott West by an 8-6 decision to win the 195-pound championship and was handed a Santa hat by a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' hockey teams struggled this past week in Metro East Conference play. The two teams combined to go 0-4 and were outscored 32-6 as they faced some of the best teams in the area in Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi. With the losses, the Raider boys are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEC. Meanwhile, the Hastings girls are 3-9 with a 1-4 record in the MEC, which is good for a tie for fifth in the conference. Boys
While the Hastings boys' basketball team might have wanted a better record last season, that's not to say it was not a successful season for the Raiders.
Hope, wish, pray, cross your fingers and your toes this winter for plenty of snow, if only for the sake of the Hastings Nordic (and alpine) ski teams. After the very small amount of snow last season, and the trend of not much snow over the last couple seasons, head coach John Dewall said that teams across the area have shrunk as interest has waned.
The Hastings wrestling team started its season 2-2 this past weekend with a Metro East Conference win over Tartan on Friday, Dec. 1, and then went 1-2 at its own Raider Duals event. The Raiders beat Tartan 53-18, lost to 12th-ranked in class AAA St. Francis 51-22, beat a solid Coon Rapids team 39-26 and then fell to third-ranked in AAA Prior Lake 37-32.
Sophomore Mallory Brake reached 1,000 points last Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Hastings' win over Eagan. Brake, having played varsity since seventh grade, need 23 points to hit 1,000 on the nose headed into the game against Eagan. She reached the mark with a free throw in the second half and the game was halted to recognize here achievement. Brake is the seventh girls basketball player in Hastings history to score 1,000 points or more and is the 15th between the boys and girls programs combined to do so.
With competition set to start this week, the Hastings gymnastics team is focused on exceeding the goals it set for the season, something that is their primary focus every season. "Last season was great, we set goals and exceeded all of them," head coach Jeanne Kasel said. "Our junior varsity team really stepped up last season and pulled us to finish third in the conference, and our varsity team did the same. The girls set goals each week and at least 85 percent of the time we would reach or exceed them."
The Hastings boys and girls hockey teams both went 1-1 this last week. The boys stayed at .500 on the season with a win at home against Henry Sibley and a loss on the road at Bloomington Jefferson. Meanwhile, the girls also won their home game against North St. Paul/Tartan before losing at Mahtomedi. A tale of two games
The Hastings wrestling team is coming off a successful season where they took fourth at the Class AAA team state tournament and had three wrestlers place at the individual state tournament. "I thought it was a successful season, the kids really grew as the season went on and I think we peaked at the right time," head coach Josh McLay said about the 2016-17 season. "That's what it's all about in this game, getting the kids to wrestle at the top of their ability when it counts, which is the state tournament."